Foreign Policy

This magazine covers global politics and economics in its articles, essays and feature stories.

Articles from No. 181, September-October

5 Things You Didn't Know about. the Flu: The World Has Virtually Wiped out Polio, Eradicated Smallpox, and Slowed the Spread of HIV/AIDS. but When It Comes to the Deadly Influenza Virus, All Governments Seem to Do Is Panic
(1) We dodged a bullet last year. Look at official statistics, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that so-called influenza pandemics are no worse than garden-variety flu. After all, the seasonal influenza virus kills hundreds of thousands of people...
Bed, Bath & Bribes IKEA's Struggle to Do Business in Putin's Russia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For most Russians, the biggest problem with Vladimir PuUn's authoritarian regime isn't the rigged elections or the lack of independent media. It's the entrenched corruption that permeates every sphere of life: the traffic...
Best. Decade. Ever. the First 10 Years of the 21st Century Were Humanity's Finest-Even for the World's Bottom Billion
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PAST 10 YEARS HAVE GOTTEN a bad rap as the "Naughty Aughties"--and deservedly so, it seems, for a decade that began with 9/11 and the Enron scandal and closed with the global financial crisis and the Haiti earthquake....
Beyond City Limits: The Age of Nations Is over. the New Urban Era Has Begun
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE 21ST CENTURY WILL NOT BE dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city. In an age that appears increasingly unmanageable, cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the...
Blood vs. Treasure: For a President, the Real Cost of War Is Dollars, Hot Deaths
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Whatever their domestic achievements, the legacies of American wartime leaders are largely defined by their wars--think Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam or George W. Bush and Iraq. While U.S. presidents tend to enjoy a patriotic...
Chicago on the Yangtze: Welcome to Chonqoing, the Biggest City You've Never Heard Of
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] YAN QI SPENT MOST of her childhood living with her grandparents in a mountain village on the outskirts of what is now the world's fastest-growing city. It was always raining, she remembers, and nothing much seemed to happen....
Don't Try This at Home: You Can't Build a New Silicon Valley Just Anywhere
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SIX YEARS AGO, I WROTE A BOOK about the origins of Silicon Valley. Ever since, international investors, foreign officials, and urban planners from multiple continents have been asking me for advice on how to re-create the...
Fire in the Hole: How India's Economic Rise Turned an Obscure Communist Revolt into a Raging Resource War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE RICHEST IRON MINE in India was guarded by 16 men, armed with Army-issued, self-loading rifles and dressed in camouflage fatigues. Only eight survived the night of Feb. 9, 2006, when a crack team of Maoist insurgents cut...
George Papandreou
THE SCION OF A SOCIALIST political dynasty, son of one prime minister and grandson of another, George Papandreou has also inherited the unwelcome task of bringing Greece's sinking economy back from the depths of the Aegean. Here, he explains how Greeks...
Googlopolis: Eric Schmidt Tells FP What Makes a City Smart, How Not to Lose $1 Trillion-And the One Place He's Never Been
Can there ever be another Silicon Valley, in the United States or anywhere else? What makes it so special? One thing is the weather. You think I'm joking, but the weather is certainly a part of it. There can be many Silicon Valleys. It is absolutely...
Letter Form the Editor
WHEN FOREIGN POLICY contributing editor Christina Larson flew to China this spring on a reporting trip, she set out for a city that used to define the back of the beyond: Chongqing. The remote, mountainous outpost had a brief moment in the spotlight...
Mega Cities
Over the next two decades, the world will see a burst of urban expansion at a speed and on a scale never before witnessed in human history. But not all the world will take part. When you hear about the coming urban age, it's really a story about rising...
Slumdog Billionaires: Two Autobiographies Show How India's New Rockefellers Made It Big
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the face of it, G.R. Gopinath might not seem a natural candidate to become a best-selling Indian author. He isn't a glamorous political heiress from across the border, like current hit writer Fatima Bhutto, or a well-known...
Soft Rock Power: Has American Cultural Dominance Met Its Waterloo?
FOR DECADES, the world has considered business giants like IKEA and Saab the bright lights of Swedish industry. Yet the real symbol of Sweden's economic power is not the Poang chair or the Gripen fighter jet, but the catchy choruses of the 1970s pop...
Strange Brew: Does the Tea Party Have a Foreign Policy?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When tens of thousands of Tea Party activists gathered for a rally on the National Mall in Washington this spring, they loudly cheered the economic populism of their hero, Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who fell short in...
Strategic Dialogue
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a long journey from U.S. enemy to ally, but for the last half-century, there has been one surefire sign that things are moving in the right direction: holding a "strategic dialogue" in Washington. Think of it as the foreign-policy...
The Arctic: Everyone Wants a Piece of the Thawing Far North. but That Doesn't Mean Anarchy Will Reign at the Top of the World
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The Arctic Is Experiencing a 21st-Century Gold Rush." WRONG. In August 2007, a minisubmarine carrying Artur Chilingarov, a Russian parliamentarian and veteran explorer, descended into the ice-covered sea at the North...
The [Begin strikethrough]American[end Strikethrough] Global Dream: With the Global Rise of the Celebrity CEO, Some New Stories Are Being Told
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lee Iacocca said it best. In the introduction to the paperback edition of his massively best-selling 1984 autobiography, the erstwhile savior of Chrysler and symbol of American capitalism reflected on his book s success: After...
The Global Cities Index
WE ARE AT A GLOBAL INFLECTION POINT. Half the world's population is now urban--and half the world's most global cities are Asian. The 2010 Global Cities Index, a collaboration between FOREIGN POLICY, management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, and The...
The Transformer: Bob Gates Never Thought He'd Be Barack Obama's Defense Secretary. Now, in an Exclusive Interview, the Most Revolutionary Pentagon Leader since Robert McNamara Tells FP Why He Said Yes, When He'll Get out of Washington, and What Legacy He Hope to Leave Behind
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LATE IN 2007, A YEAR INTO his tenure as George W. Bush's secretary of defense and just over a year before the end of Bush's second term as president, I asked Robert Gates if he'd thought of staying on in the next administration....
The Truth Is out There (in a Library): Forget Wlkileaks or Google. the State Secrets That Matter Are Waiting to Be Found in Dusty File Cabinets
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE OPENING OF THE 1989 John le Carre novel The Russia House, a British publisher visiting Moscow is given three "grubby" notebooks by a woman at a book fair. She insists the notebooks contain a great work of literature...
The Yimbys: Five Places Saying "Yes, in My Backyard" to the Nasty Stuff That No One Else Wants
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RUSSIA * The Dump: Nuclear waste * Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ambitious plans for Russia's nuclear energy sector, and they go beyond his bid to become a global supplier for countries that can't enrich their own uranium....
Urban Legends: Why Suburbs, Not Cities, Are the Answer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The human world is fast becoming an urban world--and according to many, the faster that happens and the bigger the cities get, the better off we all will be. The old suburban model, with families enjoying their own space in...