The Pentagon on 9/11

How the United States Terrorized Itself

“Reign of Terror” is an important, heated look at America’s post-9/11 wars.

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters prepare to burn posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China protest in Allahabad, India, on June 17, 2020.

Playing Chess With China

A new book by a former Indian envoy to Beijing has important lessons for today’s policymakers.

An Afghan Pashtun tribal elder speaks to an interpreter.

Why Afghanistan’s Tribes Beat the United States

Tightly bound kinship networks aren’t vestiges of the past. They’re a modern—and effective—form of political organization.

A tour bus passes the Wall Street bull in the financial district January 22, 2007 in New York City.

The Power—and Weakness—of Capitalist Ethics

A new book offers a storied U.S. bank as a model—but also serves as a cautionary tale.

Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2 and Idris Elba as Bloodsport

‘The Suicide Squad’ Is a Dark Parody of America’s Imperial Fiascos

The supervillain movie demonstrates the possibilities—and limits—of the genre.

Indira Gandhi gives a speech.

Indira Gandhi’s Lesson for Modi

A new account of India’s state of emergency in the 1970s takes on fresh relevance amid its ongoing erosion of democracy.

Egyptian demonstrators tear down a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

In Alaa al-Aswany’s New Novel, Dictatorship Keeps Winning

“Republic of False Truths” defers any happy ending to the Arab Spring.

Portrait taken on May 12, 1982 of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Postmodern America Didn’t Deserve Jimmy Carter

A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.

Speechwriter Ben Rhodes attends press briefing.

Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

The registration room in hut 6 at Bletchley Park on Oct. 22, 1943. British cryptographers used the intelligence center during World War II to decipher top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces.

How World War II Code-Breakers Created the Modern Digital World

In “Geniuses at War,” David A. Price convincingly recounts a heroic and tragic tale.

Tattered American Flag After Hurricane Sandy

America, Indicted

Yes, the United States is deeply divided and probably undeserving of global leadership, as two new books argue. But who else is there?


Foreign Policy’s Summer Reading List

Our columnists’ top picks, from the wonky to the meditative.

Community residents look at a poster of "Black Wall Street" in Tulsa.

How the Tulsa Race Massacre Vanished

And why it’s not enough to recover its history.

Benjamin Netanyahu with an unidentified friend at the entrance to his family home in Jerusalem in 1967, and his father, Benzion Netanyahu, when he was a professor at the University of Denver in 1968.

How the Netanyahus Explain the World

A new novel offers a family history of Israel’s former prime minister—and insight into the dangers of any form of nationalism.

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