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Foreign Policy July/August 2017

FOREIGN POLICY is the premier, award-winning magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. Our mission is to explain how the world works -- in particular, how the process of global integration is reshaping nations, institutions, cultures, and, more fundamentally, our daily lives.

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REZA ASLAN is a writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, which include Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. As Aslan told FP for “The Final Word” (p. 112), he believes Islam does not clash with American culture because the two are inextricably linked. And though the American Muslim community may be relatively small, he says, it is incredibly diverse and quickly growing into “one of the most dynamic young religious communities in the United States. A community that is becoming something completely unique.” Mikhail Iossel, the Leningrad-born author of the story collection Every Hunter Wants to Know and co-editor of the anthologies Amerika: Russian…

3 min
the shaman masters of hohhot have returned

THERE IS A SPECIAL BASEMENT ROOM at a clinic in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, where shaman master Bai Aolao goes to contact the spirit world. Enclosed spaces are preferable to the outdoors because in rooms like this one, he can more easily contain the spirits he summons to heal the patients. Bai Aolao is one of the many shaman healers still practicing in northeastern China. Patients seek out care to help ease their physical ailments or mental demons. This ritual healing involves dancing, chanting, and spitting rice wine. For centuries, Mongols hailed shamans as sages and sorcerers of medicine, nature, and religion—some even claim they can speak to the dead. In Mongolian culture they always have played a unique leadership role. In fact, many Mongolians believe Genghis Khan possessed shamanic capabilities. Shamans were…

1 min
the afghan field medic waisuddin

PROPELLERS WHIR IN A DESERT outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, taking off and landing to transport Afghan soldiers to and from the battlefields of the almost 16-year war against the Taliban. Waisuddin, 22, who, like many Afghans, goes by one name, serves as a medic when he’s not fighting on the frontlines. From under the sleeve of his Afghan army uniform, a long burn scar stretches toward his wrist. “There was a mine blast a year ago,” he says. “Two of our soldiers were injured badly. Then I saw my own arm—it had been burnt, but not too badly. So I helped the others first and then took care of myself.” Waisuddin, who enlisted at 17—a year younger than the age required by a law that often goes ignored—carries his M5 bag of first aid…

6 min
can stories about food upend familiar narratives of war?

When it comes to conflict, culinary traditions and cultural passions are considered lighter fare—often ignored in coverage of war andthe communities it displaces. But journalists ANNIA CIEZADLO and DALIA MORTADA use food as an entry point for their reporting on the violent upheavals of the Middle East and the people they affect. Ciezadlo moved to the region in 2003 and covered wars in Beirut and Baghdad. Her memoir, Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War, raises the kind of civilian concerns that are “almost always erased” in conventional narratives about the Middle East. Mortada, an American journalist of Syrian heritage, uses her connection to the culture to tell stories through the lens of cooking. As the Syrian refugee diaspora has grown in recent years, she has focused…

4 min
harare, zimbabwe

WHERE TO RELAX ON THE WEEKEND The cash-strapped middle class can’t afford nice restaurants anymore, so they drive to MEREKI instead. It’s a large, open space where someone will bring juicy cuts of beef or chicken and grill them to order. Other vendors will bring vegetables, beer, cheap CDs, and even herbal aphrodisiacs. Tailgating, Zimbabwe-style. WHERE TO EAT Head to GARWE for traditional Zimbabwean food served under a thatched roof. Garwe means crocodile in Shona, although that isn’t on the menu. Try the excellent goat stew with unrefined sadza (maize porridge) instead. WHERE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC Oliver Mtukudzi, the Afro-jazz icon and Zimbabwe’s most famous musician, established the PAKARE PAYE ARTS CENTRE at his home on the outskirts of the city. Expect live performances from up-and-coming Zimbabwean musicians and comedians. If you hang around…

5 min
the diplomacy of dog walking in russia

MOSCOW—Since the waning days of Bill Clinton’s presidency, Svetlana has walked the dogs of American diplomats in Moscow. The 52-year-old Russian is not a U.S. Embassy employee but has come to this work through recommendations by American pet devotees, lovingly passed down by word of mouth through the years. Svetlana, who gave only her first name, doesn’t remember how many dogs she’s looked after. “It’s definitely under 100,” she says, pushing her oval glasses up the bridge of her nose. “But more than 60.” Soft-spoken and extremely affable, with her charcoal-colored hair pulled back into a loose ponytail, Svetlana never set out to work for foreign diplomats. But what started out as a side job to earn a bit of cash while raising her children has become her life. She doesn’t speak…