Foreign Policy

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

Articles from No. 179, May-June

After OBL?
As a teenager, Osama bin Laden was so pious that other kids didn't swear or tell off-color jokes when he was around. That religiosity later hardened into a fanatical hatred. "Every Muslim, from the moment they realize the distinction in their hearts,...
Al Qaeda Franchises
Taliban Members: 25,000 in Afghanistan; tens of thousands in Pakistan Leader: Mullah Omar There are some 25,000 fighters in Afghanistan and tens of thousands in Pakistan, but just 10 percent of the population in those countries supports the...
A New Great Wall: Why the Crisis in Translation Matters
ONE OF THE TRULY GREAT WAR correspondents, a monumental figure who reported from Afghanistan for 20 years and won almost every literary prize offered in Italy; a humanistic French-Tunisian scholar who has sought a middle way between Islam and secularism;...
A Saint for Lost Souls: Mexico's Increasingly Destitute Poor Are Turning to What the U.S. Military Calls a "Death Cult" for Comfort
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE BARRIO OF TEPITO, where it's said that everything is for sale except dignity, has been one of Mexico City's roughest neighborhoods since Aztec times. Famous for its black market and its boxing champions, Tepito is a place...
Attention Whole Foods Shoppers: Stop Obsessing about Arugula. Your "Sustainable" Mantra-Organic, Local, and Slow-Is No Recipe for Saving the World's Hungry Millions
FROM WHOLE FOODS RECYCLABLE cloth bags to Michelle Obama's organic White House garden, modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions. We want to save the planet. Help local farmers. Fight climate change--and childhood obesity, too. But though it's...
Bombscare: The World Has a Lot of Problems. an Exploding Population Isn't One of Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVER SINCE PARSON THOMAS ROBERT MALTHUS wrote his 1798 essay on population, it has been trotted out by millenarians and self-styled Cassandras as the basis for predicting famine and global woe. Malthus's arguments were resurrected...
Brainier Brawn
The term "smart power" is just half a decade old, but the concept behind it goes back much further. Grand strategists from Carl von Clausewitz to Lawrence of Arabia advocated a mix of "hard" military power and "soft" ideological sway as the recipe...
Eight Questions about How the World Works
1 If the United States deported all its illegal immigrants at once, how long would the bus convoy be? a) 18 miles b) 180 miles c) 1,800 miles 2 The world's wind-power generation capacity increased how much in 2009? a) 11 percent b)...
Farewell: And Thanks for Reading
DOES THE EDITOR OF FOREIGN POLICY magazine need to be a U.S. citizen? That was my first question in mid-1996 upon learning that the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the think tank that then owned the magazine, was looking for a new editor....
Food Fights: Some of the World's Most Bitter Conflicts Have Nothing to Do with Access to Resources, Ethnic Chauvinism, or the Balance of Power. Here's a Short Guide to the Planet's Fiercest Gastronomic Controversies
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Eggplant The Battleground: India The Fight: In October, the Indian government gave its first approval to a genetically modified food, "Bt brinjal"-an eggplant bioengineered by agro-giant Monsanto...
Geriatric World: Prepare for the Invasion of the Centenarians
DEATH AND TAXES MAY be guaranteed, but what happens to an economy when the hereafter becomes a much more distant prospect? Western countries are about to find out. More than half the babies born since 2000 in France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Canada,...
Green Monster: The Gas Guzzlers at the Pentagon Are under Orders to Get Ecofriendly. the Impact Could Be Huge
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE U.S. MILITARY ISN'T EXACTLY UNDERWORKED, what with salvaging Afghanistan, helping out Haiti, fighting off pirates, and getting out of Iraq. But now, it has been handed a new mission: leading the campaign to cut back on...
Letter from the Editor
BACK IN 1996, FOREIGN POLICY'S new editor in chief had a Big Idea: Instead of a quarterly journal targeted at academics and a small handful of policy insiders, FP would be reborn as a glossy magazine, serving a global audience of smart, professional...
Maostalgia: A Photo Essay
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LUCKYCHARH No matter that China has spent the last three decades reversing the shock-communism course of the late Mao Zedong. Documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve found Mao's legacy in the most unexpected places...
So Why Have We Failed?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] More than 60 years after Israel's stunning victory in the 1948 war that birthed the Jewish state, an end to the world's most exasperating conflict seems more distant than ever. U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to drag...
The Almanac of Al Qaeda
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December 2007, al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, made a little-noticed nod to the fact that his organization's popularity was taking a nosedive: He solicited questions from jihadi forum participants in an online question-and-answer...
The Billionaire Dissident: An Oil Tycoon in a Glass Cage Aspires to Be Russia's Next Sakharov
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HE HAS BEEN STABBED, SPIED ON, and sent to solitary confinement. His oil company assets have been seized by the state, his fortune decimated, his family fractured. And now, after nearly seven years in a Siberian prison camp...
The False Religion of Mideast Peace and Why I'm No Longer a Believer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON OCTOBER 18, 1991, AGAINST LONG ODDS and in front of an incredulous press corps, U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Soviet Foreign Minister Boris Pankin announced that Arabs and Israelis were being invited to...
The 'Might-Have-Been' Plots
In a majority of the serious terrorist plots targeted against Western countries since 2004, the plotters were either directed or trained by established jihadi groups along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In the last two years, however, more Western...
Think Again the Internet: They Told Us It Would Usher in a New Era of Freedom, Political Activism, and Perpetual Peace. They Were Wrong
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "The Internet Has Been a Force for Good." No., In the days when the Internet was young, our hopes were high. As with any budding love affair, we wanted to believe our newfound object of fascination could change the world....
What You're Missing: So Why Does Translation Matter? Here Are Two Reasons Why: Unpublished Translations from a Young South African Essayist and a Renowned Indian Novelist. Our Translation Project, with Many More Entries Online, Takes You from Vietnam's Version of the Agent Orange Disaster to an Inside Look at Russian Refugees in Germany-Stories You Won't Read Anywhere Else, at Least Not in English
Linguistic Apartheid From Thomas Dreyer, Not Our Leguaan, translated by Dreyer from the Afrikaans. I AM AN AFRIKAANS WRITER. I write in a language that is Dutch but not Dutch, European but not European, African but not African--even though it...

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