“A disgrace” and “anti-Semite” were two of the (more printable) barbs launched last fall at John Mearsheimer, a renowned political scientist at the University of Chicago. But Mearsheimer’s infamous views on Israel—in the latest case, his endorsement of a book on Jewish identity that many denounced as anti-Semitic—should not distract us from the importance of his life’s work: a bracing argument in favor of the doctrine of “offensive realism,” which can enable the United States to avert decline and prepare for the unprecedented challenge posed by a rising China.
Guanajuato’s museo de las momias conjures the epic brutality of Mexico’s past.
Pakistan lies. It hosted Osama bin Laden (knowingly or not). Its government is barely functional. It hates the democracy next door. It is home to both radical jihadists and a large and growing nuclear arsenal (which it fears the U.S. will seize). Its intelligence service sponsors terrorists who attack American troops. With a friend like this, who needs enemies?
While covering the Libyan civil war, the author was seized by Muammar Qaddafi’s forces and held in captivity with two colleagues; a third was killed. This is the story of how an academic found herself imprisoned in Tripoli.
Namibia is trying to save its lions by charging trophy fees to kill them.
At play in Russia’s “Sacred Sea”
A Moscow apartment block’s tenants turn over, one vodka binge at a time.
Count Harry Kessler dined with Diaghilev, fought for Germany, and penned one of the greatest diaries ever published.
Abdul Raziq and his men have received millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. training and equipment to help in the fight against the Taliban. But is our ally—long alleged to be involved in corruption and drug smuggling—also guilty of mass murder?
The most enlightening way to cross the Mediterranean is by boat.
Postcard from an awakened city
Why old stuffed rhinos now command top dollar
Outside Moscow, the Kremlin is laying plans to turn a forlorn patch of farmland into a new Silicon Valley, and Russia into a major technological power. Cisco, Nokia, and MIT are eager partners. Russia’s people, by and large, are less enthusiastic. A report on Russia’s peculiar version of capitalism today, as that country gathers itself for its next leap forward.
A good-looking governor seeks to make Mexican voters forget the corrupt past of their old ruling party.
Just after the streets of Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China saw a series of “Jasmine” protests—until the government stopped them cold. Its methods were subtler than they had been at Tiananmen Square, and more insidious. Was the regime’s defensive reaction just paranoia? Or is the Chinese public less satisfied—and more combustible—than it appears?
To thwart the Taliban, marines in Helmand province are teaching the locals to read the Koran.
Lavasa is an orderly, high-tech community with everything. Except people.
How a German scientist is using test data to revolutionize global learning
As dictatorships crumble across the Middle East, what happens if Arab democracy means the rise of radical Islamism? Does promoting American values while protecting American interests—most notably, containing Iran and preserving our access to oil—require the Obama administration to call for more democracy in one country while propping up the monarch next door? In a word, yes.
Uganda’s most infamous journalist makes no apologies.
A schizophrenic tries to save the mentally ill in Pakistan, a land gone mad.
To smuggle facts into or out of North Korea is to risk imprisonment and even execution. Yet today, aided by a half-dozen stealthy media organizations outside the country, citizen-journalists are using technologies new and old to break the regime’s iron grip on information. Will the truth set a nation free?
In South Africa, swimming the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve is one way to crank up your heart rate.
Colombia’s reigning narco-babe seeks to lower her profile.