Politics

Fully human

Most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the propaganda films that Islamic terror groups pump out: a young man, sometimes hooded, sometimes not, stares stony-faced into the camera...

Politics

Questionable intelligence

“You wouldn’t believe the kind of nonsense the CIA uses to make decisions”, is my regular refrain. Usually I wouldn’t be able to disclose further details without getting charged for...

Politics

Government is the problem

Though it’s now almost forgotten, amid the slew of scandals and tweetstorms that have come in its wake, there was a moment last summer when sanity briefly reasserted itself in...

  • DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS

    Nancy MacLean

Politics

Angry young men

Here’s something for liberals to celebrate amid the sustained transatlantic moan over Brexit and Trump: a new attention to social class. The half-century after 1970 produced an avalanche of writing...

  • THE WHITE WORKING CLASS

    Justin Gest

  • MAKING SENSE OF THE ALT-RIGHT

    George Hawley

Politics

‘Lesson in democracy’

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s re-election as President of Turkey on June 24 came as no surprise. Erdoğan has now ruled Turkey as either president or prime minister for more than fifteen...

Politics

Coughing up bones

The border between Mexico and the United States is 1,954 miles delineated by steel posts, rails, chain link, barbed wire, cameras, concrete vehicle barriers and violence. The border weaves from...

Politics

Close, but no cigar

The first meeting between an American president and a Saudi Arabian king remains a fond staple in any history of the United States. It occurred on February 14, 1945, when,...

  • KINGS AND PRESIDENTS

    Bruce Riedel

Politics

War of error

On April 14, 2011, at a meeting in The Hague, I was much impressed by the impassioned speech of Amrullah Saleh, a former Head of the Afghan National Directorate of...

  • DIRECTORATE S

    Steve Coll

Politics

Goulash democracy

Travelling along the eastern coast of England in the 1980s, W. G. Sebald sifted through the ruins of a region run down and in decay, yet terrified of its past....

Politics

All know, nobody cares

“In Italy”, the prosecutor Giovanni Falcone told Marcelle Padovani, a reporter for the Nouvel Observateur, in the early 1990s, “the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State...

  • THE GOOD MOTHERS

    Alex Perry

  • ROADMAP TO HELL

    Barbie Latza Nadeau