Modern history

Loyalist ephemera depicting British theater in Victorian London.

Politcal theater: Part I

Critical State

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into the language and word dynamics used in plays before and after early modern revolutions.

Nabih Bulos

Your questions answered: What is going on in Iraq?

Conflict & Justice
Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution & Islamic Republic of Iran Army used many zu-23 in Iran-iraq war.

History of Iraq part III: US-Iraq relations

Global Politics

C.I.A. Documents: U.S. Had Knowledge of 1980s Chemical Attacks in Iran

US Role in Chemical Attacks During the Iran-Iraq War

Global Politics

Freedom of Information and Jack the Ripper

Global Politics

Retired police detective files several Freedom of Information requests to access Jack the Ripper case files.

Saving Saddam’s Iraqi monuments

Preservationists and other Iraqis are battling over whether to tear down Saddam Hussein’s old monuments or preserve them for history’s sake.

Fire and Forget: New Stories for New Wars

The legacy of war literature is a rich one. You’ve been telling us about the books that shape your experiences – for Brian in Southfield, Michigan, it was “Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane. Maria in Hollywood, Florida had her eyes opened by the World War II writing of Soviet poets Alexandr Tvardovskiy and […]

Your Stories: Lessons from the Iraq War

Ten years ago this month, the United States invaded Iraq, launching the Iraq War. Throughout the week, we’re looking at lessons from the war from scholars, soldiers, translators – and you. Many of you told us that 10 years later you’re still trying to make sense of the war and the motivations behind the United […]

How the American Invasion Shaped Iraq

   On the 10 year anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, the war that defined the start of the 21st century continues to exceed resolve for many Americans. It was sparked by an attack in our country’s own backyard, but the war was quickly moved thousands of miles away. Well over 1 million U.S. […]