Oh! Kolkata!

Calcutta has been renamed. Now, with investment on the rise, tech companies moving in, and a growing middle class, can it be reborn?

A Smuggler’s Story

Meet Oleg Khintsagov, a small-time hustler in Russia who can get you dried fish, furs, Turkish chandeliers … and weapons-grade uranium. He’s not the only one.

Paradise Regained?

Kashmir tries to reclaim its once-celebrated tranquility.

Uranium on the Loose

Lawrence Scott Sheets discusses the lawlessness of the former Soviet republics and the nuclear threat no one talks about.

The End of History

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the prospects for democracy around the world.

Primary Sources

Judging politicians by their covers; the irrational goalie; looking death in the eye

The Caudillo’s Cloister

Searching for tranquility in the monastery Franco built

“The Connection Has Been Reset”

China’s Great Firewall is crude, slapdash, and surprisingly easy to breach. Here’s why it’s so effective anyway.

God’s Country

Using militias and marketing strategies, Christianity and Islam are competing for believers by promising Nigerians prosperity in this world as well as salvation in the next. A report from the front lines

And The Winner Is...

The coming religious peace

Penetrating the Great Firewall

James Fallows, author of "The Connection Has Been Reset," explains how he was able to probe the taboo subject of Chinese Internet censorship.

One Nation, Under Gods

Eliza Griswold, author of "God's Country," talks about the forces driving religious conflict in Nigeria and what the rivalry between Christians and Muslims could mean for Africa's most populous country.

Partisan Retreat

Our inevitable withdrawal from Iraq could poison American politics for a generation.

Munich’s Malibu

Permanent waves, soggy schnitzel, and accordion tunes in Bavaria’s landlocked capital

After Iraq

A report from the new Middle East—and a glimpse of its possible future

The $1.4 Trillion Question

The Chinese are subsidizing the American way of life. Are we playing them for suckers—or are they playing us?


With rising Islamic fundamentalism, weak government, and not enough dry land for its 150 million people, Bangladesh could use a break. Instead, it must face the catastrophic threat of climate change.

Inside Guantánamo

A photo essay with text by Andrew Sullivan

One Korea?

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the future of North and South Korea.

Striking Al-Qaeda’s New Base

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the United States, al-Qaeda, and Pakistan.

Primary Sources

Bright Lights, Big Cities

Slums are burgeoning worldwide— and that’s a good thing.

Among the Pandas

Our cub reporter exposes China’s soft underbelly.

Scents & Sensibility

How the author helped Afghans build a thriving soap and body-oil business—and overcame the incompetence of America’s aid establishment

America’s Elegant Decline

Hulls in the water could soon displace boots on the ground as the most important military catchphrase of our time. But our Navy is stretched thin. How we manage dwindling naval resources will go a long way toward determining our future standing in the world.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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