Foreign Policy

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Articles from No. 170, January-February

An Intellectual Bailout: We Must Add Another Field to the List of Those in Need of Rescuing-Economics Itself
The financial crisis has killed the claim that economics deserves to be treated as a science. The measure of a science is its capacity to explain, predict, and prescribe. And most economists not only failed to anticipate the nature and evolution of...
An Rx for Chinese Health
For decades, China has been content to let the invisible hand of the market work its magic on the country's economy. But there's one area where the government wants to reassert state control: healthcare. The government recently developed a strategy...
Climate Change: Act Now, We're Told, If We Want to Save the Planet from a Climate Catastrophe. Trouble Is, It Might Be Too Late. the Science Is Settled, and the Damage Has Already Begun. the Only Question Now Is Whether We Will Stop Playing Political Games and Embrace the Few Imperfect Options We Have Left
"Scientists Are Divided" No, they're not. In the early years of the global warming debate, there was great controversy over whether the planet was warming, whether humans were the cause, and whether it would be a significant problem. That debate...
Epiphanies: Tony Blair
I WENT TO SEE Gen. [Pervez] Musharraf in Islamabad about four years ago. I remember going into his room, just the two of us. We were trying to get Pakistan's help in the war against terrorism. And I said to him, 'So, what can we do to help you?' And...
Faith in the Market: The Champions of Islamic Finance-Banking and Investing Based on the Koran-Believe That If Islamic Principles Had Been Applied to Wall Street, the Global Economic Crisis Never Would Have Happened. the Handful of Men Who Decide Which Mortgages, Car Loans, and Credit Cards Are Spiritually Sound Are Cashing in. but Critics Smell a Con
Amid the worst economic crisis in nearly a century, Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo sells peace of mind. A slim convert who is the product of both a Massachusetts prep school and a Karachi madrasa, DeLorenzo issues pronouncements on the spiritual soundness of...
Five Economists Whose Prophetic Warnings Went Unheeded Preview the Next Stage of the Global Financial Crisis. They Tell Us: The Worst Is Yet to Come
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NOURIEL ROUBINI Warning: More Doom Ahead Last year's worst-case scenarios came true. The global financial pandemic that I and others had warned about is now upon us. But we are still only in the early stages of this...
Food Fight
Eric Werker ("Power to the People," November/December 2008) accuses aid agencies of adopting a paternalistic approach that includes "dumping" imported food in poor countries. He is firing at the wrong target. In fact, a number of humanitarian organizations...
Grand Theft Solar
Lincoln Dahl, managing director of a company that markets alternative energies to African businesses, recently stepped into a used solar panel shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He had come in to scope out his competition's wares. A few of the shop's...
India's New Deal
On a recent morning in a village in eastern India, Hirya Devi, a railthin woman in a tangerine sari, told a crowd of a few hundred poor laborers how she came to participate in the largest employment program in human history. For two months last year,...
Neighborhood Watch
When a rush of violence broke out last January after Kenya s presidential election, many wondered why it was so unexpected. Electoral rigging set off the attacks, but surely tensions simmered before. Could Kenya have seen the outburst coming and perhaps...
On the Future
FP's new section, The Early Read, will highlight upcoming new books with big ideas. In this inaugural edition, we examine a few picks from the reliable crop of books about the future that appears every new year. These take a slightly longer view, with...
Our Change, His Challenge
What if he can't? In the weeks after Barack Obama's historic win, it's a question that seemed even downright impertinent to ask. As the world celebrated the sheer improbability of the young, new American president's rise--and his stirring promises...
Picture (Im)perfect
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A picture may be worth a thousand words. But, as it turns out, it takes almost 100 million pictures to make a map. The inventive engineers at Flickr--a popular Web site that allows users to upload and share photos online--have...
Speaking the Gospel
John Allen ("Think Again: The Catholic Church," November/December 2008) makes a number of provocative arguments in addressing popular myths about Catholicism. Three of his observations, in particular, warrant more attention from international policymakers....
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 After the United States and India, which country has the world's largest film industry? (A) Britain (B) Brazil C Nigeria [ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] 2 Other than the United States, how many countries use the U.S. dollar as their official...
The General's Next War
As America's most famous warrior-scholar looks to export his Big Ideas about fighting wars from Iraq to the arguably even tougher battlefield of Afghanistan, FP's executive editor, Susan Glasser, spoke with him in the Pentagon days after he took over...
The Making of George W. Obama: The 2008 U.S. Election Was All about Change. but That's Not What We're Going to Get on Foreign Policy, Says the Longtime Speechwriter for Condoleezza Rice. Instead of a Radical Departure from Bush, We're Likely to End Up with a Lot More of the Same. and That May Be Just What We Need
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On December 1, Barack Obama, who won the U.S. presidency as the candidate of "change," announced his national security team: President George W. Bush's secretary of defense (Robert Gates), Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's...
The Nuclear Option
After a decades-long slowdown, nuclear power once again dominates the global energy debate. Dozens of countries are vying to join the nuclear power club and hundreds of new reactors are on the drawing board. But despite the hype, it will not be the...
The Other Housing Crisis: Why Can't Israel and the Palestinians Make Peace? There Are Many Complicated Reasons, but the Facts on the Ground Point to a Simple Answer: It's the Settlements, Stupid
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Each time I drive out of Jerusalem into the West Bank, it strikes me: The hills are changing. Israeli settlements are redrawing the landscape--daily, insistently. While governments change, while diplomatic conversations murmur...
The Think Tank Index: It's No Accident That Barack Obama Plucked His Transition Chief from a Think Tank. the World's Idea Factories Are Charged with Brainstorming Solutions to Everything from Global Warming to Wall Street's Implosion to the War on Terror. in the First Index of Its Kind, FP Ranks the World's Best Think Tanks
In Washington, it's not for nothing that think tanks are called "governments in waiting." Presidents seek them out because they are critical to the global ideas industry. Far more than simply churning out endless papers, think tank wonks generate and...
The U.S. Army * Marine Corps: Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition: Two Years Ago, a Controversial Military Manual Rewrote U.S. Strategy in Iraq. Now, the Doctrine's Simple, Powerful-Even Radical-Tenets Must Be Applied to the Far Different and Neglected Conflict in Afghanistan. Plus, David Petraeus Talks to FP about How to Win a Losing War
For the past five years, the fight in Afghanistan has been hobbled by strategic drift, conflicting tactics, and too few troops. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, got it right when he bluntly told the U.S. Congress in 2007,...
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