The War That Didn't End All Wars

What Started in 1914—and Why It Lasted So Long


Lawrence D. Freedman
French lancers prepare to follow a German retreat, France, 1914.
French lancers prepare to follow a German retreat, France, 1914. (Getty Images / Buyenlarge)
A hundred years after World War I, new accounts of the drama help readers navigate the intricacies of European politics and the political and diplomatic maneuverings that kicked off the war. Yet there is still no consensus on its origins or lessons.
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Ferguson from Afar

Mary L. Dudziak
Questions about the United States' commitment to human rights are once more headlining news coverage around the world. That should not be surprising. American racial inequality regularly dominated foreign news coverage during the 1950s and 1960s. And U.S. policymakers were eventually forced to respond, in part to protect the United States' image abroad.
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Hidden Assets

Dag Detter and Stefan Fölster
Most governments know much about their debt but little about their assets. If central governments managed their assets better, they could generate annual returns of roughly $3 trillion.
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Gallery: China's Electronic Heroin Problem

In China, wangyin, or Internet addiction, is considered a clinical disorder.
A young girl walks with two bags of cold drinking water in Monrovia, Liberia, October 9, 2005.
Letter From
Javier Alvarez

The Liberian government and international organizations have been most focused on containing Ebola, as they should be. The containment policies, however, have come with unintended economic consequences that need to be addressed to avert an even worse crisis.

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Peter D. Feaver and Eric Lorber

As the deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran is pushed once again, observers remain focused on the agreement itself. But the signing would be just the first step on a long road toward ensuring that any accord actually survives. 

A Chinese flag flutters in front of a construction site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, November 7, 2014.
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Matthew Goodman and Ely Ratner

Nearly two centuries after it lost its traditional place at the center of Asian affairs, Beijing has begun giving shape and substance to its renewed leadership on the regional stage.

A man holds a candle with a photograph of one of the missing 43 trainee teachers during a protest in Mexico City, Nov 17.
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Ralph H. Espach

The Peña Nieto government seems to be facing its worst crisis yet, one likely to persist as police clash with a small minority of protestors who attack property, set fires, and throw Molotov cocktails. The breadth of the public outrage, however, is uncertain, and the movement has no clearly defined, practical demands.

An ancient Egyptian statue in Madrid, April 15, 2008.
Essay
James Cuno

Over the last few decades, governments have increasingly sought to reclaim indigenous artifacts from museums abroad. Yet inappropriate calls for repatriation should be resisted. Encyclopedic museums do more than house artifacts; they also spread cosmopolitan ideas.

Abdulhamid II, who would become the last Ottoman Sultan and Caliph, as a prince in 1867.
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Nick Danforth

Western pundits and nostalgic Muslim thinkers alike have built up a narrative of the caliphate as an enduring institution, central to Islam and Islamic thought between the seventh and twentieth centuries. In fact, the caliphate is a political or religious idea whose relevance has waxed and waned according to circumstance.

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