Foreign Policy

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Articles from No. 183, December

5 Lessons from Haiti's Disaster
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. JOBS ARE EVERYTHING. All humans need money--they need it to buy food and water every day. And no matter how hard the government or the aid industry tries, people will want for all three things until they are employed....
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FP's Second Annual 100 Top Global Thinkers: Foreign Policy Presents a Unique Portrait of 2010's Global Marketplace of Ideas and the Thinkers Who Make Them
1 WARREN BUFFET(AND BILL GATES for stepping up as the world's states falter. Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway | Omaha, Neb. Co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | Seattle If you were one of the 1,011 billionaires in the world, what would...
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Global Heroes: How the Cold War's Wise Men Went Anti-Nuclear
In the early 1970s, Bruce Blair spent two years as a Minuteman launch officer, on duty as the missiles stood ready to fire on the Soviet Union at a moment's notice. Later, he worked on a top-secret study of U.S. command and control of nuclear weapons....
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Good Ideas for Bad Times: A Look at the Innovative Thinkers and Bold Ideas That Kept 2010 from Being a Total Wash
Was there any news this year that wasn't bad for poor people? Natural catastrophes seemed to be almost deliberately targeting the world's worst ore from the earthquake in Haiti to floods in Pakistan. A number of the countries that can least afford...
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Letter from the Editor
When historians look back to the moment when the post-Cold War reign of American power ended, they may well settle on 2010 as a crucial year. Everywhere, it seemed, there were signs that the long-predicted "rise of the rest" had finally occurred, whether...
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Mr. 'Zero Problems'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sat down with FOREIGN POLICY'S managing editor Blake Hounshell in Doha, Qatar, this fall to discuss his side of the Iran-Brazil-Turkey triangle. Edited excerpts follow. This year,...
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Save the World, Fill in the Blank-
FP picked 100 of the top thinkers around the world and asked them to comment on the leading issues of 2010. Amazingly--and provocatively--some of the planet's busiest people found time to finish the sentence ... MIDDLE EAST PEACE COULD BE ACHIEVED...
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The African Miracle: How the World's Charity Case Became Its Best Investment Opportunity
Not so long ago, the world lamented its broken continent. "The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world," declared British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2001--and his was a common refrain. Civil war, economic stagnation, and a high disease...
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The End of the 'Peaceful Rise'? Even China's Elites Don't Know Where It's Headed
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For all the breathless headlines, there is no real clarity as to what kind of global power China will become over the next critical decade. But if the international community is in the dark about China's 21st-century trajectory,...
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The Fourth Wave: Can the World Avoid a Fresh Crisis?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The global economy looks to be headed toward what Mohamed El-Erian has called a "new normal" after the market meltdown and financial upheaval of the last two years. But along the way, we're in for a bumpy ride. So far,...
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The FP Survey
Everyone's into crowdsourcing these days, but FOREIGN POLICY decided to consult the ultimate smart crowd: the world's 100 top Global Thinkers. For the second year in a row, nearly two-thirds answered the call, rating everything from U.S. President...
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The Soft-Power Power
Susan Glasser, FOREIGN POLICY'S editor in chief, met Amorim in Brasilia for a wide-ranging conversation on Brazil's role as the rest rises. Below, the edited excerpts. What is the big idea, as far as you see it, for Brazil's role in the world? Some...
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The Stories You Missed in 2010: Ten Events and Trends That Were Overlooked This Year, but May Be Leading the Headlines in 2011
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE INDONESIAN TIGER [1] While economists debate whether China or India will dominate the world economy of the 21st century, another rising Asian power is quietly entering the picture. Relatively unscathed by the global...
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We Can't Say They Didn't Warn Us: A Guide to Who's Still Standing in the Post-Crash Marketplace of Ideas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a letter to shareholders written just after the dot-com bust, Warren Buffett observed, "You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." The 2008 financial crisis had a similar...
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Why I'm Building Palestine
When we launched our state-building plan for Palestine in August 2009, many dismissed it as an exercise in eggheadedness, extraordinary optimism, a dream. But here we are, feeling exceptionally, extremely validated by the scorecard so far: We have...
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