One-Man Stan

Saparmurat Niyazov (1940–2006)

Leaving Iraq

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq

The Constant Gardener

A visit to the home of the famed Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus

To Catch a Terrorist

Mark Bowden, author of "Jihadists in Paradise," on hunting down the story of Abu Sabaya.

The Ashtray of History

A War to Start All Wars

The Middle East looks like Europe circa World War I.


Map Quest

A journey through Alsace-Lorraine to the town that gave America its name

A Historian For Our Time

Thucydides may have been the more trustworthy historian, but Herodotus would have been more fun to share a wineskin with—and is a better guide to the god-filled geopolitics of the current era.


Whether we ultimately stay or go, we need to contain the burgeoning forces of chaos now—and that requires fixing Iraq’s policing problems. An expert explains how.

Election Day 2008

A letter from Florida

Containment Strategy

Iran. North Korea. Uganda? Why the Pentagon ranks Africa’s AIDS crisis as a leading security threat

Coalition of the Waiting

The U.S.-European alliance is not on its last legs— and when Bush goes, it could emerge stronger than ever

Iran: A Minority Report

Mapping the rise of discontent


The Travel Advisory

What to see and do in Iceland

In Hot Water

Midwinter pool hopping in Iceland

Postcards From Tomorrow Square

Our man in Shanghai samples budget beer, survives subway scrimmages, and starts living the contradictions of China’s breakneck modernization

How to Get a Nuclear Bomb

It wouldn’t be easy. But it wouldn’t be impossible. A reporter travels the world to find the weaknesses a terrorist could exploit

Pakistan: Ally or Adversary?

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about Pakistan and its president, Pervez Musharraf

Carriers of Conflict

For a preview of future instability and war in the Middle East, watch where Iraqi refugees are going

Ears Wide Shut

For more than a year, Karen Hughes has been trying to sell George Bush’s America to the Middle East. Here’s why it isn’t working

America and Israel

The Atlantic recently asked a group of foreign-policy authorities about current and future U.S. support for Israel

The Travel Advisory

Places to Stay

The Spell of San Miguel

A Mexican hill town’s indolent beauty belies its fiery past


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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