The Weapon Britain’s Parliament Can’t Do Without
The mace is a symbol of royal power—and sometimes of lawmakers’ anger.
‘Chernobyl’ Shows How the Soviets Squashed Scientists
The brutal legacy of industrialization left the “scientific-technical intelligentsia” in the cold.
While You Weren’t Looking, General Haftar Has Been Taking Over Libya
Despite the drawn-out political instability plaguing the country, a negotiated rise to power for Haftar is not the answer.
At Trump’s Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal
The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.
Trump Officials Can’t Rescue Their Reputations With Op-Eds
They argue their actions are saving the republic, but they are really trying to save themselves.
Making American Bureaucracy Terrible Again
The Trump administration's petty corruption will have a clear legacy: more red tape for years to come.
McMaster’s Problem Isn’t Trump. It’s Mattis and Kelly.
The "axis of adults" has been running foreign policy, but the national security advisor was quickly pushed to the kids' table.
China’s Middle Class Is Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Itself
The rural poor are increasingly unwelcome in China’s big cities.
China’s War on Poverty Could Hurt the Poor Most
The government is pushing people out of rural squalor — and into urban dependence.
I Was Hillary Clinton’s Chief Foreign-Policy Advisor. And I Have a #MeToo Mea Culpa.
Men in positions of power need to do better. That includes me.
Spain Is Flirting With Another Civil War
Will Madrid’s coming standoff with Catalonia be resolved around a negotiating table, or either sides of barricades?
The Only Enemy Pakistan’s Army Can Beat Is Its Own Democracy
The country's prime ministers have always come and gone at the behest of the generals who really run the country.
Why Has Rex Tillerson Belly-Flopped as Secretary of State?
Four explanations for the abject failure of America's top diplomat.
Os vários tons de Maíra Mutti Araújo
Num país famoso por um ideal de mistura racial, a luta de uma candidata para usar cotas raciais levanta questões complexas sobre cor e identidade no Brasil.
Book Talk Part II: Can the U.S. Government Survive Nuclear War?
In his new book, "Raven Rock," Garrett Graff uncovers the secret programs meant to keep America alive.
Trump Needs to Get Schooled on Commander-in-Chief Skills
The president should learn how to delegate responsibility and build strong civilian-military relations.
The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World
Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook the Trump administration will reach for if it stumbles into a nuclear war.
Trump vs. The Bureaucracy
With a president trying to challenge and discredit Washington’s establishment, how is our government supposed to accomplish anything?
Was Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Intentionally Malevolent or Merely Incompetent?
Why process matters when you’re making policy.