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    The Conversation
    May17

    The Conversation

    The Obama DoctrineIn April, Jeffrey Goldberg reported on the president’s foreign policy. John Bew called the article “a masterpiece of journalism” in New Statesman, while former U.S. Representative Barney Frank said Goldberg’s interviews with Obama amounted to “the most thoughtful presidential statement on a major issue I’ve...

    The Geopolitics of Eurovision
    May16

    The Geopolitics of Eurovision

    Eurovision is meant to be a politics-free zone—“lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature” are banned, according to the rules. But that doesn’t always happen.In 2014, when Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy, the twin sisters representing Russia, got on stage to perform in Copenhagen, the audience booed. The competition aired...

    Is There a Hillary Doctrine?
    May13

    Is There a Hillary Doctrine?

    It has seemed to me, for as long as I’ve been watching Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama make foreign and national-security policy, that the differences in outlook and approach between the two of them are fundamental and dramatic. I would call these differences profound, but I don’t want to be accused of hyperbole. It is not just that...

    Every Episode of David Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked
    May06

    Every Episode of David Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked

    BBC / Anton_Ivanov / Rich Carey / Neirfy / Resul Muslu / Starcea Gheorghe Silviu / Georgia Evans / Tanawat Ariya / Shutterstock / Paul Spella / The AtlanticThis Sunday, Sir David Attenborough, naturalist, maker of wildlife documentaries, snuggler of gorillas, wielder of That Voice, keeper of the blue shirt, and Most Trusted Man in Britain, turns...

    Donald Trump and the GOP Tradition of Foreign-Policy Incoherence
    Apr28

    Donald Trump and the GOP Tradition of Foreign-Policy Incoherence

    Trump arrives for his foreign-policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel. Kevin Lamarque / ReutersMaking fun of the foreign-policy speech Donald Trump gave yesterday is easy. He said, “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” thus borrowing the slogan of those Americans who opposed America’s entry in...

    The Invisible Disaster That Still Haunts Europe
    Apr27

    The Invisible Disaster That Still Haunts Europe

    A wolf in a wild wood near Ukraine’s Chernobyl in April of 2012 (Sergiy Gaschak / AP)Today marks 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In our January 1987 issue, Mary Jo Salter, an American living in Rome at the time of the accident, described the fear and uncertainty of living with the fallout, as public information and government...

    The Atlantic Daily: Chernobyl Anniversary, Radioactive Animals, U.S. Primaries
    Apr27

    The Atlantic Daily: Chernobyl Anniversary, Radioactive Animals, U.S. Primaries

    Vasily Fedosenko / ReutersWhat We’re Following: Chernobyl, 30 Years Later Three decades after an explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant spewed radiation across Europe and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, workers continue the long process of securing Chernobyl. Relatives and friends remembered the thousands of...

    The International Effort to Contain Chernobyl
    Apr26

    The International Effort to Contain Chernobyl

    Workers are constructing a massive sarcophagus-like cover for the destroyed Chernobyl reactor. Valentyn Ogirenko / ReutersThirty years after an explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant spewed radiation across Europe and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, workers continue the long process of securing the site of the worst...

    Chernobyl’s Literary Legacy, 30 Years Later
    Apr26

    Chernobyl’s Literary Legacy, 30 Years Later

    Ake Ericson / Aurora Photos / Corbis / Paul Spella / The AtlanticThirty years ago, the sky glowed at the edge of Ukraine. An ill-conceived and bungled safety test had gone critical at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Steam explosions blew the roof off Reactor Number Four, spewing uranium and graphite into the open air, and pouring radioactive...

    What We’re Following This Morning
    Apr26

    What We’re Following This Morning

    Presidential primaries in five states: Voters in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will vote today, and Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, and Hillary Clinton, who’s leading the Democratic field, are comfortably ahead in all those states. Meanwhile, an alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich,...

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