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First American in Space

NASA launches the first American, Navy commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., into space. Russia's Yuri Gagarin had accomplished the feat only a few weeks earlier.

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Nuclear Knowledge

What North Korea Says About Iran

Blair’s Bombshell

How Scottish Devolution Blew up the British General Election

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The Morality of Debt

A History of Financial Saints and Sinners

The Democratization of Space

New Actors Need New Rules

There Will Be Blood

Sabeen Mahmud and Pakistan's War on Activists

Animal Rights, Animal Wrongs

The Case for Nonhuman Personhood

Russia on the Silver Screen

The Evil Empire from Lenin to Putin

China's Dangerous Debt

Why the Economy Could Be Headed for Trouble

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The Clash of Ideas

The ideological battles that made the modern world—and will shape the future.

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Will China Crumble?

Foreign Affairs' Brain Trust Weighs In

Paper Tiger Putin

The Failure of Russia's Anachronistic Antagonism