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Flashbacks: Ireland's Troubled North
A collection of Atlantic articles on Northern Ireland help put the current easing of political tensions in perspective.

Flashbacks: Understanding Afghanistan
Atlantic articles from the 1950s through the 1980s offer background and perspective on a nation in conflict.

Inside Nepal (August 1970)
In 1970 Merry White attended the wedding of then-Crown Prince Birendra and reported on the culture and politics of the world's only Hindu monarchy.

Pearl Harbor in Retrospect
Atlantic articles from 1948, 1991, and 1999 look back at the attack on Pearl Harbor from American and Japanese perspectives.

China: A World Power Again (August 1999)
"The U.S.-China relationship, so prone to cultural and historical misinterpretation, could be among the most unstable great-power relationships in history.... However justified our positions may be, dealing with China will require cool realpolitik and scholarly know-how, not self-righteous hysteria." By Robert D. Kaplan

China's Strategic Culture (March 1997)
"The powerful China we have every reason to expect in the twenty-first century is likely to be as aggressive and expansionist as China has been whenever it has been the dominant power in Asia—except when its leaders have reason to believe that potential adversaries have both the power and the determination to stop them." By Warren I. Cohen

The Return of Ancient Times (June 2000)
As Ariel Sharon becomes Israel's Prime Minister, many wonder if a hawk can be expected to pursue peace. In last June's Atlantic, Robert D. Kaplan suggested what Machiavelli and Yitzhak Rabin both knew: that peacemaking can require ruthlessness.

Israel Now (January 2000)
Robert D. Kaplan, a former resident of Israel and a member of its armed forces in the 1970s, describes how raw power and economic forces are redrawing the map of the Middle East.

Flashbacks: Saving the World From Ourselves?
What is the relationship between America's domestic problems and its foreign policy? Between our own history and our efforts to shape the history of other nations?

Flashbacks: Coming to Grips With Jihad
Atlantic articles from the 1990s show that Osama bin Laden represents only the tip of the iceberg.

Flashbacks: Conflict in the Balkans
Atlantic articles from 1913 to 1995 help put the conflict in perspective.

Flashbacks: China and the World
Atlantic articles from 1899 to the present document the evolution of U.S.-China relations.

Flashbacks: Middle East Peace?
Atlantic articles from 1969, 1985, and 1993 shed historical light on hopes for Middle East peace.

The Coming Anarchy (February 1994)
How scarcity, crime, overpopulation, tribalism, and disease are rapidly destroying the social fabric of our planet. By Robert D. Kaplan.

Jihad vs. McWorld (March 1992)
The two axial principles of our age -- tribalism and globalism -- clash at every point except one: they may both be threatening to democracy. By Benjamin R. Barber.

Foreign Policy and the Christian Conscience (May 1959)
George F. Kennan addresses himself to the Christian responsibility in international life.

In the July/August Atlantic ...

Kerry Faces the World
What would a John Kerry foreign policy look like? In some ways a lot like one the current President's father could endorse. By Joshua Micah Marshall

Plan of Attack
The United States is not just facing an insurgency in Iraq—it's facing "netwar," the newest kind. By Bruce Hoffman

Lessons of Abu Ghraib
The photographs were shocking—but the disturbing reality is that for some people they clearly weren't. By Mark Bowden

The Pragmatist
Lakhdar Brahimi understands that perhaps neither peace nor justice is possible in Iraq—which may make him just the man the country needs. By Laura Secor

Previously ...

The Tragedy of Tony Blair
Jun When he came to office, the Prime Minister seemed another JFK. Now his mystique is dissipated and his promise shattered. By Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Al-Qaeda's Understudy
Jun Suicide terrorism has come to Pakistan. By Nasra Hassan

A Sea Story
May On a stormy night on the Baltic Sea, more than 850 people lost their lives when a luxurious ferry sank. Our correspondent has pieced together the Estonia's last moments. By William Langewiesche

Hitler's "Amerikabomber"
May The idea of flying planes into skyscrapers didn't originate with al-Qaeda. By Dieter Wulf

The Buffness Deficit
Apr What Iraq needs is a homegrown professional police force. What it has is something else. By Tish Durkin

Clearer Than the Truth
Apr Duplicity in foreign affairs has sometimes served the national interest. But the case of Iraq is different. By Benjamin Schwarz

We Will Bury You
Mar The caretakers of Lenin's corpse have made a killing in post-Soviet Russia. By Keith Gessen

The Man Who Would Be Khan
Mar Meet Colonel Tom Wilhelm, one of a new breed of soldier-diplomats that has come into being since the end of the Cold War. By Robert D. Kaplan

Blind Into Baghdad
Jan/Feb The U.S. occupation of Iraq is a debacle not because the government did no planning but because a vast amount of expert planning was willfully ignored by the people in charge. The inside story of a historic failure. By James Fallows

I Was Kim Jong Il's Cook
Jan/Feb True tales from the Dear Leader's Japanese chef. By Kenji Fujimoto

Spies, Lies, and Weapons: What Went Wrong
Jan/Feb How could we have been so far off in our estimates of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs? A leading intelligence analyst gives a detailed account of how and why we erred
by Kenneth M. Pollack

Jan/Feb Cleaning up after suicide bombings
by Bruce Hoffman

Abizaid of Arabia
Dec General John Abizaid has driven big changes in the American military. Now, as he commands U.S. forces in the Middle East, his ideas are being put to the test. By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

The Bubble of American Supremacy
Dec A prominent financier argues that the heedless assertion of American power in the world resembles a financial bubble—and the moment of truth may be here. By George Soros

Odious Rulers, Odious Debts
Nov Should the people of Iraq be forced to pay back money borrowed by Saddam? A Nobel laureate makes an urgent case for forgiveness. By Joseph Stiglitz

The Dark Art of Interrogation
Oct The most effective way to gather intelligence and thwart terrorism can also be a direct route into morally repugnant terrain. A survey of the landscape of persuasion. By Mark Bowden

Oct Who will succeed Egypt's Hosni Mubarak as the ruler of the world's most populous and important Arab country? By Mary Anne Weaver

Supremacy by Stealth
Jul/Aug It's a cliché these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire. It is time to move beyond a statement of the obvious. How should we operate on a tactical level to preserve our imperium? What are the rules and what are the tools? By Robert D. Kaplan

Headlines Over the Horizon
Jul/Aug Analysts at the RAND Corporation lay out ten international-security developments that aren't getting the attention they deserve.

Building Democracy Out of What?
Jun The Iraqi people, and anyone who wants to help them, will have to deal with the long-term psychological effects of life under Saddam. By David Brooks

A Transformative Moment
Jun An excerpt from the afterword to Michael Kelly's book Martyrs' Day, about the first Gulf War. Kelly was killed in Iraq in early April as he accompanied American forces advancing on Baghdad.

Who Shot Mohammed al-Dura?
Jun The image of a twelve-year-old boy shot dead in his helpless father's arms during a confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians has become a symbol of Israeli, and by extension American, oppression. But emerging evidence suggests that the boy cannot have died in the way reported by most of the world's media. By James Fallows

What Now?
May A letter from Kuwait City. By Michael Kelly

The Leadership Secrets of Osama bin Laden
Apr The terrorist as CEO. By Bruce Hoffman

Paddy Solemn and the Desperate Chancer
Apr The conflict between two eternal Irish types. By Geoffrey Wheatcroft

The Fifty-first State?
Nov Going to war with Iraq would mean shouldering all the responsibilities of an occupying power the moment victory was achieved. These would include running the economy, keeping domestic peace, and protecting Iraq's borders—and doing it all for years, or perhaps decades. Are we ready for this long-term relationship? By James Fallows

A Post-Saddam Scenario
Nov Iraq could become America's primary staging ground in the Middle East. And the greatest beneficial effect could come next door, in Iran. By Robert D. Kaplan

The End of the West
Nov The next clash of civilizations will not be between the West and the rest but between the United States and Europe—and Americans remain largely oblivious. By Charles A. Kupchan

The Next Christianity
Oct We stand at a historical turning point, the author argues—one that is as epochal for the Christian world as the original Reformation. Around the globe Christianity is growing and mutating in ways that observers in the West tend not to see. Tumultuous conflicts within Christianity will leave a mark deeper than Islam's on the century ahead. By Philip Jenkins

The Defeat of the Left
Oct On George Orwell, World Cup soccer, and the Queen. By Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Letter From Egypt
Sep "There is a question," our correspondent writes, "that less-sophisticated Americans ask (and more-sophisticated Americans would like to): Why are people in the Middle East so crazy? Here, at the pyramids, was an answer from the earliest days of civilization: People have always been crazy." By P. J. O'Rourke

A Brief History of Yasir Arafat
Jul/Aug The PLO leader is a terrible administrator but a brilliant image crafter. By David Brooks

The Internationals
Jul/Aug A growing new—but familiar—social order thrives in the world's trouble spots. By Mark Lee

Firebombs Over Tokyo
Jul/Aug America's 1945 attack on Japan's capital remains undeservedly obscure alongside Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By Jonathan Rauch

The Culture of Martyrdom
Jun How suicide bombing became not just a means but an end. By David Brooks

The Nazis' Last Stand
Jun World War II's ferocious and surreal conclusion on the Eastern Front. By Norman Stone

Tales of the Tyrant
May What does Saddam Hussein see in himself that no one else in the world seems to see? The answer is perhaps best revealed by the intimate details of the Iraqi leader's daily life. By Mark Bowden

Gag Order
May Why won't South Korea let North Korea's highest-level defector speak out? By Stephen Glain

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Franklin Foer: Soccerworld
Jul 7 Franklin Foer, the author of How Soccer Explains the World, on what soccer has to tell us about globalization, identity politics, and the future of baseball.

The Paradoxical Case of Tony Blair
Jun 16 Articles from 1996 to the present chronicle Tony Blair's career, from his meteoric ascent to his fall from favor.

Robert D. Kaplan: In the Line of Fire
Jun 15 Journalist Robert D. Kaplan joined U.S. Marines as they stormed Fallujah, and returned to share his impressions.

Niall Ferguson: Our Imperial Imperative
May 25 Niall Ferguson, the author of Colossus, laments the emasculation of American imperialism.

Bernard Lewis: Islam's Interpreter
Apr 29 Bernard Lewis talks about his seventy years spent studying the Middle East—and his thoughts on the region's future.

Benny Morris: The Lonely Historian
Mar 25 Benny Morris discusses the new version of his famously controversial book, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, which has left him alienated from both the left and the right.

Kenneth M. Pollack: Weapons of Misperception
Jan 13 Kenneth M. Pollack, the author of "Spies, Lies, and Weapons: What Went Wrong," explains how the road to war with Iraq was paved with misleading and manipulated intelligence.

Andrew Meier: Scenes From Russian Life
Dec 17 Andrew Meier, who spent most of the past decade in Russia, talks about his travels through a country both damaged and vital.

Samantha Power: Life in Mugabe-Ville
Dec 3 Samantha Power, the author of "How to Kill a Country," describes Zimbabwe's descent into chaos.

Our Liberian Legacy
Jul 30 Articles spanning the twentieth century take up the question of what the U.S. owes Liberia.

Robert D. Kaplan: The Hard Edge of American Values
Jun 18 Robert D. Kaplan on how the United States projects power around the world—and why it must.

Robert Baer: Addicted to Oil
May 29 Robert Baer, the author of "The Fall of the House of Saud," discusses the perils of our dependence on Saudi Arabia and its precious supply of fuel.

Fatal Vision
May 1 Can we control the forces of religion unleashed by the war in Iraq? By Jack Beatty.

Dubious Ally
Apr 30 Articles from the 1970s and 1980s shed light on the complex and problematic relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Stephen Schwartz:
The Real Islam

Mar 20 In The Two Faces of Islam Stephen Schwartz argues that in order to appreciate the pluralist, tolerant side of Islam, we must confront its ugly, extremist side.

A Near Miss
Oct 24 Articles on the Cuban missile crisis by Walter Lippmann, Jerome B. Wiesner, and Sheldon M. Stern remind us how close we came to disaster.

James Fallows:
Proceed With Caution

Oct 10 James Fallows argues that before getting ourselves into a war with Iraq, we must think long and hard about its possible consequences.

The Road to Reunification
Oct 3 Articles spanning the past century chronicle Germany's long, tortuous path toward unity.

Iraq Considered
Oct 1 Should the U.S. intervene in Iraq? Articles from 1958 to the present offer a variety of perspectives.

Pearl Harbor in Reverse
Sep 25 Iraq, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the question of a pre-emptive strike. By Jack Beatty.

Philip Jenkins:
Christianity's New Center

Sep 12 Philip Jenkins, the author of "The Next Christianity" (October Atlantic), argues that most Americans and Europeans are blind to Christianity's real future.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Aug 9 Atlantic articles from the forties through the nineties probe the haunting question: Was the atomic bombing of Japan necessary?

Iran on the Brink
Aug 1 Articles by V.S. Naipaul, Robert Kaplan, and Reuel Marc Gerecht consider where Iran's political turmoil will lead.

Michael Oren: The Roots of Our Discontent
Jun 12 Michael Oren, the author of Six Days of War, talks about how a short but momentous conflict forged the modern Middle East.

Samantha Power:
Never Again Again

Mar 14 Samantha Power, the author of "A Problem From Hell," explores why America did all but nothing to stop the genocides of the twentieth century.

Terrorism's CEO: An Interview with Peter Bergen
Jan 9 In Holy War, Inc., Peter Bergen examines how Osama bin Laden turned al Qaeda into the world's preeminent terrorist organization.

Reuel Marc Gerecht:
The Necessity of Fear

Dec 28 Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA spy in the Middle East, argues that the only way to douse the fires of Islamic radicalism is through stunning, overwhelming, military force.

Larry Thompson:
War's Forgotten Faces

Dec 18 Larry Thompson of Refugees International describes what life is like for the refugees of conflicts, old and new, in Afghanistan.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Islam
Dec 12 Is democracy compatible with Islam? Atlantic contributors from the early to the late twentieth century take up the question.

Arafat's Last Stand?
Dec 7 Three Atlantic articles shed light on Arafat's precarious position.

Policies of Power
Dec 6 James Fallows exchanges e-mail with Walter Russell Mead, the author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World.

The Real Roots of Terror
Dec 5 The autocratic regimes of Saudi Arabia and Egypt distract their citizens from repression at home by directing their anger toward the U.S. By Jack Beatty.

William Langewiesche:
Culture Crash

Nov 15 William Langewiesche, the author of "The Crash of EgyptAir 990," on the cultural reverberations of a seemingly straightforward airplane crash.

Ruben Martinez:
The Hearts of Strangers

Nov 14 Ruben Martinez, the author of Crossing Over, describes the Mexican migrant experience, and reminds native-born Americans that they too were once strangers in a strange land.

Robert D. Kaplan:
The View From Inside

Nov 2 Foreign correspondent Robert D. Kaplan on his days among the mujahideen, the killing of Abdul Haq, and why the U.S. must not be afraid to be brutal.

Caffe Sebilj
Feb 7 On a square in Sarajevo's old Turkish quarter, our correspondent stops for coffee and sees a reflection of war. By Jeff Koehler

"Words That Must Be Said" (November 30, 2000)
Eduardo Galeano, the author of Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World, is regarded as one of Latin America's fiercest voices of social conscience. Yet he insists that language—its secrets, mysteries, and masks—always comes first.

Among the Ruins (October 27, 2000)
After Milosevic, life goes on in Yugoslavia. A dispatch from Serbia and Montenegro, by Tom Haines.

A Cosmopolitan Affair (September 27, 2000)
Ian Buruma's roving essays on the East-West divide are at home with cross-cultural nuance and irony.

Inside the Jihad (August 9, 2000)
The Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, who has reported from inside Afghanistan for more than two decades, shares insights he has gained from his extraordinary access to the country and its radical Taliban movement.

Picking a Good Fight (April 6-17, 2000)
Does "humanitarian intervention" have a future? Robert D. Kaplan, Edward Luttwak, David Rieff, and Benjamin Schwarz consider.

Humane Development (December 15, 1999)
An interview with Amartya Sen, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of Development as Freedom.

Setting the Record Straight (September 22, 1999)
Edward Said, author of a new memoir, Out of Place, talks about Beethoven, the Oslo Accords, Arafat, and the "enormous fabrication of lies" printed in Commentary this month.

Russia's Other World (March 10, 1999)
Jeffrey Tayler, the author of Siberian Dawn, tells of his 8,000-mile odyssey across Russia's coldest, most desolate landscapes.

Islam Rising (February 17, 1999)
A conversation with Mary Anne Weaver, the seasoned foreign correspondent whose new book, A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam, shows that there is much more to Islamic activism than guns and bombs.

Jorge Castañeda: A Life (More or Less) Revolutionary (November 20, 1997)
In his new biography of Che Guevara, Jorge Castañeda makes the case that Che is culturally—but not politically—significant.