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Richard Holbrooke stands next to U.S. General Stanlely McChrystal, head of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, before the arrival of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Nov. 18, 2009  in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Heart and Hypocrisy of the American Empire

Richard Holbrooke was a symbol of his country’s promise as a superpower—and its decline.

Female Palestinian shepherds complain to an Israeli soldier after Israeli settlers harassed them and their sheep near the village of Umm el-Kheir in the southern hills of the West Bank near Hebron on January 25, 2014.

The False Promise of Protest

David Shulman’s diaries of resisting the Israeli occupation show the limits of activism in the face of rampant dispossession and despair.

An Indian police commando stands guard in front of the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on November 25, 2010, ahead of the second anniversary of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Not as Safe as You Think It Is

Hotel Mumbai is a tale of courage. It is also a worrying reminder of India’s security flaws.

Director Jia Zhangke speaks at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 30, 2018. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Inside Man

Jia Zhangke’s "Ash Is Purest White," socially critical yet officially sanctioned, strikes a middle path for Chinese cinema.

Odette Sansom served as a courier spy in Britain’s Special Operations Executive during World War II. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Writing Women at War

A slate of new releases reexamine gender in conflict.

From left to right: Marco Graf as Pepe, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marina De Tavira as Sofía, Diego Cortina Autrey as Toño, and Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco in "Roma," written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. (Carlos Somonte via Netflix)

‘Roma’ Is a Gorgeous Homage to Domestic Oppression

Alfonso Cuarón’s masterpiece may be Oscar worthy, but it fails to address the problems of Latin American households.

Yahya Sinwar (C-R), the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Ismail Haniyeh (C-L), the senior leader of the movement's political bureau, attend the funeral of a Hamas official in Gaza City on March 25, 2017.

Can Israel’s Iron Wall Contain Hamas?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has tried to keep the Islamist group in check, but the situation in Gaza is as unstable as ever.

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), right, cares for Rahil’s son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), after 
Rahil is detained in Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum. (Fares Sokhon/Sony Pictures Classics)

Broke in Beirut

In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki finds a new way for film to deal with poverty.

In Chinese Parents, the player struggles with the challenges of raising a kid in modern China. (Coconut Island Games)

Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

A new video game captures the anxiety of Chinese parenting.

Bertolt Brecht in 1937. (Fred Stein/Picture-Alliance/dpa/Associated Press)

Poetry for the Masses

1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.

People carry German flags and a banner which reads "Stop Islamization" during a march organized by the far-right AfD party in Rostock,  Germany on September 22, 2018.

Germany’s New Politics of Cultural Despair

Will the return of the European far-right be the undoing of the West?

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shakes hands with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the start of the second trilateral meeting with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David on Sept. 7, 1978. The talks led to the Camp David Accords.(Bettmann Archives via Getty Images)

Did Camp David Doom the Palestinians?

A new diplomatic history argues that the United States, Egypt, and Israel prevented a Palestinian state from emerging. But leaders such as Yasser Arafat bear much of the blame.

Rescue workers carry a body on Aug. 9, 1998, in the aftermath of a bombing two days earlier that targeted the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. (AFP/Getty Images)

A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity

A review of Prudence Bushnell’s new book on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.

The “Founding Fathers” exhibit at the House of European History highlights key architects of European integration. (Dominique Hommel/European Union 2018 – EP)

Night at the Museum

Brussels’s new European history museum could put anyone to sleep.

Kotryna Zukauskaite illustration for Foreign Policy

Germany’s Return of the Repressed 

The country’s far-right wants to revive ethnic nationalism. The left must come up with its own alternative.

Gen. Charles de Gaulle leads a triumphant procession down Champs-Élysées as part of the celebration of the liberation of Paris. To the right of de Gaulle is Gen. Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, commander of the French Armored Division. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The European Union Needs Its Own Charles de Gaulle

There’s nothing wrong with today’s EU that France’s legendary 20th-century leader didn’t see coming—and didn’t try to fix when he had the chance.

Andrea Ucini illustration for Foreign Policy

Les Monstres Among Us

Two French best-sellers draw warnings for the present from the stories of Hitler’s henchmen.

Photograph of Judith Shklar, March 1972. UAV 605.295.11, Box 3.  Harvard University Archives.

Who’s Afraid of Judith Shklar?

Meet the American philosopher who showed that Western politics could only move forward by first taking a step backward.

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