Society and Culture

Spring 2018

Of Democracies and Dictators

David Hulme

Is it a passing phase, or is the era of democratic institutions, universal values and common decency over?

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.

May 9, 2018

Return of the Dictators?

David Hulme

The 20th-century Age of the Dictators is over, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come back in a different form.

Winter 2018

Hope Without Change

Donald Winchester

Politicians often promise change, and 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

What About Us?

David Hulme

Coming to grips with the reality of a world freighted with sorrow, betrayal and disappointment means confronting not only the failures of those we’ve trusted but also the part we play.

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.

Special Reports

Deluding Ourselves to Death

What is it about the human mind that makes us so susceptible to faulty thinking? It may seem like a rhetorical question, but we live at a time when our very survival could depend on understanding the answer.

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?

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