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

Politics as Theater

On watching Gogol in Simferopol, and more.

A Tibetan prayer flag
A Tibetan prayer flag

Tibetans Fight to Keep Their Language Alive

The diaspora is preserving Tibetan as Chinese oppression grows at home.

An orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia
An orchestra at the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia

The Last String of Russian Greatness Is About to Snap

A great classical music tradition might die because of the Ukraine invasion.

Bad Bunny performs for the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards broadcast from Yankee Stadium in New York City on Aug. 28.
Bad Bunny performs for the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards broadcast from Yankee Stadium in New York City on Aug. 28.

Bad Bunny and the Political History of Reggaeton

The genre is the product of migration, rebirth, and the struggle to be heard.

Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

How Soviet Artists Created Their Own Vision of Tolkien

Around the world, artists provide snapshots into national psyches.

Pablo Picasso with his arts dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler
Pablo Picasso with his arts dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

How Picasso Became Big Business

A new history of modern art flips the script by focusing on dealers, collectors, and curators.

Green cladding surrounds the Ghazanchetsots, an Armenian Apostolic cathedral damaged in the war, during construction on the building in Shusha on Sept. 25.
Green cladding surrounds the Ghazanchetsots, an Armenian Apostolic cathedral damaged in the war, during construction on the building in Shusha on Sept. 25.
Israel G. Vargas illustration for Foreign Policy/Netflix/Amazon
Israel G. Vargas illustration for Foreign Policy/Netflix/Amazon
Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye
Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye

The Education of Pap Ndiaye

A quiet academic becomes a lightning rod in France’s culture wars.

A person walks past a grid of mostly domestic movie posters in Seoul in 2006.
A person walks past a grid of mostly domestic movie posters in Seoul in 2006.

South Korea’s Film Rules Need a Reboot

The success of productions such as “Squid Game” and “Parasite” prove the industry can hold its own without excessive protectionism.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses members of the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses members of the Scottish Parliament.

The Scots Question

As the government in Edinburgh plans another independence referendum, does language have a role to play?

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

Book covers
Book covers

Foreign Policy’s Summer Reading List

Our top picks, from campus novels to science fiction to globe-spanning histories.

A Syrian refugee has coffee and cake in Sweden.
A Syrian refugee has coffee and cake in Sweden.

Swedengate Was a Lesson in How Easily Misinformation Spreads

One person’s anecdote became a false lesson in national character.

A man walks through Mariupol, Ukraine.
A man walks through Mariupol, Ukraine.

Russia’s Imperial Arrogance Is Destroying Ukrainian Heritage

The Kremlin believes it’s the true heir of classical civilization—and is poised to replicate its pillage of Syria in Ukraine under the guise of cultural preservation.

Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel
Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel

Has Hollywood Fallen Out of Love With Israel?

A recent book examines the origins and end of an affair between the film industry and the Jewish state.

A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.

How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure

Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian culture. The West must help those working to preserve it.

Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.
Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

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china-fairytale-review-xinmei-liu-site

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

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