Is Rome really ISIS’s “ultimate trophy”?
As long as people interpret texts literally, religion will be a source of conflict.
A survey of reactions to The Atlantic's cover story—from think tanks to jihadist Twitter
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?
What the war on drugs looks like in Rangoon
... and now lives in Japan selling crackers
An interview with Sam Harris about self-defense and the seduction of faith
In which Sam Harris teaches me Brazilian jiu-jitsu and explains why violence is like rebirth
A trip to the Iranian resort island of Kish illuminates the pressures, limits, and strange consequences of economic sanctions.
Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. A consulting firm called ReD is at the forefront of a new trend in market research, treating the everyday lives of consumers as a subject worthy of social-science scrutiny. On behalf of its corporate clients, ReD will uncover your deepest needs, fears, and desires.
How I ended up on TV debating Salafism with an Egyptian cleric
A history of aviation's wildest daredevils
Way out in the desert, at the Nevada Test Site, a certain sort of traveler can confront strange traces of catastrophe (and tomfoolery).
A close encounter with the sport’s most authentic madman
Our correspondent teaches Libya’s budding reporters the ABC’s of ethics and objectivity—with mixed results.