Summer 2018

How Not to Build a City

Ramesh Patel

Dan Cloer

Mexico City is one of the world’s biggest population centers, yet the city’s infrastructure is extremely unstable. The resulting challenges serve as a warning—and a lesson—to the rest of our urbanizing world.

Spring 2018

Israel Turns 70: Thinking Back, Going Forward

David Hulme

As Israel marks 70 years of statehood, we asked political scientist and peace negotiator Menachem Klein about his nation’s fulfilled expectations, its missed opportunities, and the road to peace.

Winter 2018

Hope Without Change

Donald Winchester

Politicians often promise change, yet they seldom deliver. Still, we keep hoping that next time will be different. It’s a vain hope, and here’s why.

Winter 2018

Africa’s Growth Story

Daniel Tompsett

Africa’s population boom makes it ripe for commercial exploitation, and foreign investors have been quick to spot the opportunity. How does Africa’s future look?

Winter 2018

Wasting Away

Martin Coates

The food we produce today could adequately feed the world, yet we throw it away by the tons. Not only do millions go hungry as a result, but our wastefulness has a direct environmental impact.

Fall 2017

Facing Self-Delusion

Gina Stepp

If you believe life on this planet will go on indefinitely, then your brain may be playing tricks on you. How can we see beyond what we think we know?

Summer 2017

Child’s Play

H. David Trujillo Jr.

What kind of future can we look forward to if war becomes indistinguishable from a game?

Summer 2017

Rebuilding Babel: The Megacities of China

Donald Winchester

China’s ambitious urbanization program stands out in today’s world. But a Renaissance painting offers a surprising warning against overreach. Can our cities fail?

Summer 2017

Bursting the Post-Truth Bubbles

Daniel Tompsett

We live at the dawn of a new “Enlightenment.” Only this one has little to do with reason and rationalism.

Spring 2017

Henry David Thoreau: Ahead of His Time?

Ashley Newman

A passionate proponent of living simply and in harmony with nature, Thoreau is remembered today as a pillar of the modern conservation movement.

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