December 2016

In This Issue

America’s gambling problem, how history will remember Obama’s presidency, and how to avoid war with Beijing. Plus, stolen valor, the case against cats, and more

Cover Stories

Win McNamee / Getty

The Lessons of Henry Kissinger

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.

Oliver Munday

China’s Great Leap Backward

The country has become repressive in a way that it has not been since the Cultural Revolution. What does its darkening political climate—and growing belligerence—mean for the United States?

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Grace Hartigan in her studio, 1957
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An Era for Women Artists?

Nearly half a century ago, a feminist art historian asked why there had been no great female artists. A new wave of all-women exhibitions revives the question—and suggests a new answer.

a photo of a large apartment building
Elena Chernyshova


His apartment had no heat. Worse: Council officials said his building did not exist. A short story


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