World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
Responding to Mearsheimer's controversial essay blaming the West for the Ukraine crisis, McFaul and Sestanovich put the blame back on Putin and his ideological extremism, denying that NATO expansion provoked him. Mearsheimer replies.
Over the last few decades, governments have increasingly sought to reclaim indigenous artifacts from museums abroad. Yet inappropriate calls for repatriation should be resisted. Encyclopedic museums do more than house artifacts; they also spread cosmopolitan ideas.
The crisis in Ukraine has pushed Moscow and the West into a new Cold War. For both sides, the top priority must now be to contain the conflict, ensuring that it ends up being as short and as shallow as possible.
An end to Russia's intrusions into Ukraine would bring some measure of respite to Kiev. However, that alone will not be enough to place the country on a truly new path. For that, Ukraine must overcome its self-inflicted problems, in particular rampant and pervasive corruption.
With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history, a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate.
This month's issue features: Exclusive: Angelina Jolie - actress, director, activist, newlywed, and mother of six - discusses kids, marriage, war, her new film, and the hero she just lost. Hollywood: In an adaptation from her new memoir, Anjelica Huston opens up about her relationship with Jack Nicholson. Investigation: Solving the great mystery of Van Gogh's death.
Conventional wisdom in the West blames the Ukraine crisis on Russian aggression. But this account is wrong: Washington and its European allies actually share most of the responsibility, having spent decades pushing east into Russia's natural sphere of interest.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words.
"Uplifting and motivating"
Xi Jinping's reforms are designed to produce a corruption-free, politically cohesive, and economically powerful one-party state with global reach: a Singapore on steroids. But there is no guarantee the reforms will be as transformative as the Chinese leader hopes.
The Millennium Development Goals are due to expire at the end of 2015, and debate has turned to what should come next, with hundreds of new targets already proposed. Governments need to focus carefully and decide which goals offer the greatest returns on investment.
ISIS' army has attracted a stream of Western volunteers, but there is no reason to panic about their return home. Some may come back as terrorists, but the danger has been exaggerated, and the United States and the EU know how to handle such problems.
After 13 years of war, the loss of many thousands of lives, and the expenditure of trillions of dollars, what has the United States learned? The answer depends on not only who is asking but when.
Since the early 1990s, a handful of oligarchs has dominated Greece's economy and politics. So long as these elites have a vested interest in keeping things as they are, the country will never fully find its way out of crisis.
According to Ian Morris, the author of a sweeping history of conflict from prehistoric times to the present, war can sometimes produce safety. But his account runs into difficulties as it approaches the present.
After a decade-plus of war, the lessons for the United States are clear: fight fewer, more traditional wars and fight them more decisively. Above all, avoid getting entangled in the politics of chaotic countries.
Contrary to what Terry claims, write Delury and Moon, the collapse of North Korea is a frightening prospect, and the sudden reunification of the Korean Peninsula would be disastrous. Terry replies.
Scholars have long known that Martin Heidegger was a Nazi, but many doubted that his philosophy had anything to do with Hitler's ideology. Now Peter Trawny, drawing on Heidegger's hidden notebooks, argues that the philosopher's anti-Semitism was deeply entwined with his ideas.
A hundred years after World War I, new accounts of the drama help listeners navigate the intricacies of European politics and the political and diplomatic maneuverings that kicked off the war. Yet there is still no consensus on its origins or lessons.
This month's issue features: Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence speaks for the first time about her hacked nude photos and how she's handling the shocking invasion of her privacy. Tech: After the battle between Gates and Ballmer, can Microsoft's new CEO repair the damage? Investigation: Inside the case of the missing Stradivarius.
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To strengthen its economic power and extend its strategic influence during uncertain times, Washington must lead on global trade. If it doesn't, it will be left on the sidelines.
"The Harder Part", by George Packer; "The Unblinking Stare", by Steve Coll; "Good Game", by Ben McGrath; and "No Laughing Matters", by David Denby.
The president of the Philippines talks to Foreign Affairs about economic reform, political corruption, and Chinese aggression.
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, critics say postcommunist reforms have failed. But the evidence says otherwise. Transition states in Europe and Eurasia have become normal countries - no worse, and sometimes better, than other states at comparable levels of development.
More than 13 years after 9/11, the Afghan war is far from over, even if Washington insists that the U.S. role in it will soon come to an end. Three recent books help explain why, and what Washington needs to do next to protect the gains that have been made.
Commercialization and globalization, coupled with a decline in U.S. Defense spending, have ushered in a new era for the U.S. Defense industry. The Pentagon is off to a slow start, however, in weathering the current transition.