In difficult times, the work of explaining America to itself and the world becomes ever more crucial.
What Obama can learn from Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush
A history of the first African American White House—and of what came next
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
Americans are optimistic about the communities they live in—but not their nation. Why?
The outgoing president has resolved old problems and avoided new ones.
Staff Sergeant Anthony Anderson’s mission to name and shame people who pretend to be military heroes
The legendary and controversial statesman criticizes the Obama Doctrine, talks about the main challenges for the next president, and explains how to avoid war with China.
Readers respond to our September 2016 cover story and more
Avik Roy—a former adviser to Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney—wants to rescue conservatism from Trump’s divisive tribalism. But can he persuade his party to join him?
This election has divided Americans like few in history. Can the country put itself back together again?
For the third time since The Atlantic’s founding, the editors endorse a candidate for president. The case for Hillary Clinton.
A very short book excerpt
Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries. But will it work when he faces Clinton onstage?
Readers respond to our July/August cover story and more
How political consulting works—or doesn’t
Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has provoked a wave of misogyny—one that may roil American life for years to come.
Since 9/11, the United States has spent $1 trillion to defend against al-Qaeda and ISIL, dirty bombs and lone wolves, bioterror and cyberterror. Has it worked?
Readers respond to our June 2016 cover story and more.
A few themes emerge among intellectuals on the right about what attracts them to the candidate: his campaign’s energy, his impassioned following, and his eagerness to call out the establishment.
It isn’t enough for a commander in chief to invite friendly academics to dinner. The U.S. could avoid future disaster if policy makers started looking more to the past.
Embracing white nativism in the 1990s turned the California GOP into a permanent minority. The same story may now be repeating itself nationally.
It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.
One way or another, there will be a Trump on Pennsylvania Avenue next year.