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A photo from the film Quo Vadis, Aida?

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” could do for the Srebrenica massacre what “Schindler’s List” accomplished for the Holocaust.

From left: Reporter Kate Webb in 1968; reporter Frances Fitzgerald on May 1, 1973; and photographer Catherine Leroy about to jump with the 173rd Airborne during
Operation Junction City in South Vietnam on Feb. 22, 1967.
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How 3 Women Broke Into the Uber-Macho World of War Reporting

“You Don’t Belong Here” tells the story of three trailblazers who cleared the way for generations of female journalists after them.

The U.S. Marine Corp’s Iwo Jima Memorial can be seen as sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7, 2020.

A World Without War

A new book argues that America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats—and we’d all be better off without it.

Omar Roman and Michelle Chinos hang a poster in their search for family member Homero Roman Gómez in Brooks County, Texas.

The Rolling Tragedy of ‘Missing in Brooks County’

A new documentary reveals the human cost of a decadeslong deterrence policy at the southern U.S. border. Will President Biden do anything about it?

Members of the Kurdish Women's Protection Units arrive on the front lines in the eastern outskirts of Raqqa on July 18, 2017.

The Women Who Helped Topple the Caliphate

“The Daughters of Kobani” chronicles the female Kurdish fighters who battled terrorists, fought for equality, and then got stabbed in the back.

María Mercedes Coroy in Jayro Bustamante's "La Llorona"

The Dictator’s Ghost

Horror has always been political. In Jayro Bustamante’s “La Llorona,” the long shadow of genocide haunts the house.

A scene from the documentary "76 Days."

‘76 Days’ Turns the Wuhan Outbreak Into Bleak Poetry

A terse, restrained documentary records the stubborn resilience of the city.

The Charging Bull Statue is covered by snow in Lower Manhattan during a winter storm on Feb. 1, 2021 in New York City.

Social Welfare Is as American as Apple Pie

Mike Konczal’s ‘Freedom From the Market’ resurrects a lost U.S. tradition.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria of the White House Aug. 31, 2013 in Washington.

Foreign-Policy Pragmatism Is Back. So Are Its Flaws.

A new book by a Biden administration official puts a spotlight on the wisdom—and limits—of diplomatic competence.

A protester holds a Trump flag inside the U.S. Capitol building near the Senate chamber in Washington on Jan. 6.

The Founding Fathers Didn’t See This Coming

The U.S. Constitution is breaking down in ways that its designers recognized from history—and thought they had guarded against.

Military guests in Beijing

China Is Both Weak and Dangerous

“The China Nightmare” lays out the risks of a surprisingly fragile state.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Why Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable—and Fixable

G. John Ikenberry’s new book traces what went wrong. And Biden is listening.

Pakistani laborers work on a building in Lahore on Jan. 21, 2014.

Pakistan Has Its Problems, but It Won’t Perish

A new book offers riveting and memorable reporting, though it falls back on outdated narratives of a country that has moved on.

Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken

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?

African infantrymen of the French Army in 1915

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-U.S. President Barack Obama

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks at sculptures of the terra-cotta army in China’s Shaanxi province on May 14, 2015.

What Is India’s Foreign-Policy Vision?

S. Jaishankar’s “The India Way” is a rare book by a sitting foreign minister.

A masked tourist looks out over New York City from the Edge sky deck  as it reopens to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 2.

Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World

In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.

John F. Kennedy feeds the pigeons at the Piazza San Marco in Venice circa 1937.

The 4 False Deathbeds of John F. Kennedy

The 35th president grew up wealthy, privileged, callow—and extremely sensitive to the weakness of others.

Niv Sultan in Tehran.

Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran

Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.

Indian author Pankaj Mishra in 2006.

You Can Only See Liberalism From the Bottom

Why Pankaj Mishra sees the ideology’s limits more clearly than its most powerful fans.

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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.

Protesters march on the street chanting and carrying anti-China slogans on Nov. 20, 2018 in Makati, Philippines.

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.

Imogen Kogge as Angela Merkel in Die Getriebenen. Volker Roloff/​carte blanche/​rbb

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.

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Feb 28, 2019.

Strategic Lunacy Doesn’t Play in Reality

“The Madman Theory” hands Trump a foreign-policy report card.

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