EgyptIn Egypt, a Double-Helix of Democracy and ExtremismAndrew DoranEgypt is bracing for another wave of protests against Mohammed Morsi on the anniversary of his election on June 30, protests that have been sanctioned by its top Muslim cleric. Ordinary citizens still speak of revolution in the present tense—and their disparate voices indicate that “democracy” remains an elusive, equivocal concept in the country.
Russia and the WestThe Hollow Sound of "Strategy"Heinrich VogelA rejoinder to Thomas Graham: What do we really mean when we talk of a "strategic dialogue" with Moscow?
TurkeyThe Struggle for IstanbulSean R. SingerThe protests in Turkey don't seem to be about the next election or even electoral politics, and it's not about the religious-secular struggle either. Rather, it's a challenge to the belief that democracy is the ballot box and nothing more.
Russia and the WestPutin and "Strategic Dialogue"David KramerA strategic dialogue with a regime that is moving further away from us every day in terms of values risks legitimizing a regime that does not trust, and is losing the support of, its own people.
PoliticsForeign Policy Musical ChairsAdam GarfinkleWhat do the Powers/Rice picks mean for U.S. foreign policy in President Obama's second term? The correct answer for us outsiders is "we don't know", but it's a lot more fun to speculate.
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March/April 2012Information TriageRon CappsHow did a young contractor get access to privileged information about the NSA surveillance program? Edward Snowden may be facing prosecution, but the U.S. government hasn't seen the last of leakers, in part because the intelligence community's classification system is broken. Some common sense, low-tech measures can reduce the risk of future breaches.
July/August 2009The Essential ItalianMichael McDonaldGiulio Andreotti, who served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times, is dead at 94. The inscrutable Andreotti must bedevil any would-be obituary writer, but one young filmmaker came close to capturing the essence of the man in a 2008 film, Il Divo. With flamboyant, almost surrealistic style, the film is also a searing portrait of Italian politics.
Books, Film, Music & Other Cultural Artifacts
BookThe End of ReputationA Conversation with Jonathan R. MaceyA sterling reputation used to be key to the prosperity of both individuals and companies. Now it scarcely seems to matter, and regulation can't seem to halt the proliferation of financial scandals. Jonathan Macey explains why integrity is an undervalued but essential component of a healthy financial system.
BooksThe Apple Pie of BoozeHannah Dean Bourbon is the spirit America makes better than anyone—its distinctive flavor comes from our native corn, water and oak barrels. It's patriotism in a glass. But its rise as the all-American spirit was by no means assured. A motley assortment of distillers, hucksters, politicians and partisan drunks paved the way to the hard stuff we enjoy today.
BooksThe Boy From BombayBrian StewartSalman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton recounts the aftermath of Satanic Verses and the fatwa that targeted him for death. Years of isolation and anxiety brought a deep appreciation of western freedoms, and of the forces that threaten it from within.
FilmDancer in the DarkMatt CohenKathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty takes us into the shadows of the decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The film is less about the enemy and more about America's stubborn determination to drag him into the light.
BooksThe Achilles Heel within the BootPaul DeRosaBill Emmott’s Good Italy, Bad Italy spins an anecdotal narrative of Italy’s recent history from the early 1990s Mani Pulite scandals to the ongoing euro crisis, successfully carrying readers up to the decision the country faces about its future. Wisely, Emmott avoids predicting which path Italy will choose.