Culture

Liu Yifei  in Disney’s live-action Mulan.

Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom

The upcoming Disney film is already a cultural battleground. But China’s most famous heroine thrives in many tellings.

A wine vessel attributed to the Niobid Painter of Athens.

Pandora’s Vox

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks anticipated robots and artificial intelligence—and they didn’t trust them.

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019.

Archie Windsor Isn’t the Symbol You Think He Is

The newest royal baby represents his country's future identity: not multicultural, but overwhelmingly mixed-race and entirely British.

A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.

Tashkent Underground

The Ilkhom Theatre Company has kept freedom alive in Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Soviet Union.

The spire of Notre Dame collapses as the cathedral is engulfed in flames in Paris on April 15. (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

‘This Restoration Will Take at Least a Decade’

Despite being spared the worst, Notre Dame is not out of danger, says the building expert Caroline Bruzelius.

Director Jia Zhangke speaks at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30, 2018. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Inside Man

Jia Zhangke’s "Ash Is Purest White," socially critical yet officially sanctioned, strikes a middle path for Chinese cinema.

A mural of songwriter Bob Dylan by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?

The purchase represents the cultural aspects of U.S. diplomacy for some and lavish and wasteful spending for others.

Vladimir Putin poses for a photo with the Kremlin-friendly rapper, Timati, during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2005. (Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Israeli literary icon Amos Oz died on Dec. 28 at age 79. Author Ayelet Tsabari considers his legacy.

Bertolt Brecht in 1937. (Fred Stein/Picture-Alliance/dpa/Associated Press)

Poetry for the Masses

1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.

Apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in the Indian capital New Delhi. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Companies Are Ruining America’s Image

The United States has become identified with the global internet economy — for better and worse.

Foto, Michael Melo

The Right to Kill

Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?

Men wave rainbow and 'black lives matter' flags while marching in the annual LGBTQI Pride Parade on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

2017 Was the Year I Learned About My White Privilege

I used to be a smart-alecky conservative who scoffed at “political correctness.” The Trump era has opened my eyes.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a White House briefing Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

An Old Colonel Looks at General Kelly

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about taxes at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on Nov. 29.
 (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is How Every Genocide Begins

Why Trump’s most un-American moment can’t be overlooked.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 19:  Singer and songwriter Lorde at a state luncheon for  Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovicon at Government House August 19, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is on a four day visit to New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Oh, Lorde: New Zealand Singer Picks up Croatian Citizenship

The beloved popstar got the green light to become a Croat.