central Asia

Race to the Bottom
December 23, 1999

It would seem, on the face of it, that the only thing standing between George W. Bush and the presidency is a persistent reservation about his intellect. The doubts have crystallized around a reporter's now-famous pop quiz, in which the Texas governor could not identify various difficult-to-pronounce heads of state. Bush, according to many in the press, needs to wonk himself up, and fast. He needs to cocoon himself with all those Stanford Ph.D.s and reemerge with a deep, studied interest in the stability of Central Asia and the efficacy of scattered-site housing.

The Empire Breaks Up
February 20, 1989

Gorbachev’s nationality crisis.

The Afghan Ayatollah
November 21, 1988

Meet America's new fundamentalist allies.

Pages