Foreign Policy

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

Articles from No. 178, March-April

Africa's Forever Wars
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE REASON WHY some of Africa's bloodiest, most brutal wars never seem to end: They are not really wars. Not in the traditional sense, at least. The combatants don't have much of an ideology; they don't...
Capping It Off
"Cap and trade" began not as a catchphrase, but as a simple concept: that the market could help curb pollution. Its roots date to the 1960s, when U.S. government scientists came up with a scheme for regulating sulfur dioxide emissions through setting...
Contributing to Sustainable Food Security around the World
Most people living in rural areas in the developing world rely on agriculture for income, employment, and food. It also provides raw materials for industry and exports. EU assistance promotes agricultural practices and technologies that are environmentally...
Dayton Discord: How the International Community Failed Bosnia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MAJOR DIPLOMATIC achievements are usually the result of years of toil, bitter negotiations, and the successful balancing of diametrically opposed interests. But often, in the search for the big breakthrough, the little guys...
Eight Questions about How the World Works
1 What percentage of world trade is carried en ships? a) 40 percent b) 60 percent c) 80 percent 2 In the World Trade Organization's 15 years of operation, which country has made the most trade complaints? a) India b) Japan c) United States 3 How...
Feeding the Hungry: Helping the Neediest Help Themselves
The European Union strongly supports the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, and notably the first MDG, which aims to eradicate poverty and hunger. An immediate target is the halving of the proportion of...
Helping Others Help Themselves: EU-Funded Programs
"Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." --UN Food and Agriculture Organization...
Introducing Turtle Bay
OUR NEW BLOG TURTLE BAY GOES INSIDE the world's most prominent, but surprisingly unexamined, international organization: the United Nations. Veteran reporter Colum Lynch, who has covered the United Nations for the Washington Post for more than a decade,...
Let Europe Be Europe: Why the United States Must Withdraw from NATO
OVER THE COURSE of the disastrous 20th century, inhabitants of the liberal democratic world in ever-increasing numbers reached this conclusion: War doesn't pay and usually doesn't work. As recounted by historian James J. Sheehan in his excellent book,...
Meet the Sims: ... and Shoot Them. the Rise of Militainment
THE COUNTRY OF GHANZIA IS EMBROILED IN A CIVIL WAR. As a soldier in America's Army, your job is to do everything from protect U.S. military convoys against AK-47-wielding attackers to sneak up on a mountain observatory where arms dealers are hiding...
Mixed Metaphors: Why the Wars on Cancer, Poverty, Drugs, Terror, Drunk Driving, Teen Pregnancy, and Other Ills Can't Be Won
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT'S WORSE: declaring war against a social problem or calling for a Marshall Plan to solve it? Both are enduring and popular metaphors. Unfortunately, both lead to bad government decisions. Public policies shaped by such...
Money Talks
ANDREW CARD, FORMER U.S. President George W. Bush's chief of staff, once used an unfortunate business metaphor--"you don't introduce new products in August"--when discussing the Bush administration's public push to invade Iraq. His quote soon became...
North Korea's Race Problem: What I Learned in Eight Years Reading Propaganda from Inside the Hermit Kingdom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AMERICA TALKS THE TALK; Pyongyang walks the walk. At least according to Kim Jong Il's domestic propaganda machine. In countless posters displayed in city centers, North Korean resolve is contrasted with American spinelessness....
The EU and Food Security
"A world where one billion people are hungry is not just a deep stain on our collective conscience. It is a growing threat to global security. If the financial crisis has taught us anything, it is that, if we ignore risks building up in the system,...
The Good Ayatollah: Why My Former Cellmate's Legacy Will Live On
IF 2010 TURNS OUT TO BE THE BEGINNING Of the end of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it may well be because of the death of one of the regime's founders, a man I met three decades ago in Tehran's infamous Evin prison. In 1977, I was a 27-year-old rebel...
The New Rules of War: The Visionary Who First, Saw the Age of "Netwar" Coming Warns That the U.S. Military Is Getting It Wrong All over Again. Here's His Plan to Make Conflict Cheaper, Smaller, and Smarter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Every day, the U.S. military spends $1.75 billion, much of it on big ships, big guns, and big battalions that are not only not needed to win the wars of the present, but are sure to be the wrong approach to waging the wars...
The Shooting War: An Exclusive Collection of Work by the World's Most Acclaimed Conflict Photographers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BAGHDAD PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHANIE SINCLAIR THE DAY AFTER One of Iraq's iconic scenes of conflict this was the Canal Hotel 24 hours after the U.N. headquarters there had been eviscerated, when only a man and a machine were...
The U.N.'S Dictator Envoy: Meet Ibrahim Gambari, Diplomat to the Autocrats
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EARLY THIS YEAR, THE UNITED NATIONS sent its favorite dictator-whisperer, Nigerian diplomat Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, to Sudan, hoping to nudge the country's leader and alleged war criminal, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir,...
The World's Kissingers: A Country's Foreign Policy Is Often Defined Less by Its Elected Leader Than Its Behind-the-Scenes Operators and Elder Statesmen. Here Are Four Figures Setting the Global Agenda for the World's Emerging Powers, Just as Henry Kissinger Set America's for over 50 Years
LEE KUAN YEW Country: Singapore Age: 86 Position; Former prime minister, current "minister mentor" (a cabinet-level position created specifically for him) Legacy: After shepherding Singapore to unprecedented economic growth over his 31...
Think Again: China's Military: It's Not Time to Panic. Yet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "China's Military Is a Growing Threat." Not yet. After two decades of massive military spending to modernize its armed forces, amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars, China increasingly has the ability to challenge...
Threats to Food Security
"It is less expensive to protect the planet now than to repair it later." --European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Dubbed a "global food crisis" by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the 2007 global surge in food...
Trading Up the Food Chain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "With regard to food security, trade is part of the solution, not the problem. A smoothly functioning global food market can help to iron out local variations in supply ... and it can also hand real economic opportunities...
War College: Cutting-Edge Thinking on the Changing Nature of Conflict: In Praise of Aerial Bombing: Why Terror from the Skies Still Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVER SINCE THE U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey cast doubt on the efficacy of aerial bombardment in World War II, and particularly after its failure to bring victory in the Vietnam War, air power has acquired a bad reputation....