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Illustration by Matt Chase

Washington’s Sleeping Sickness

The greatest force at work in America's capital is inertia.

Photographs by Erin Trieb

Can an American Soldier Ever Die in Vain?

What Shakespeare, Lincoln, and 
"Lone Survivor" teach us about the danger 
of refusing to confront futility in war.

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10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers

How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.

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Portrait of the Army as a Work in Progress

The service's plan to revamp itself for the post-post-9/11 world is ambiguous and rife with contradiction. That's what makes it brilliant.

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Arctic Sovereignty: A Short History

How a frigid no man's land became one of the most hotly contested territories on Earth. 

Photoillustration by FP

Target:?

The United States has spent $1 billion on a weapon that 
has no mission. And started an arms race with China in the process.

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Poverty: Not a Crime, but in Our DNA

How hardship makes children grow up faster -- literally.

Illustration by Sébastien Thibault

Watch Yourself Clean

How to shake off those regrets -- no Lady Macbeth routine required.

Illustration by Radio

The Looming Robotics Gap

Why America's global dominance in military technology is starting to crumble.

Illustration by Sébastien Thibault

Law & Order: Rogue States Unit

What a peek inside America's prisons can tell us about U.S.-Iran relations.

Illustration by Robert Ball

Epiphanies from Hank Paulson

The former U.S. Treasury secretary on China's economy, bitcoin, and the problem with new ideas.

Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

‘The State Doesn’t Exist for You’

Israel says it wants to lift its Bedouin citizens out of poverty. But it keeps demolishing their villages.

Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

The Musharraf Boomerang

Could the new Pakistani government’s pursuit of the country’s former dictator be its own undoing?

Illustration by Andrew Zbihlyj

Putin’s Empire of the Mind

How Russia's president morphed from realist to ideologue -- and what he'll do next.

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