Five Vital Lessons From George H.W. Bush
From being wary about the Middle East to protecting America’s intelligence services, the former president was far more prescient than he’s often given credit for.
Once Upon a Time, U.S. Foreign Policy Worked
George H.W. Bush's administration was evidence of what the establishment was capable of.
Let Them Eat Statues
Narendra Modi is building multimillion-dollar monuments while India's poorest citizens die of hunger and preventable diseases.
It’s Time to Give Up on Eastern Germany
As the post-Merkel era looms, Germany’s center-right party needs to ditch its eastern base and go back to its western roots.
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.
Never Forget That World War I Was Also Racist
It wasn’t just nationalism that fueled the 20th century’s first great tragedy.
Macron Finds the Immoral Way to Remember World War I
There’s no good reason to pull Marshal Philippe Pétain from the dustbin of history.
For Them, Afghanistan Is Safer Than China
Persecution in Xinjiang is pushing Uighurs over the border.
‘This Is an Existential Test of the Eurozone’
Economic historian Adam Tooze assesses the Italian crisis—and the prospects for a global collapse.
Germany’s New Politics of Cultural Despair
Will the return of the European far-right be the undoing of the West?
The Spanish Fraud
On the podcast: Javier Cercas’s new book on the man who impersonated a Holocaust survivor.
Books in Brief: Fresh Reads on WWII Maritime History, Clipper Ships, and Cambodian Refugees
Foreign Policy staffers review recent releases.
There’s a Better Way to Take White Farmers’ Land
South Africa needs to redistribute property—but not all appropriation is made the same.
India’s Hindu Nationalists Still Feed Off Partition’s Wounds
Assam's citizenship crisis is the latest legacy of a division that made nations.
Spain’s Dictator Is Dead, but the Debate About Him Lives On
Francisco Franco ran Spain with an iron fist for decades—and created myths about his rule that are only now starting to come undone.
Les Monstres Among Us
Two French best-sellers draw warnings for the present from the stories of Hitler’s henchmen.
The Holocaust Existentialist
Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, dead at 92, showed the world the Holocaust through eyewitnesses.
Trump Didn’t Prepare Much for His Meeting With Kim. Will That Matter?
The best improvisation requires prep work.