Does Le Pen Read Houellebecq?
Why European intellectuals’ despair could herald the continent’s next wave of dangerous politics.
The Making of the Modern Superheroine
Why comic-book crusaders have nothing on the real-life women who changed the world in 2015.
Could American Spooks Provoke War with Beijing?
U.S. intelligence agencies are turning spy missions into provocations in the South China Sea.
The Baby Benefits Club
Generous parental-leave policies at Netflix and Virgin might signal a shift in the global labor market.
Mexico’s Crude Capitalism
The country is providing a model for a new Latin American energy policy. But will it work?
Japan’s Trans-Friendly Comic Book Revolution
From <i>Wandering Son</i> to boys’ love, how manga is helping straight-laced Japan come to terms with LGBT rights.
Why Silicon Valley’s notion that failure leads to success won’t work for the rest of the world.
What @Snowden Told Me About the NSA’s Cyberweapons
From MonsterMind to TreasureMap, we’ve only just scratched the surface of the United States’ hyper-clandestine offensive capabilities.
The Fall Guy
Getting rid of Hagel is not a cure for what ails Obama's national security team -- it's a symptom of the disease.
4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn’t Happen
Washington would like to believe it has a lot more leverage over Tehran than it really does.
The threat posed by the Islamic State to the United States is being overblown to a dangerous -- and untruthful -- degree. So why are we letting our government officials get away with it?
The Catch-22 of Barack Obama
Dealing with Congress could drive anyone nuts, but with his immigration move, Obama is crazy like a fox.
It’s Time to Start Giving a Shit About Toilets
Don't snicker: Open defecation is one of the world's most stubborn problems. And the inability to adopt even Victorian-era sanitation is keeping India from being a superpower.
Apply the Rigor of Investing to Foreign Aid
There's a reason Americans are confused about the value of overseas development assistance. And there's also a fix -- if the State Department gets serious about the next QDDR.
I’m Back From Liberia and Under a (Self-Imposed) Quarantine in Brooklyn
Going from Monrovia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell.
The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East
The Obama administration is conducting a "policy review" on what to do about Syria and Iraq. But rehashing the same strategy could just make a bad situation even worse.
Bashar al-Assad and the Devil’s Bargain
A new plan to stop the bleeding in Syria means agreeing to a limited truce with the regime in Damascus. It’s repugnant -- but is it wrong?
Putin Sends His ‘Leopard’ to the Battlefield of Eastern Ukraine
Sophisticated Russian weapons have been spotted near Donetsk, signaling a dangerous new phase in the conflict may be underway.
Trapped in Syria
The number of refugees fleeing Syria has dropped dramatically -- but that's not good news. In fact, it's terrible.
Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?
In the Age of Fear, the sensational always overtakes the important.