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.

Gallery: China's Electronic Heroin Problem

In China, wangyin, or Internet addiction, is considered a clinical disorder.
Letter From

The Real Cost of Ebola

Javier Alvarez
Ebola containment policies have come with unintended economic consequences that need to be addressed to avert an even worse crisis.

Hagel on Foreign Policy

Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel just stepped down as secretary of defense. In this 2004 essay, Hagel explains that "a wise foreign policy recognizes that U.S. leadership is determined as much by our commitment to principle as by our exercise of power."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

A foreign exchange trading company in Tokyo, November 12, 2014.
Richard Katz

Abe’s economic revival is hardly going as planned. A consumption tax hike that he introduced in April triggered a recession over the following six months, prompting him to announce the delay of a second planned hike and to vow to dissolve the Japanese parliament.