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How Will Iraq Contain Iran's Proxies?

How Will Iraq Contain Iran's Proxies?

In June 2014, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the leading Shiite clergyman in the world, called on all able-bodied Iraqis to defend their country against the Islamic State. Iraq’s U.S.-trained
Why Billy Graham Was Determined to Globalize Evangelicalism

Why Billy Graham Was Determined to Globalize Evangelicalism

Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at the age of 99, may have been “America’s Pastor,” but he was also a man of the world. From the early days of his ministry, when he visited U.S. military forces in
The Ethics of Donald Trump Jr.'s India Adventure

The Ethics of Donald Trump Jr.'s India Adventure

Who does Donald Trump Jr. speak for?Does the president’s son speak for the Trump Organization as he promotes luxury apartments in India? Does he speak for himself when he dines with investors in the
Photos: Teenagers Demand 'Never Again' in an Age of Mass Shootings

Photos: Teenagers Demand 'Never Again' in an Age of Mass Shootings

Mark Wallheiser / AP A week after 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, teenagers across South Florida, in areas near Washington,
The Koreas Take Control

The Koreas Take Control

Editor’s Note: Read all of The Atlantic’s Winter Olympics coverage. Of all the arguments in favor of allowing North Korea to leap into the spotlight with South Korea at the Winter Olympics—what with
Benjamin Netanyahu's Dangerous Obsession With the Media

Benjamin Netanyahu's Dangerous Obsession With the Media

Over the course of his career, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, has faced many formidable rivals. There’s been Yasser Arafat, the late former leader of the Palestinians, Ayatollah Ali
Billy Graham, the Great Uniter, Leaves Behind a Divided Evangelicalism

Billy Graham, the Great Uniter, Leaves Behind a Divided Evangelicalism

Billy Graham, the famous preacher who reached millions of people around the world through his Christian ministry, died on Wednesday at 99. Over the course of more than six decades, he reshaped the
The Rise of Virtual Citizenship

The Rise of Virtual Citizenship

“If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what citizenship means,” the British prime minister, Theresa May, declared in October 2016. Not long
'No Words' Left to Describe Syria's Carnage

'No Words' Left to Describe Syria's Carnage

Recent events in Syria have prompted screaming headlines about chemical-weapons attacks, a looming U.S.-Russia confrontation, and the risks of an even bigger, regional war. But the underlying reality
The Rise of Anti-Liberalism

The Rise of Anti-Liberalism

A man named François is a professor in Paris. He is a scholar of Joris-Karl Huysmans, an obscure 19th-century author who, in his later years, converted to Catholicism in an epiphany. François is the
A Quiet, Ancestral Farm Life in Western France

A Quiet, Ancestral Farm Life in Western France

Stéphane Mahé / Reuters Over the course of several recent months, Reuters photographer Stéphane Mahé visited and photographed a farmer named Jean-Bernard Huon on his farm in western France. Huon,
A Weekend for Ignoring Signs of Doom

A Weekend for Ignoring Signs of Doom

On the last day of the Munich Security Conference, Republican Senator James Risch of Idaho was in a bit of a bind. He needed to leave the Bayerischer Hof Hotel by 9:30 a.m. to catch a flight, but also
Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101

Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101

Last Friday, the Justice Department charged 13 Russians with attempting to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The case presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out an elaborate
Witnessing the Collapse of the Global Elite

Witnessing the Collapse of the Global Elite

Eighty years ago in Munich, French and British politicians handed Czechoslovakia over to Adolf Hitler’s carving knife. Twenty-five years later, a German veteran of the ensuing war founded a conference
Ban the Olympics

Ban the Olympics

Editor’s Note: Read all of The Atlantic’s Winter Olympics coverage. Other than fuel corruption, make countries spend pointlessly and profligately, inflame nationalist sentiment, act as onanistic
There's Still Time to Act Against Russian Interference

There's Still Time to Act Against Russian Interference

This past Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller presented an indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian companies for illegally interfering with the U.S. political process, including during the
The Democrats Keep Capitulating on Defense Spending

The Democrats Keep Capitulating on Defense Spending

Since earlier this month, when Congress passed a budget deal that massively boosts both defense and non-defense spending, liberal commentators—and even some Republican politicians—have accused the GOP
America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care

As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter.Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and resentment. He
The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM

Though their numbers are growing, only 27 percent of all students taking the AP Computer Science exam in the United States are female. The gender gap only grows worse from there: Just 18 percent of
The Fuzzy Math of Funding Iraq's Reconstruction

The Fuzzy Math of Funding Iraq's Reconstruction

At first glance, a conference on Iraq that raised $30 billion this week may look like a success. But compared to the estimated $88 billion the Iraqi government said was needed to rebuild the country