Foreign Policy

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Articles from No. 187, July-August

A Guide to the Foreign Policy Twitterati
THE MIDDLE EAST THE BEST TWEETERS are like personal news curators, separating the wheat from the chaff, and fact from fiction. But how do you find the good ones? In part, it depends on what you're looking for and when--Twitter is nothing if not...
Anthropology of an Idea: Track II Diplomacy
THE BRAINCHILD OF A HANDFUL of academics, free-thinking State Department bureaucrats, and public intellectuals in the 1970s, "Track II" diplomacy grew out of the observation that private individuals, meeting unofficially, can find their way to common...
An Unfair Deal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If paying an extra buck or two for the "fair-trade" option at your local coffee shop makes you feel more virtuous about your place in the global economy, you're not alone. Ethical beans are big business: In 2010, the United...
Chug for Growth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE MYTH OF THE SMUG teetotaler is no joke. Many of the most popular theories of economic growth in wealthy countries, dating back to the Protestant work ethic of Max Weber, emphasize the abstemious and sober virtues of the...
Dark Crystal: Why Didn't Anyone Predict the Arab Revolutions?
IN EARLY MARCH, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, complained that America's spooks had failed to warn about the risks of uprisings in the Arab world. Instead, they had provided "nothing that we didn't read...
Divide and Conquer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SINCE THE NEW, Republican-dominated Congress was sworn in at the beginning of 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama has seen his domestic agenda stalled, his foreign-aid budget slashed, his signature victory--last year's health-care...
Don't Go There: Chasing the Dying Memories of Soviet Trauma
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN NOVEMBER 2004, Nona Panova was being interviewed by a researcher from the Russian human rights organization Memorial, working under my direction on an oral history project about private life in the Stalin era. Nona, a 75-year-old...
Everything You Think You Know about the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong
EVERY REVOLUTION IS A SURPRISE. Still, the latest Russian Revolution must be counted among the greatest of surprises. In the years leading up to 1991, virtually no Western expert, scholar, official, or politician foresaw the impending collapse of the...
Fortress India: Why Is Delhi Building a New Berlin Wall to Keep out Its Bangladeshi Neighbors?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FELANI WORE HER GOLD bridal jewelry as she crouched out of sight inside the squalid concrete building. The 15-year-old's father, Nurul Islam, peeked cautiously out the window and scanned the steel...
Get Smart: How to Cram for 2012
ACCORDING TO THE New Yorker, Barack Obama boned up on international affairs to prepare for the presidency by reading Thomas Friedman. For foreign-policy cognoscenti, this is like reading John Grisham novels to study for the bar exam. With most of the...
Henry Kissinger: America's Most Famous Diplomat Reflects on a Very Revolutionaly 2011, the Rise of China, and the Prospects for a New Cold War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EXAGGERATES the impact of its rhetoric [on the Arab revolutions] but does not have a clear sense of the kind of world they'd like to see and how they want to make it come about. USUALLY, THE IMPETUS...
How'd We Do Covering the Revolution? Looking Back with a Generous Dose of Humility
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] YEVGENY BUSHMIN SEEMED TO embody all the promise of Russian democracy on a cold December day in 1995 as he campaigned for reelection to the lower house of parliament. When we met, Bushmin was 37 years old, had made it as a...
Letter from the Editor
TEN YEARS AGO, I MARKED a decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union by spending a week with one of its beneficiaries, a friend of a Moscow friend named Tatyana Shalimova. We traveled together from the boomtown capital on the overnight train to...
Meltdown for the First Time, Boris Yeltsin's Right-Hand Man Tells the Inside Story of the Coup That Killed Glasnost-And Changed the World
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT WAS THE MORNING of Aug. 19, 1991, and the Russian president was standing at the door of his dacha in Arkhangelskoe, a compound of small country houses outside Moscow where the top Russian government officials lived. I had...
On 9/11, the West Woke Up to the Threat Posed by Failed States. but Did We Actually Understand It?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Failed States Are a Threat to U.S. National Security." ONLY SOME OF THEM. It has been a truism of U.S. foreign policy since the 9/11 terrorist attacks that the United States is, in the words of President George W. Bush's...
On the Economy, Be Careful What You Wish For
HALFWAY THROUGH 2011, we've already seen an extraordinary year of volatility: turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa, the eurozone's ongoing fiscal crises, Japan's triple disaster, the killing of Osama bin Laden. Yet these dramatic events...
The 2011 Index
THREE AFRICAN STATES -- Somalia, Chad, and Sudan--once again top this year's Failed States Index, the annual ranking prepared by the Fund for Peace and published by FOREIGN POLICY of the world's most vulnerable countries. For four years in a row, Somalia...
The Blank Spots: Why So Many Remain
IN 1992, BARELY A YEAR after the collapse of the OSSR, three Russian lawyers were granted unprecedented access to the holy of holies--the minutes of the Politburo, the Soviet Communist Party's highest body. President Boris Yeltsin was anxious to secure...
The Brutal Truth: Failed States Are Mainly a Threat to Their Own Inhabitants. We Should Help Them Anyway
THE LAST 20 YEARS--SO blandly labeled the "post-Cold War era"--might as well be known as the "Age of Failed States." After decades of confronting Soviet power, successive U.S. administrations suddenly became embroiled in and bedeviled by the world's...
The Bulls and Bears Edition: We Asked Top Economists to Fill in the Blanks. Here's What They Told Us
IN 50 YEARS, THE WORLD ECONOMY WILL BE ... Less unequal.--ABHIJIT BANERJEE * Hard to recognize.--DARON ACEMOGLU * Amazing.--ERNST R. BERNDT * Richer.--JEFFREY FRANKEL * Growing.--DAN CRAWFORD * Freer.--JUAN CARLOS HIDALGO * Six [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
The Far Side of the Soviet Moon: Ten of Russia's Most Disturbing Unsolved Mysteries
THE 20 YEARS since the Soviet collapse have been a gold mine for historians--gold because of the valuable discoveries in archives and memoirs, and a mine because of the intense, frustrating labor that's often required to bring them to light. In many...
The Great Rebalancing
In just a few years, the global economy has been monumentally transformed. Americans, long the world's consumers of last resorts, stopped their spending while emerging markets powered up to become the most dynamic engines of growth. As the United States...
The Long, Lame Afterlife of Mikhail Gorbachev: A Cautionary Tale about What Happens When You Fail to See the Revolution Coming
IN THE MOST NOTABLE of the many photographs snapped at the gala held to mark his 80th birthday, Mikhail Gorbachev seems shorter and rounder than he did in his prime, back when he was one of the most important people in the world. He is inscrutable,...
The Revolution Will Be Tweeted: Life in the Vanguard of the New Twitter Proletariat
IT WAS LATE AT NIGHT on Tahrir Square. Egypt's embattled leader, Hosni Mubarak, had just given his bizarre speech vowing not to step down, and I followed an enraged crowd of several hundred protesters over to the state television building along the...
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