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The Mythology of the Sectarian Middle East

by Ussama Makdisi
Divisions within, divisions without

Democratic Degeneration: Three Easy Paths to Regression

by Charles Taylor
A celebrated philosopher discusses what's ailing democratic polities in the West

Performing Sound

An interview with sound artist Raven Chacon

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine

by Norman Naimark
A review of Anne Applebaum's new book, about the devastating Ukrainian famine of 1932-33.

The Future of International Law in an Age of Trump

by Karen Alter
How stable is the post-WWII international liberal order?

Crescent among the Stars

by Nancy Foner
Is it harder being Muslim in Western Europe than in the United States?

Germany and the USA between Volk and Bevölkerung

By Michael P. Steinberg
A meditation upon the differences between "Dem deutschen Volke" and "We the People."

In a Name

by Thomas Chatterton Williams
In this new short story, New York Times Magazine writer Thomas Chatterton Williams details writing in Paris and falling in love, having a mixed-race toddler, and time in Sweden.

Undercover Oughts

By Jacqueline Ross
A brief history of undercover policing in early twentieth-century New York and its influence upon the field of sociology.

R.I.P The Postwar Order (1945-2017)

by Roger Cohen
The rise of Trumpism and its threat to the transatlanticism and decency.

“They, the People”

by Dilip Gaonkar
How recent political theory overlooks the populist complaint—and the social questions behind it.

Deep Listening

by Mark Pottinger
The Elbphilharmonie has become a beacon of commerce and wonder, an amusement-park ride with little interest in the music or the people who make the music.

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