What People Don’t Understand About the Bergdahl DealAmerica negotiates with terrorists. These were not terrorists. And this could be the start of something big.
The Right Goal in UkraineDon’t be distracted by Putin and his antics. The real test is stabilizing Ukraine.
Hamid Karzai Isn’t CrazyHe’s a wily survivor whose main concern is watching his own back.
Robert Gates’ Primal ScreamThe furious, brilliant, bridge-burning memoir of the most effective cabinet secretary of our time.
A Royal PainSaudi Arabia’s differences with the Obama administration are tied to the kingdom’s weakening position in the world.
Will Iran Cut a Deal?Iranian President Hassan Rouhani doesn’t have a free hand, but Washington should take these nuclear talks as far as they can possibly go.
Obama Lays Siege to His CriticsAt West Point, President Obama defends a foreign policy vision based on more than U.S. military might.
Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?Obama wants Beijing to know how much we know.
The Sanctions IllusionObama has chosen to go after Putin’s cronies. But do sanctions ever really work?
Why Putin May Stand DownKiev is offering the Russian strongman what he wants, without his having to send in the tanks.
How to Punish PutinIgnore him. He’s running a regional power and isn’t half as smart as Cold Warriors think.
The Collapse of Ukraine’s Brief Hope for Peace?President Yanukovych flees Kiev as protesters take control of his palace. How far will Putin go to regain his grip? And will Obama try to stop him?
Obama Isn’t Disengaged From the WorldHe just has a better understanding of how power works in the modern world.
Killing ConspiracyWhy the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny.
A Reasonable Iran?It’s hard to believe, but the U.S. and Iranian nuclear talks may be close to a historic breakthrough.
Take a Chance on IranPresident Obama would be crazy not to seize the opportunity that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has given him.
Europe’s Other Crackdown Azerbaijan is decimating its human rights activists, and why not? It’s faced almost no consequences for its repression.
The Grandparent Trap The shameful problem of elder financial abuse is only going to get worse.
Inside Higher Ed
How Unemployment Rates Shift Choices of Majors When the economy is weak, college students flee liberal arts.
What We Like Right Now Our favorite picks for the week of July 27, curated by Slate writers and editors.
The End of the Tour David Foster Wallace is at the center of a movie of ideas that contains actual ideas.
Why Cecil Was Such an Important Lion In videos, photos, and scientific research papers, he was a star.
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