Foreign Policy

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Articles from No. 191, January-February

13 Ways to Save the Global Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Debt-ridden and hidebound, Europe may be on the verge of a painful breakup. America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis. Even China and India--the new engines of global growth--seem to be sputtering these days....
After America: How Does the World Look in an Age of U.S. Decline? Dangerously Unstable
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOT SO LONG AGO, a high-ranking Chinese official, who obviously had concluded that America's decline and China's rise were both inevitable, noted in a burst of candor to a senior U.S. official: "But, please, let America not...
Austan Goolsbee
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a cabinet-level aide to fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama, Austan Goolsbee had a rarefied perch in Washington for an academic trained to write about recessions, not steer the...
Follow the Money: What's Wrong with the World Economy? We Asked Top Experts to Fill in the Blanks-And They Had a Lot to Tell Us
THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS ... Politics.--DARON ACEMOGLU * Economic stagnation in wealthy countries.--TYLER COWEN * In the short run, a trifecta: the euro, the gridlock in the U.S. Congress, and the slowdown in China.--DANIEL BRADLOW...
Full Tanks, Empty Promises
It might be the last truly bipartisan policy aim in Washington, and the least plausible one: Every U.S. president since Richard Nixon has pledged allegiance to the goal of "energy independence," even as the United States has remained dependent on imported...
I Served in the CIA for 28 Years and I Can Tell You: America's Screw-Ups Come from Bad Leaders, Not Lousy Spies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Presidents Make Decisions Based on Intellisence." NOT THE BIG ONES. From George W. Bush trumpeting WMD reports about Iraq to this year's Republican presidential candidates vowing to set policy in Afghanistan based on...
Letter from the Editor
THE HOUSE IS on fire. It's been three years and counting of this global financial crisis, yet the world's firefighters still seem just as preoccupied with fighting each other as dousing the flames. At least, that s how it often looks to us here at...
Pakistan the Unreal: A Son's Tale of a Death Ripped from the Headlines --and the Novel That Foretold It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN DECEMBER 2010 I sent off the changes to my first work of fiction set in Pakistan. I should say published work because really I was concluding a writing cycle that, having begun 10 years before with a failed novel, had led...
Paving Paradise
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S JUST A GUESS, but I doubt concrete would rank high on a list of the world's most loved materials. From Belgrade to Brixton, the antiseptic, brutalist tower blocks of wannabe Le Corbusiers have become eyesores--vertical...
Post-Colonial Hangovers: Some Empires Really Were Worse Than Others
IT'S HARD TO FIND COUNTRIES that are nostalgic for colonialism, at least among those that were on the receiving end of it. At the same time, it's hard to escape the impression that some countries had a worse time of it than others. The former British...
South Africa's Awkward Teenage Years: It's Finally Arrived on the World Stage-But Did Its Conscience Stay at Home?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOT LONG AFTER I MOVED [O South Africa, in mid-2009, I was invited to the government's relaunch of its national "brand." Over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in a pavilion overlooking the Cape Town waterfront, Paul Bannister,...
The FP Survey: The Ivory Tower
Amid all the doom and gloom about declining U.S. power and respect abroad, Americans can take solace in the fact that their university system remains the envy of the world. But at a time when the United States faces a host of new challenges-from the...
The Myth of Europe: The Euro Crisis Isn't Really about Money. It's about the Fiction That Europeans Ever Existed at All
When the euro officially entered circulation at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2002, fireworks lit up the night sky across Europe to celebrate the scrapping of the French franc, German deutsche mark, Greek drachma, and a clutch of other ancient...
The Russian Oligarch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN I TEXTED Alexander Lebedev--the KGB spook turned banker and media mogul--explaining the conceit of this feature, he wrote back: "I don't have anything, not even money." The billionaire (estimated assets, according to...
True to Life
From Vietnam to Pakistan, writers have long turned to fiction to make sense of the news, often yielding uncanny portraits of real-life war, revolution, and cultural change. Here, FOREIGN POLICY offers a sampler of novels that could have been straight...