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Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."
Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."

Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors

The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.

A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear
A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear

Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

A new book compares different countries’ responses to the pandemic, and the conclusions are intriguing.

Book covers
Book covers

Foreign Policy’s Summer Reading List

Our top picks, from campus novels to science fiction to globe-spanning histories.

An engraving depicts King Alfred the Great of England dividing his kingdom into counties and instituting tithes as a form of taxation.
An engraving depicts King Alfred the Great of England dividing his kingdom into counties and instituting tithes as a form of taxation.

Is Brexit a Swamp Creature From 10,000 Years Ago?

Ian Morris’s latest pop history looks for the roots of British particularism.

Workers remove a banner
Workers remove a banner

‘The Lazarus Heist’ Is the Gripping Story of North Korean Cybercrime

Worryingly, Washington’s concern does not rise to the level of the danger.

A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, Libya on June 27, 2017.
A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 migrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, Libya on June 27, 2017.

The Next Mediterranean Migration Crisis Will Be Worse

A new book tells the forgotten story of migrants stranded in Libya amid United Nations incompetence and Western indifference.

A top shot of a man in a hat looking at a newspaper.
A top shot of a man in a hat looking at a newspaper.

Inside the Waning Days of al Qaeda

A new book on the documents recovered in the Abbottabad raid reveals an organization far weaker than many believed it to be.

A U.S. destroyer approaches an aircraft carrier during the Manila offensive in the Philippines during World War II
A U.S. destroyer approaches an aircraft carrier during the Manila offensive in the Philippines during World War II

The Navy Made America a Superpower Once. Can It Again?

Paul Kennedy made his name bemoaning America’s decline. Now, he highlights a way to reverse it.

An aerial view of firebombed Tokyo in 1945.
An aerial view of firebombed Tokyo in 1945.

When Tokyo Burned

“Paper City” explores the forgotten firebombing of Japan’s capital.

Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel
Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel

Has Hollywood Fallen Out of Love With Israel?

A recent book examines the origins and end of an affair between the film industry and the Jewish state.

An earth mover loads a truck with coal at the Wieczorek coal mine in Katowice, Poland, on April 14, 2004.
An earth mover loads a truck with coal at the Wieczorek coal mine in Katowice, Poland, on April 14, 2004.

Should We Burn More Fossil Fuels, Not Less?

A sequel to “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” doubles down on a flawed defense of oil, gas, and coal.

Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.
Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.
An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Bill Gates’s Pandemic Prevention Plan Has a China-Sized Blind Spot

In his new book, the billionaire philanthropist focuses on technical solutions but ignores politics.

Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.
Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.

It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse

Asia gets the attention, but the real economic revolution is the inevitable growth of an overlooked continent.

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