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Bridge to Somewhere

Author: Jose W. Fernandez

International development has moved beyond charity. Gone are the days when the United States would just spend its seemingly bottomless largess to help less fortunate or vanquished countries, as it did after World War II.

See more in United States; Infrastructure

The Devolution of the Seas

Author: Alan B. Sielen

Of all the threats looming over the planet today, one of the most alarming is the seemingly inexorable descent of the world's oceans into ecological perdition.

See more in Global; Climate Change

The Spoils of War

Author: Max Hastings

For decades, World War II suffused the hearts and minds of the American generation that experienced it as "the good war," in which Allied virtue eventually triumphed over fascist evil.

See more in Europe; Wars and Warfare

India and Ideology

Author: Pankaj Mishra

According to Perry Anderson's new book, The Indian Ideology, India's democracy -- routinely celebrated as the world's largest -- is actually a sham.

See more in India; Democratization

In Search of the Real China

Author: John Pomfret

Over the last decade or so, historians and journalists have chipped away -- some with sledgehammers, others with mallets -- at several long-standing myths about China's past.

See more in China; Culture and Foreign Policy

Border Battle

Author: Enrique Krauze

Every country sooner or later confronts the sins of its past, though rarely all at once.

See more in Mexico; Immigration

How to Copy Right

Authors: Steven Tepp, Kal Raustiala, and Christopher Sprigman

In their essay "Fake It Till You Make It" (July/August 2013), Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman urged the United States to "relax" when it comes to the flagrant disregard for intellectual property laws in China.

See more in China; Internet Policy

Africa's Turn

Author: Stuart Reid

Since it gained independence from France in 1960, the West African country of Senegal has been a bastion of stability and democracy on a continent that has seen relatively little of either.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Development

How Big Business Can Save the Climate

Authors: Jerry Patchell and Roger Hayter

Multinational corporations dominate markets, trade, investment, research and development, and the spread of technology. To fight climate change, the international community needs to harness this power.

See more in Global; Energy and Environment

Who Is Ali Khamenei?

Author: Akbar Ganji

In June, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rouhani ran as a reform candidate, and many have interpreted his victory as a harbinger of a possible liberalization or rationalization of Iranian domestic and foreign policy. But the dominant figure in Iranian politics is not the president but rather the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

See more in Middle East and North Africa; Society and Culture

Ending the War in Afghanistan

Author: Stephen D. Biddle

International forces in Afghanistan are preparing to hand over responsibility for security to Afghan soldiers and police by the end of 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama has argued that battlefield successes since 2009 have enabled this transition and that with it, "this long war will come to a responsible end."

See more in Asia and Pacific; Defense and Security

Petroleum to the People

Authors: Larry Diamond and Robert A. Mosbacher

In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to seize a palatial cliff-top home in Malibu, California. The 16-acre property towers over its neighbors, with a palm-lined driveway leading to a plaster-and-tile mansion.

See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Development

Stealth Multilateralism

Author: David Kaye

The U.S. Senate rejects multilateral treaties as if it were sport. Some it rejects outright, as when it voted against the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities in 2012 and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1999.

See more in North America; Society and Culture