Antony Blinken’s Wonk Rock Is Everything a D.C. Dad Could Dream Of
What hidden messages are there in these sultry hits from the likely next U.S. secretary of state?
In the Trenches With the Colonizer
The French Senegalese writer David Diop revises the modernist archetype with a protagonist long excluded from World War I literature: the African soldier on the front lines.
In Memoir, Obama Calls Putin a ‘Ward Boss, Except With Nukes’
The former U.S. president frankly assesses foreign leaders he met—and many fail to earn his esteem.
What Is India’s Foreign-Policy Vision?
S. Jaishankar’s “The India Way” is a rare book by a sitting foreign minister.
Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World
In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.
The 4 False Deathbeds of John F. Kennedy
The 35th president grew up wealthy, privileged, callow—and extremely sensitive to the weakness of others.
Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran
Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.
You Can Only See Liberalism From the Bottom
Why Pankaj Mishra sees the ideology’s limits more clearly than its most powerful fans.
Feeling Like an Outcast
The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.
How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan
The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.
Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict—and Beijing Is Winning
‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.
The Refugee Crisis Is Now a German Superhero Movie
The most persuasive portrait of Angela Merkel’s decision-making five years ago is featured in a new television film.
Strategic Lunacy Doesn’t Play in Reality
“The Madman Theory” hands Trump a foreign-policy report card.
The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal
Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.
For Sri Lankan Refugees, a Free and Fair Australia Is a Myth
A murder mystery is an indictment of Australia’s draconian immigration policy that has left many legitimate asylum-seekers detained, deported, or dead.
When the Numbers Don’t Add Up in China
A historian explores how Beijing has tackled its statistical woes over the years.
Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?
A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.
A Portrait of India on Fire
Megha Majumdar’s bestselling novel “A Burning” begins with a train in flames. But what really gets torched is the Indian Dream.
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.
Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir
The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.
Rethinking American History in Trump’s Shadow
Catastrophes like the pandemic or the president shape the past as much as the future.
4 Reads on a Frighteningly Plausible Vision of the Future
“Burn-In” fascinated and scared me as a cop, spy, writer, and citizen.
Putting Lipstick on a Bigotry
Former British Prime Minister Theresa May’s top advisor wants to remake conservatism. Instead he’s written a rousing defense of Little England xenophobia.
Amid Darkness, There Is Still Hope in the Middle East
A rare book treats the region’s residents as empowered individuals who can shape their collective future, rather than portraying them as geopolitical pawns.
Selling Your Soul to the Kremlin
A new book chronicles the Faustian bargain that Russians—from holy men to human rights activists—have made with Vladimir Putin’s government.
Poland Is Becoming a Global Capital of Chutzpah
As the government cracks down on Holocaust remembrance, the country’s Jewish art scene is thriving like never before.
Will Abiy Ahmed’s Bet on Ethiopia’s Political Future Pay Off?
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has disbanded Africa’s largest political party in an effort to reinvent the country’s politics—but some powerful players stand to lose, and they won’t go quietly.