The Vietnam Solution

How a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise

Band Aid

Teaching Afghan soldiers to play in sync

The Despot’s Child

Bad tidings reach Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saadi.

The Peaks of Persia

Sharing the rope on a rare expedition in the mountains of Iran

The Playboy

A former cricket star may become Pakistan’s next ruler.

The Royal Me

What’s with Australia’s secession obsession?

I ♥ Iraq

How the country’s tourism minister makes the hard sell

The Revolutionist

The secret architect of the Arab Spring casts an eye on Occupy Wall Street.

Five-Star Trek

A pampered tour through the Peruvian Andes

Arrow Envy

In Bhutan, archery and manliness go hand in hand.

God’s Gulag

A remote archipelago is one of Russia’s holiest places—and its most haunted.

Freed Press

Our correspondent teaches Libya’s budding reporters the ABC’s of ethics and objectivity—with mixed results.

Why John J. Mearsheimer Is Right (About Some Things)

“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.

Land of the Dead

Guanajuato’s museo de las momias conjures the epic brutality of Mexico’s past.

The Ally From Hell

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?

What I Lost in Libya

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.

Circle of Life

Namibia is trying to save its lions by charging trophy fees to kill them.

Siberian Paradise

At play in Russia’s “Sacred Sea”

Russian Hangover

A Moscow apartment block’s tenants turn over, one vodka binge at a time.

Everywhere Man

Count Harry Kessler dined with Diaghilev, fought for Germany, and penned one of the greatest diaries ever published.

Our Man in Kandahar

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?

Ferry Tales

The most enlightening way to cross the Mediterranean is by boat.

Prague’s Bad Dream

Postcard from an awakened city

White Rhino, Black Market

Why old stuffed rhinos now command top dollar

The Next Russian Revolution

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.


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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