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

Politics

Hot commodities

Latin American countries have found it singularly difficult to diversify their economies. In the 200 years or so since independence, they have depended on commodities for the bulk of their...

  • THE ECONOMICS OF CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA

    Beatriz Armendáriz and Felipe Larraín

Politics

Don’t tell Congress

My first interview with the tall, gangly Bashar al-Assad took place in 2003 in his downtown office in Damascus. He had been president for three years and clearly was uncertain...