How Putin and the KGB Took Control of Russia—and Duped the West
An important new book details the carefully calculated rise of a modern-day tsar.
British Elites Know Who Isn’t Quite Their Type
The term “posh” appeals to foreigners, but the British know there are teeth underneath the smile.
Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability
Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.
Egypt Doesn’t Matter Anymore
The death of Mohamed Morsi is the latest milestone along the country’s slide into terminal irrelevance.
America Isn’t as Powerful as It Thinks It Is
The era of unilateralism is over—and Washington is the last to realize it.
By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America
Washington’s extraordinary unilateralism is cracking the foundation of its global financial power.
Bullies Don’t Win at Diplomacy
President Donald Trump is learning that, just because the United States is powerful, that doesn’t mean it can push other countries around.
Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime
As the kingdom experiences momentous change, women are keenly aware that the weight of history is on their shoulders.
Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor
Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.
1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip
Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.
The American Brexit Is Coming
Why rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be a colossal mistake.
Innovations: Can China’s Super-Sensitive New Telescope Talk to E.T.?
Plus, a sub that stays dry, a B2-inspired battery, and a DNA scanner that catches poachers red-handed.
Why Black People Must Help Africa Develop
The marginalization of blacks in America won’t end until we have a first-world African nation to lift up our people.
China’s Much-Heralded NSC Has Disappeared
Is it a sign of Beijing’s secrecy or Xi Jinping’s weakness?
Preventing a Blackout by Taking the Power Grid Offline
What can stop hackers from turning off America’s lights? Old-school equipment that’s not connected to the web.
These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries
Going stateless to maximize profits, multinational companies are vying with governments for global power. Who is winning?
Did Russia Knock Out Ukraine’s Power Grid?
Some 700,000 Ukrainians lost electricity as Christmas approached. Signs point to Russian hackers — and it could be a harbinger of cyberstrikes to come.