Don McCullin Vietnam

Life on the Front Lines

After decades in the trenches, a Newsweek correspondent reflects on the perils of war. By Christopher Dickey

Lakhdar Brahimi

The new United Nations envoy to Syria had the good sense to try to beg off. Former Algerian foreign minister and veteran U.N. troubleshooter Lakhdar Brahimi is 78 years old and has seen more than his share of war and peace, and then more wars again, in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. He leads a pleasant life in Paris now, as a distinguished elder statesman on the global stage. One of his children, Rym Brahimi (the former CNN correspondent), is a princess in Jordan, and he’s an adoring grandfather. Brahimi himself is so genteel and so pleasant in social intercourse that any of us who’ve met him must wish him ease in his golden years.

Ray Kelly’s Wars

The New YorkCity Police Commissioner is beating the enemy—if only the feds don't get in his way.

The French Connection

Their teacher tried to tell them they were headed for trouble, but high on risk and volatility, the Quants of France didn’t listen.

Tea Time with Hitler

Andrew Nagorski's 'Hitlerland' is the story of the Americans who cavorted with the Nazis. Reviewed by Christopher Dickey.

Asma Al-Assad

‘Life is not fair my friend.’ Emails show a new reality for Syria’s first lady. By Christopher Dickey.

A Cautionary Fable

It’s a shame George Orwell didn’t live to see the Arab Spring. We can only imagine the tale he would have written.