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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
“I was not elected to do small things,” President Donald Trump said upon announcing his new Middle East peace plan at the end of January. Trump was not elected to…
Why we can’t beat our addiction to war
From Humanitarian Wars?, which will be published in April in the United Kingdom by Hurst. Brauman, a physician, was president of Doctors Without Borders from 1982 to 1994. This conversation,…
Discussed in this essay: Of Love & War, by Lynsey Addario. Penguin Press. 272 pages. $40. Heavy, by Kiese Laymon. Scribner. 256 pages. $26. The Letters of Sylvia Plath. Harper. 1088 pages. $45.…
How America boosts the Afghan opium trade
The art of persuasion in the age of Trump
From a transcript of radio transmissions and cockpit conversations that took place during a drone strike in Afghanistan in 2010. The strike killed twenty-three civilians. At Nevada headquarters, Pilot is…
The American military’s failure to prevent an insider attack
What’s missing in contemporary war fiction
Assessing Obama’s legacy
What liberation looks like for Afghan women