How the United States Learned to Love Human Rights
The United States’ human rights story started less than 50 years ago with the extraordinary efforts of one president—and could end this November with the re-election of another.
China Wants Workers to Stay in the Countryside
Beijing is doubling down on its plan to keep migrants out of big cities.
Why Scientists Should Shape Environmental Policy
The case of fracking in Pennsylvania shows that if experts and fossil fuel industry leaders can cooperate, innovation is possible.
In Honduras, the U.S. War on Drugs Is Empowering Corrupt Elites
The Central American country has become a transit zone for drug traffickers and the center of a biofuel boom. Dispossessed indigenous groups are paying the price.
Wall Street Was America’s First Foe in World War II
Breaking up monopolies was the first step in fighting Hitler.
When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees
In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia.
The True Story of the Genetically Modified Superfood That Almost Saved Millions
The imperiled birth—and slow decline—of Golden Rice.
Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable
U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.
Putting Our Own People First
Defining “us” and “them” is crucial for the success of far-right parties, and the boundaries are constantly shifting.
Russian Disinformation Distorted Reality in Ukraine. Americans Should Take Note.
Putin’s propaganda portrayed Ukraine as a fascist state filled with anti-Semites. Despite Ukrainians’ election of a Jewish president, the image has stuck.
The Old Guard Are Killing the World’s Youngest Country
South Sudan was born amid great hope but has since descended into war. It will take a new generation of leaders to make it a successful state.
The Man Who Stole South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged a new dawn as president, but the secretary-general of his own party has built a web of corruption that thrives on darkness.
Is India’s Modi a Reformer or a Performer?
In the world’s biggest democracy, good politics often have nothing to do with good economics.
Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export
Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought.
From Doughnut Girls to Den Mothers and Cheerleaders
The U.S. military has long relied on women to entertain the troops. Here’s how that’s slowly changing.
How to Steal an Election in Broad Daylight
Autocrats and counterfeit democrats have perfected the art of rigging polls to stay in power — without breaking any laws.
The Israelis Who Prevented a War With Iran
Netanyahu came close to ordering airstrikes in 2010 — but was thwarted by his own security chiefs.
Why Democracy Doesn’t Deliver
Endless elections, unqualified leaders, uninformed voters, and short-term thinking are impeding economic growth.
China’s Zombie Firms Can’t Lurch Forever
As state-backed companies' debts mount, China faces an inevitable slowdown.
Can’t Stop the Shining
Solar power is the world’s most promising clean energy solution, but governments must abandon outdated policies for it to succeed.
How Israel Won a War but Paid a High Moral Price
A decade of targeted assassinations has pushed the boundaries of Israel's laws and military ethics — and harmed its image across the globe.
Max Hastings on C.S. Forester’s classic tale of World War I, ‘The General’
C.S. Forester recognized that his fumbling half-hero was as much a tragic figure as the men whom he led, often to their deaths.
The Secret History of Diplomats and Invisible Weapons
The alleged use of a “sound weapon” against U.S. Embassy officials in Cuba harks back to a Cold War medical mystery.
What the West Got Wrong in Syria
As President Bashar al-Assad tightens his grip over the country, it's time for those who tried to topple him to take stock of where they went wrong.
Book excerpt: From the veterans memoirs of ‘Swift Boats at War in Vietnam’
By the time I got to Cat Lo in mid-1970 the Navy was turning over all the American Swift Boats to the Vietnamese.