Robert Draper, National Geographic

Robert Draper

National Geographic

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Past articles by Robert:

Is World Heritage status enough to save endangered sites?

For 50 years, UNESCO’S venerable list has recognized places of “outstanding universal value” for protection. But it comes with challenges from development to overtourism. → Read More

Egypt’s audacious plan to build a new capital in the desert

The country’s leader aims to relieve Cairo’s crowding—and define his legacy—by transforming arid land into a gleaming showplace city. → Read More

The Watergate Hearings, 50 Years Ago: Truth Was Not Up for Debate

On the anniversary of the June 17, 1972, break-in, alumni of the hearings gather for a reunion. They had it easier than the Jan. 6 committee, they say. → Read More

The Sunday Read: ‘This Was Trump Pulling a Putin’

Amid the current crisis, Fiona Hill and other former advisers are connecting President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to Jan. 6. And they’re ready to talk. → Read More

The land of the Sleeping Beauty Cave is waking up to tourism

Formerly war-torn Kosovo has many natural wonders, including some of Europe’s most stunning underground worlds. → Read More

What Afghanistan and the world could lose with the Taliban's return

More than a decade ago, a National Geographic writer saw warning signs the U.S. commitment would flag—and fragile democratic advances that could now be undone. → Read More

This little-known region may have Italy’s best wines

In Friuli, white wine is the specialty. But there’s much more to this region bordering Austria, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Sea. → Read More

Liz Cheney vs. MAGA

The Wyoming congresswoman challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after Jan. 6. Instead, they turned on her. → Read More

Colin Powell Still Wants Answers

In 2003, he made the case for invading Iraq to halt its weapons programs. The analysts who provided the intelligence now say it was doubted inside the C.I.A. at the time. → Read More

Toppling statues is a first step toward ending Confederate myths

The statues rewrote history, reflecting the values of those who erected them. Removing them won’t erase history. → Read More

How the N.R.A. Became ‘the Most Feared Lobbying Force in America’

Frank Smyth’s unauthorized history tracks the evolution of a gentlemen’s hunting club into a behemoth of Second Amendment absolutism. → Read More

Inside the search for the Bible and other original sacred texts

In the shadowy world where religion meets archaeology, scientists, collectors, and schemers are racing to find the most precious relics. → Read More

Dan Scavino, the Secretary of Offense

Unraveling the mystery of the inscrutable White House social media director, whose job is to help @realDonaldTrump stay unpresidential. → Read More

Under surveillance: satellites, cameras, and phones track us

Technology and our increasing demand for security have put us all under surveillance. Is privacy becoming just a memory? → Read More

36 Hours in Washington, D.C.

No longer does the city dubbed “the swamp” by its inhabitant in chief have the starchy, insular appearance of a white male fiefdom. There’s a dynamism that, along with its fabled history, qualifies it as a great American city. → Read More

How Africa's Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent

Inspired by Silicon Valley, young entrepreneurs are bringing life-improving innovations to sub-Saharan communities. → Read More

A Post-Obama Democratic Party in Search of Itself

The 44th president left office as one of the most popular in American history. He also left behind a party struggling to find an identity — and to reconnect with voters in time for the 2018 elections. → Read More

An Adriatic Feast on the Italian Coast

Between Venice and Trieste, a bounty of Adriatic seafood, often with a water view. → Read More

Trump vs. Congress: Now What?

After the president suffered his first defeat on Capitol Hill, can the White House still make good on its legislative promises? → Read More

Will Obamacare Really Go Under the Knife?

Republicans spent almost seven years waging a battle to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Finally, they are set up for victory — or a new kind of disappointment. → Read More