Foreign Affairs

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

Ancient religions that have survived centuries are often the most persecuted: Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.

Will We Torture Again?

Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again? In light of reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, I fear we can't.

Holland’s ‘Zwarte Piet’ Problem

At stake for the Dutch in the controversy over representations of St. Nicholas's black assistant: memory, a nation’s pride, and standards of inclusion and kindness.

The High Road

Scotland voted “No” to independence by 55 to 45 percent. But my referendum-day journey provides a clue to what was happening in Scotland in the summer of 2014.

Browsers Welcome

From its inception Amazon has sought to disrupt the traditional bookselling market. Now France is trying to disrupt Amazon while protecting independent bookstores.

Consider This

Despite optimistic hopes for a new “democracy of opinion,” what is more like a new anarchy of opinion has not overcome public skepticism.

China & Its Challenges

China's Xi Jinping insists he will tolerate no concessions to the calls for electoral and governmental reform now being made in mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

The Illusion of Control

Instead of accepting the cold calculus of politicians, we should look to something deeper for clues about the real sources of peace and conflict.

The Case Against Intervention

Recent evidence suggests that if we intervene in Syria, we are less likely to end the suffering than to compound it, stretching the killing out over decades.

Muddled?

The United States commences air strikes against ISIS, without a clear sense of what can be achieved and without authorization from Congress.

Obama, Beyond the Sound Bite

The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.

Small Problem, Big Solution

Do certain seemingly insignificant habits have a profound impact on our lives—on our success in school, at work, and even in our marriages?
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