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An illustration of a sparkling fuse on a cybersecurity bomb.

Cybersecurity Ignorance Is Dangerous

A new book gets the policy recommendations right while making technical errors that could undermine trust in its conclusions.

A production still from Yasuke.

The Real Yasuke Is Far More Interesting Than His Netflix Show

Japan’s fascination with the true tale of a Black samurai goes back decades.

Soldiers of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army sit on the back of a Military Toyota Land Cruiser at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, on March 25, 2016.

Why America’s Trillion-Dollar War on Terrorism Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram

A new book emphasizes the perils of social media campaigns and the limits of military intervention in saving Nigeria’s Chibok children.

Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a photo while on vacation in Siberia on March 21.

Putin Is No Unicorn

“Weak Strongman” argues that to better understand Russia, we need to move past our fixation with its president.

A mujra dancer on stage in Pakistan.

‘Showgirls of Pakistan’ Doesn’t Need Your Victim Narrative

In a new documentary about mujra dancers, Saad Khan escapes the Western documentary complex to give his subjects the chance to speak in their own words.

Australian infantrymen sit on a transport as they head toward the beach at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915.

The Real Reason Britain Gambled at Gallipoli

A new book argues that Churchill’s famous folly was ultimately about food, fear, and free trade.

A U.S. soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight with insurgents in the Pech Valley, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2012.

A Masterful Account of America’s Doomed Afghanistan Mission

Wesley Morgan’s “The Hardest Place” is embedded reporting at its finest.

A national flag show is seen at Chaoyang park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Power of Narrative

A new book explains why some nations rise and others don’t.

A photo from the film “The Mole Agent.”

Octogenarian Sherlock Holmes

Oscar-nominated “The Mole Agent” is a film noir take on life in a Chilean nursing home.

Refugees walk with their goats in floodwaters at the Dadaab refugee complex, in the northeast of Kenya, on April 17, 2018.

The West’s Obsession With ‘Good Refugees’ Is Bad Policy

Wealthy countries love to celebrate immigrant success stories, but they are letting many potentially productive citizens fall through the cracks.

A portrait of Jennifer Doudna, inventor of the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR.

What Is It to Be Human Anymore?

Walter Isaacson explores the future of gene editing. But that future is already here, and it’s more than a bit scary.

Gabi Ashkenazi gives a statement at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Has Israel Pushed Realpolitik to Its Limits?

Two new books examine how an isolated state managed to expand its diplomatic horizons.

A German flag flutters at the stern of an excursion ship over the container gantry cranes of the Port of Hamburg on Oct. 26, 2018.

We All Live in Germany’s World

How the German government accelerated the 20th century’s economic march toward neoliberalism.

srebrenica genocide memorial

The Wounds of the Bosnian Genocide Haven’t Healed

An Oscar-nominated film exposes the crimes of Srebrenica at a time when the perpetrators are still celebrated in Serbia and beyond.

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How Liberals Lost in Israel

The decline of Israeli democracy holds lessons for the United States.

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