History Lesson

Members of the Broadway cast of 'Hamilton,' perform music from the production for President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and other guests in the East Room of the White House on March 14, 2016 in Washington.

Does ‘Hamilton’ Have All the Answers for U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.

A painting of the World War I Battle of Jutland shows the sinking hit of the British battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable shortly before its explosion on May 31, 1916. (Willy Stöwer/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

The U.S. Navy Has Forgotten What It’s Like to Fight

The U.K.'s defeat at Jutland is a reminder of how a victorious force can get lazy.

Muslim worshippers perform Friday noon prayer near the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem's Old City's al-Aqsa mosque compound on Dec. 22, 2017. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestine Is a Victim of the Iranian-Saudi War

The two regional powerhouses are more focused on fighting each other than challenging Trump's Jerusalem decision.

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No, Polish Cavalry Never Attacked Nazi Tanks, Irate Poland Tells ‘Mad Money’ Host

The Polish Embassy slammed a CNBC segment, saying it ‘recycled Nazi propaganda.’


Did Hiroshima Save Japan From Soviet Occupation?

Stalin had planned to seize a major Japanese island. When Truman refused, Stalin blinked. Why?


The House of Habsburg, Revisited

Nearly a century after its spectacular demise, why Europe's most embarrassing anachronism is making a comeback.

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JFK’s Greatest Legacy

America has spent 50 years asking, "What if?"


How the Beirut Bombing Spawned the Modern Surveillance State

A 1983 terror attack caught the U.S. with its eyes closed. It swore to keep watching and watching and watching.

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Rogue State

Think Israel wouldn't strike Iran's nukes in defiance of America's wishes? Think again.


Return to the Bad Old Days

Will Egypt’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood fan the embers of Islamic insurgency?

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Bad Manners

The seven-decade-old slight that still poisons U.S.-China relations.


Speaking with the Enemy

What Ho Chi Minh can teach us about bringing peace to Afghanistan.

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Silent Shuttle

If John Kerry wants to make peace in the Middle East, he's going to need some Kissinger mojo.

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Detroit’s Quixotic Bid to Host the United Nations

What if the U.N.'s headquarters had been on Lake St. Clair instead of the East River?


‘Face’ and Something ‘Delicious’

What Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip to see Vladimir Putin.

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What Richard III Can Teach Us Today

The world is grown so bad that wrens make prey where eagles dare not perch. Can Shakespeare’s fallen tyrant help us set it to rights?

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The Songs of Angry Men

Can Les Misérables help us understand why some revolutions succeed and others barely get off the ground?


North Korea Does Not Believe in Unicorns

But it does believe in promoting a fanciful version of its own history.


Egyptian Idol

The Salafi threat to blow up the pyramids is nothing new: Egypt's ambivalence toward its past dates back centuries.