Foreign Policy

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Articles from No. 185, March-April

Becoming the Enemy: To Win in Afghanistan, We Need to Fight More like the Taliban
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FROM THE OUTSET OF MY COMMD IN AFGHANISTAN, two or three times each week, accompanied by a few aides and often my Afghan counterparts, I would leave the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul and travel...
Brics: How Did a Wall Street Buzzword Coined by Goldman Sachs Become a Powerful New Bloc in World Affairs?
1989: Brazil emerges from military rule, electing Fernando Collor de Mello. who puts in place a drastic economic stabilization plan to reverse hyperinflation and boost privatization. 1991: Indian Finance Minister Manmohan Singh presides over a sweeping...
Cable News: What Is WikiLeaks Really Trying to Tell Us? We Asked Eminent Historians and Ambassadors to Take the Long View on These Startling Documents, Starting with a Short History of Secrecy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WIKILEAKS IS SOMETHING NEW, but human beings have always been fascinated by secrets and what to do about them. According to Greek legend, King Midas's barber knew his master's shameful secret: that the king had been given...
Going to Extremes: Why Muslim Fundamentalists May Be Our Best Hope for Stopping Terror
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN I996, RICHARD REID, a petty criminal recently released from prison, found his way to an unassuming mosque in the rough-edged south London neighborhood of Brixton. The majority of worshippers were converts to Islam: some...
History Matters
Aluf Benn asserts that contradictory historical claims have trapped Israelis and Palestinians in their mutual antagonism ("Understanding History Won't Help Us Make Peace," January/February 2011). Not so fast. The conflict in the Levant is not just...
How Obama Lost Karzai
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE ATTACKS OF SEPT. 11, 2001, all exiled Afghan leader l had known for nearly 20 years paid a visit to my home in Lahore. His name was Hamid Karzai, and his problem, he told me, was that he was rapidly...
How to Write a Cable
Contrary to what Julian Assange might tell you, most ambassadors do not worry that the wrong people will read their cables, but that the right people won't. The U.S. State Department receives several million cables a year, and while most deal with...
Human Rights Last: Chinas Diplomats Have the Ear of the World's Bad Guys. So What Are They Telling Them?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON FEB. 21, 2010, THE CHINESE EMBASSY in Harare threw a birthday party for Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's heavy-handed and increasingly erratic octogenarian despot, complete with cake, almost 100 guests, and a "Happy 86th birthday"...
Jim O'Neill
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The British-born guru of Goldman Sachs has long been ahead of the curve: As head of research back in 2001, he coined the acronym BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) to highlight the role of developing economies in world...
Kingdom Come
Steve LeVines sober reflections on Saudi Arabia's importance to U.S. interests are welcome after so many years of unremitting public vilification of the kingdom in the U.S. media ("Frenemies Forever," January/February 2011). LeVine is right to point...
Letter from the Editor
When Stanley A. agreed to write his exclusive article for FOREIGN POLICY'S special War Issue, he had a surprising point he wanted to make. The general, who has been largely out of the public view since his dramatic ouster from command of NATO forces...
Mickey Mouse, Villain: How Copyrights for U.S. Cartoons Are Holding the Developing World Hostage
EVERYBODY LOVES DISNEY. Last year, Walt's empire was the No. 1 entertainment business in Fortune's annual ranking of the most admired companies in the world, and it's regularly a star performer in corporate-responsibility ratings. And why not? Global...
Nothing to See Here
NEIL SHEEHAN, the legendary reporter who acquired the Pentagon Papers for the New York Times, tells us that Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, who had commissioned that history of the Vietnam War, declined to read it. Perhaps the task itself was forbidding:...
Prime Numbers
A TALE OF TWO ARMIES As the U.S. military has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade, a persistent challenge has been helping to build, equip, and train the Iraqi and Afghan army and police forces so they can protect their own governments...
Que Pasa, China? Why China's Boom Might Take a Siesta
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CHINA AND MEXICO aren't often mentioned together these days. One is seen as an economic dynamo with a highly efficient, if authoritarian, political system; the other as a stagnant, crime-ridden basket case. But the two countries...
Relax, America. Chinese Math Whizzes and Indian Engineers Aren't Stealing Your Kids' Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "American Kids Are Falling Behind." NOT REALLY. Anybody seeking signs of American decline in the early 21st century need look no further, it would seem, than the latest international educational testing results. The...
Revenge of the Quiet American
THE MAKING OF WIKILEAKS sounds like a plot straight out of Graham Greene, with some 21st-century updates: A disgruntled Army private downloads a digital grab bag of classified documents, burns them onto sham Lady Gaga CDs, and passes them into the...
So Long, Chicken Little: The 9 Most Annoying Sky-Is-Falling Cliches in American Foreign Policy
WHY IS IT THAT FALLACIES in foreign policy are so endlessly repeated? Whether in the form of alarmist predictions that never seem to pan out or stale cliches that are constantly recycled no matter how discredited, the apocalypse--or utopia, for that...
Teodorin's World: Playboy Bunnies. $2 Million Bugattis. Bags Full of Cash. Meet the World's Richest Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The owner of the estate at 3620 Sweetwater Mesa Road, which sits high above Malibu, California, calls himself a prince, and he certainly lives like one. A long, tree-lined driveway runs from the estate's...
The Future of War
If the U.S. military of 10 years ago saw itself today, it might not recognize the tactics, strategies, weapons, and organization as its own. From counterinsurgency to drones to cybertechnology, the 00's were a transformative decade--and the coming...
The New Virology: The Future of War by Other Means
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LARGELY UNSEEN BY THE WORLD, two dangerous germs homed in on their targets in the spring and early summer of 2009. One was made by man to infect computers. The other was made by nature, and could infect man. The man-made...
War and Peace, Mad Lids Edition: FP Asked Some of the World's Smartest Thinkers on Security to Fill in the Blanks on Where We're Headed
THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO SUCCESS IN AFGHANISTAN IS: The perception among Americans, the Taliban, regular Afghans, and Pakistanis that we are running out of time.--RICHARD FONTAINE * The fact that it knows literally nothing but war; if there is such...

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