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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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in London on Nov. 3.

The First Draft Account of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Catastrophe Is Damning

A new book gives the backstory of a dysfunctional early response.

Edward Said portrait

Edward Said Saw the Future of Israel and Palestine

How the literary theorist’s life and work shed light on the epic failure of U.S. Middle East policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) faces Yang Jiechi (left), director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office.

‘Stronger’ Bets the United States Can Outlast China

When it comes to the mutual relationship, Beijing gets a vote.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

The Dark Side of Rwanda’s Rebirth

A new book explores the historical roots and contemporary fallout of Paul Kagame’s aggressive foreign policy.

The Chinese flag flies in San Francisco.

Far-Right Delusions About China Miss the Real Problems

“You Will Be Assimilated” represents a worrying strand in analysis.

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.

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