What Does North Korea Want?
A missile. An assassination. B.R. Myers on the logic behind a regime’s provocative month.
The Intellectual Who Might Get Through to Donald TrumpLt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is known for critiquing the military’s decision-making process. Expect him to deliver blunt advice to the president, says Andrew Exum.
What Made Michael Flynn DifferentWith his narrow experience and overt hostilities, Trump’s national security adviser was doomed to fail, says James Mann.
Too Close for ComfortHow much do the early days of the Trump administration look like the Third Reich? Historian Richard Evans weighs in.
I’d Like to Congratulate Donald Trump on His Victory …Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on what the candidates—and the current president—should say on election night.
The Philippines’ Donald TrumpRodrigo Duterte’s rash behavior and harsh politics are imperiling his country’s democracy.
Does Donald Trump Believe in Anything but Himself?The Republican candidate’s fascist impulses are frequently rooted in his own self-interest.
How Putin Won Crimea, and Lost UkraineThe Russian leader reclaimed some territory, and made an enemy of millions.
Racism Doesn’t Explain the Rise of Donald TrumpJohn Judis argues that populism—and the candidate’s celebrity—has done more to fuel his success than bigotry.
Dean Baquet Doesn’t Think Donald Trump Is the Media’s FaultThe New York Times executive editor on the challenges of covering the candidate and how the paper decided to call him a liar.
Compassion, and Criticism, for the White Working ClassA conversation with Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance.
Can Islam and Liberalism Coexist?Why Islam resists secularization, and how that continues to shape the politics of the Middle East.
The Forever War and the Ever-Expanding MilitaryIs the Pentagon too powerful for its own—and our—good?
Should the Worldwide Leader Stick to Sports?ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on talking politics and whether the NBA champs will visit the White House.
Is Marine Le Pen Really France’s Donald Trump?Another nationalist is in line for the presidency. Professor Cécile Alduy examines the field.
What a Pro-Trump English Professor Thinks NowA conversation with Mark Bauerlein, the rare academic who believed—and still believes—we’ve found the right leader to make America great again.
How the Democratic Party Lost Touch With the White Working ClassA conversation with the New Yorker’s George Packer.
Bill Weld Wants a Seat at the TableThe Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate on Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and the importance of having a navy.
Conservatism Never FailsHow the Republican Party will try to explain away Donald Trump’s disastrous campaign.
The Man Who Owns the Trump BeatThe Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold on the Trump Foundation, the Access Hollywood tape, and the time the candidate called him “a nasty guy.”
Trump Isn’t Entirely Republicans’ FaultRoss Douthat on the blame liberals bear for the authoritarian’s rise.
David Plouffe Isn’t WorriedThe manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign on why he’s not afraid of Trump—and why he’s confident in Clinton.
What Barack Obama Thinks of Donald TrumpDavid Axelrod on how his former boss views the Republican nominee.
Has Donald Trump Ruined Journalism?Matt Taibbi says most political media is shilling for one side or the other.
Donald Trump’s Finger on the Nuclear TriggerA former nuclear missile officer—and adviser to Republicans—on why the prospect terrifies him.