Foreign Policy

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Articles from No. 171, March-April

1927-2008: Samuel Huntington: A Tribute to the Provocative, Brilliant, and Intellectually Fearless Cofounder of Foreign Policy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Samuel P. Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel founded Foreign Policy in 1970, their explicit goal was to attack entrenched orthodoxies in the Washington debate. They promised a journal that would be "serious but not...
After the Crash, the Consequences
In so many ways, the Bush era already feels like a relic: waterboarding, Dick Cheney, preemptive war, and of course, that great real estate boom. All so yesterday. Perhaps nothing from that era feels more dated than the former U.S. president's famous...
A Melting Pot It's Not
What do Jennifer Aniston, Nikola Tesla, and soy milk all have in common? All three were subjects of protracted editing wars on Wikipedia, fueled by the competing claims of people in several nations (Greeks, Brits, and Americans tussled over Aniston;...
Answering the Call
At the height of Colombia's civil war in 2002, Mario Escobar, then a 23-year-old economics student in Bogota, noticed a disturbing trend. The Colombian rebel group FARC had started planting land mines--it called them "weapons of the poor"--throughout...
China's Team of Rivals
A financial meltdown in China promises to test the Communist Party's power in ways not seen since Tiananmen. But theirs is a house divided, as princelings take on populists and Pekinologists try to make sense of it all. Will this team built for economic...
Double Booked
For some of the nearly 200 million people living outside their birth countries, passport lines might be getting easier to manage. That's because the number of countries allowing dual citizenship is on the rise, jumping 75 percent over the past 10 years....
Epiphanies: Shirin Ebadi
I WAS SITTING IN THE COURTHOUSE [after the Islamic Revolution] when an agent from the justice department came and gave me a letter [saying] I was no longer to be a judge. The women of Iran had lost yet another one of their own. WE CAN BE MUSLIM...
Globalization: Forget the Premature Obituaries. to Its Critics, Globalization Is the Cause of Today's Financial Collapse, Growing Inequality, Unfair Trade, and Insecurity. to Its Boosters, It's the Solution to These Problems. What's Not Debatable Is That It Is Here to Stay
"Globalization Is a Casualty Of the Economic Crisis." No. That is, not unless you believe that globalization is mainly about international trade and investment. But it is much more than that, and rumors of its demise--such as Princeton economic...
Inside the Ivory Tower
The walls surrounding the ivory tower have never seemed so high. U.S. President Barack Obama has picked the team of people who will craft his foreign policy, and guess who didn't make the A list? Only most of the experts tasked with explaining the...
Reversal of Fortune: Vladimir Putin's Social Contract Has Been Premised on an Authoritarian State Delivering Rising Incomes and Resurgent Power. but the Economic Crisis Is Unraveling All That. and What Comes Next in Russia Might Be Even Worse
For the Western world, 1929 marked the start of the Great Depression. For the Soviet Union, it was a year that Joseph Stalin called the "Great Break"--the ending of a short spell of semiprivate economic policy and the beginning of the deadly period...
State of War: Mexico's Hillbilly Drug Smugglers Have Morphed into a Raging Insurgency. Violence Claimed More Lives There Last Year Alone Than All the Americans Killed in the War in Iraq. and There's No End in Sight
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What I remember most about my return to Mexico last year are the narcomantas. At least that's what everyone called them: "drug banners." Perhaps a dozen feet long and several feet high, they were hung in parks and plazas around...
Sushinomics: The World's Ravenous Appetite for Sushi Has Taken Its Toll: Fishermen Have Been Able to Keep Up with Seafood Demand Only by Heading to New Shores and Deeper Waters. Unfortunately, We're Rapidly Reaching the Limits of the Seas
What's the Catch? Fishing saw its heyday between 1950 and 1990, but catches leveled off as fish couldn't reproduce fast enough to keep up with fishermen's nets. Today, the number of fish we pull in is actually shrinking. Illegal and unreported fishing,...
The Axis of Upheaval: Forget Iran, Iraq, and North Korea-Bush's "Axis of Evil." as Economic Calamity Meets Political and Social Turmoil, the World's Worst Problems May Come from Countries like Somalia, Russia, and Mexico. and They're Just the Beginning
Seven years ago, in his State of the Union address on Jan. 29, 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush warned of an "axis of evil" that was engaged in assisting terrorists, acquiring weapons of mass destruction, and "arming to threaten the peace of the...
The Difference Is in the Details
Many politicians and economists consider it an unfortunate truth: Economic growth leads to greater economic inequality. But what if this long-held notion is the result of a flawed measurement? According to Branko Milanovic, a lead economist at the...
The FP Quiz
Are you a globalization junkie? Test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works. 1) What percentage of Iraqis are displaced? a) 4 percent b) 11 percent c) 19 percent 2) How many...
The Long Legs of the Crash: 13 Unexpected Consequences of the Financial Crisis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last year had more than its share of vertigo-inducing headlines: major banks suddenly disappearing, the Dow plunging day after day, and billion-dollar bailouts failing to make a dent in the worst financial crisis since the...
The Most Dangerous Place in the World: Somalia Is a State Governed Only by Anarchy. A Graveyard of Foreign-Policy Failures, It Has Known Just Six Months of Peace in the Past Two Decades. Now, as the Country's Endless Chaos Threatens to Engulf an Entire Region, the World Again Simply Watches It Burn
When you land at Mogadishu's international airport, the first form you fill out asks for name, address, and caliber of weapon. Believe it or not, this disaster of a city, the capital of Somalia, still gets a few commercial flights. Some haven't fared...

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