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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Dictator’s Ghost
Horror has always been political. In Jayro Bustamante’s “La Llorona,” the long shadow of genocide haunts the house.
‘76 Days’ Turns the Wuhan Outbreak Into Bleak Poetry
A terse, restrained documentary records the stubborn resilience of the city.
Social Welfare Is as American as Apple Pie
Mike Konczal’s ‘Freedom From the Market’ resurrects a lost U.S. tradition.
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.
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.
China Is Both Weak and Dangerous
“The China Nightmare” lays out the risks of a surprisingly fragile state.
Why Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable—and Fixable
G. John Ikenberry’s new book traces what went wrong. And Biden is listening.
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A new book offers riveting and memorable reporting, though it falls back on outdated narratives of a country that has moved on.
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.
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.