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.


Brexit’s Dunkirk Fantasyland

If the cultural roots of Brexit are reduced to one sentiment, it is that Britain did not win two world wars to be run by Germany via Brussels.


Who Will Win the Battle for the Bolshoi?

The cancellation of a controversial ballet at Russia’s premiere theater holds dark clues as to where the country could be headed after Putin.


The Elephant in the Comedy Club

A troupe of popular young comics avoids mixing humor and politics in Rwanda.

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For the Love of Welsh Rarebit

In a politically correct era, is it ever OK to crave colonialist cuisine?

CORAL GABLES, FL - APRIL 27:  Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.  (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images)

‘Despacito’ Is Too Sexy for Malaysia, Says Minister

State-owned outlets are prohibited from broadcasting the steamy Latin hit.


Screw Brad Pitt and the ‘War Machine’ He Rode in On

The Stanley McChrystal — and the war in Afghanistan — I knew is not at all like what you’ll see on Netflix.


Don’t Call It Brexit Radio

Union JACK Radio was supposed to celebrate the quirks of British culture, from tea and scones to Mr. Bean. Then came Brexit. Then came the angry tweets.

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Elmo Joins the Forever War

"Sesame Street" is heading to Syrian refugee camps, a blessing for kids with little hope. Better yet, experts say, Elmo and friends can help fight extremism.

On this episode of The E.R., the Panel joins forces with Lawfare to have a conversation with Bob Bauer and A.B. Culvahouse.

The Power of the Arts

How can culture be used to address some of the greatest challenges of our time?


UNESCO Fights Back As ISIS Tries to Stamp Out Culture

In an interview with Foreign Policy, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova talks about why cultural destruction matters in the fight against terrorism.

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 22: A man looks at antiques on display at Cenral Souq on July 22, 2015 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The Urgency of Art in a Dangerous, Rapidly Changing World

With the first Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, Foreign Policy seeks to highlight the power of collective imagination as a force for good.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY RIAD ABOU AWAD Palestinians watch an episode of the Syrian TV drama series "Bab al-Hara" at a cafe in Arab east Jerusalem, after breaking their fast on August 25, 2009. Arabic television is counting on an explosion of Ramadan serials to restore losses from the global recession, but some concerned Muslims are scrambling to pull the faithful back to prayer during the holy month.   AFP PHOTO /AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Good Television Beat the Islamic State?

How a Saudi television network — with a hand from Hollywood showrunners — is countering the narrative of terrorist propaganda.

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