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The heroic actions, and difficult editorial decisions, undertaken by the Bosnian newspaper Oslobođenje during the siege of Sarajevo illustrate an important truth: Objectivity is not neutrality.

The Chinese have long paid close attention to the narratives being conveyed by popular culture. It’s about time we did the same.

An improbable tale of youth, age, and cultural change in the Catskills, with apologies to Washington Irving.

The rhetoric flying around about school busing after the most recent Democratic debates was beyond sloppy. And the actual history is far from tidy.

Before Beijing tried to dominate our wireless networks, it succeeded in dominating our film industry. That’s a saga in urgent need of telling.

The nation’s capital and its dream factory have long worked together to maximize the export of American films to the rest of the world, on the theory that doing so is both good business and good diplomacy. Is this still the case?

Let’s not roll out the red carpet as Saudi Arabia enters the movie business.

A new book on the changing face of Hollywood is smarter on commerce than on culture. A review of Ben Fritz's The Big Picture (2018).

How to resolve America’s monument wars? The experiences of Macedonia and Russia suggest some unlikely lessons.

The shrillness, vulgarity, and shamelessness on display in the Kavanaugh spectacle will only get worse—because it is in the self-interest of our bottom-line-obsessed media to let it get worse.

There is nothing wrong about our current conception of human rights that cannot be cured by the best elements of our own tradition.

The memory of 20th-century totalitarianism causes many in the West to conjure up images of state-run media using heavy-handed propaganda to indoctrinate the masses in a particular ideology. This is no longer the main threat.

U.S. media is often clueless about foreign-language journalism funded by its own government. That is a topic worth shining some light on.

The new head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, ostensibly dedicated to
furthering American principles, is now endangering brave journalists who
have spent their careers defending them.

A lesson from Nigeria, on balancing the blessings of modernity and the celebration of an ancestral past.

The gradual, deadly constriction of freedom in one small country.

Digital omniscience meets “the crooked timber of humanity.”

Disney is hardly alone in groveling before the gates of the Middle Kingdom.

The campus free speech wars aren’t the only threat to American higher education.

The Trump presidency is giving Americans a crash course in civics. Are we capable of sharing the lessons with the world?

What the critics get wrong about RFE-RL’s Persian language news service, Radio Farda.

VOA’s alleged mishandling of a Chinese insider’s interview shouldn’t overshadow the important work done by it and the other U.S. government-sponsored broadcasters.

And that’s with the benefit of substantial grade inflation.

And why some limits on speech are not only good but even necessary for a free society.

(Co-authored with Jeffrey Gedmin)

A memo to the new CEO of U.S. international media.