September 2016

In This Issue

Transplanting human heads to save lives, evaluating U.S. homeland security 15 years after 9/11, how the plight of the white underclass drives American politics, reclaiming critical inquiry in Vietnamese schools, and much more

Cover Story

Greg Kahn

Is America Any Safer?

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?

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Reading Raphael in Hanoi

Critical inquiry is discouraged in modern-day Vietnamese schools. But, one student argues, there’s an encouraging trend of young people seeking out alternative viewpoints from around the world.


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