Foreign Policy

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

Articles from No. 206, May-June

Arctic Sovereignty
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOEL KIMMEL It's been called the new "Great Game," but the 21st-century "cold rush" to the Arctic actually began more than 100 years ago. Ever since the first explorers trudged north in search of the Earth's axis, coastal nations...
Can an American Soldier Ever Die in Vain? What Shakespeare, Lincoln, and Lone Survivor Teach Us about the Danger of Refusing to Confront Futility in War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I FIRST READ SHAKESPEARE'S Richard n in college, where I also watched my first war: Operation Desert Storm. The play depicts a battle between the language of power and the violent thing itself. Violence wins. A king armed...
Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Resetting America's Military
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today's U.S. military is the product of history--not of the missions and threats it now faces. American forces are hampered by overlapping roles and missions, arcane organizational structures, Cold War platforms and programs,...
Finding Fingerspitzengefuhl
American troops are out of Iraq, they're coming home from Afghanistan, and last year the commander in chief declared the "global war on terror" over--or at least not-so-global. You would think that after well over a decade of constant fighting--and...
FP Guide: Global Business Education
In today's global economy, business and international affairs are more intertwined than ever. "It is incredibly important to incorporate business and economics in addressing global challenges," observes Bhaskar Chakravorti, director of the Institute...
Hank Paulson: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What is happening to the Chinese economy? After averaging roughly 10 percent annually for three decades, the pace of GDP growth began to slow in 2012--and may drop into the low single digits in a few years. Pessimists say...
Law & Order: Rogue States Unit
Despite its recent efforts at negotiation, the United States traditionally has been more confrontational in its approach to Iran than European countries, which have urged closer ties with Tehran. What explains the difference? In 2002, scholar Robert...
Portrait of the Army as a Work in Progress
THE SERVICE'S PLAN TO REVAMP ITSELF FOR THE POST-POST-9/11 WORLD IS AMBIGUOUS AND RIFE WITH CONTRADICTION, THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT BRILLIANT. IT'S RAINING IN THE KUWAITI DESERT. IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO RAIN HERE, AND THE DOWNPOUR IS SNARLING TRAFFIC,...
Poverty: Not a Crime, but in Our DNA
In the long-running nature-versus-nurture debate, genes and chromosomes have been seen as ammunition for the nature camp: unchanging templates that determine whether we have red hair or can hit a jump shot. But over the past few years, research has...
Putin's Empire of the Mind: How Russia's President Morphed from Realist to Ideologue-And What He'll Do Next
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A SPECTER IS HAUNTING Europe, the specter of Russian imperialism. When Vladimir Putin first came to power in 1999, he talked ideologically but acted rationally. He listened to a range of opinions, from liberal economist...
Target:? the United States Has Spent $1 Billion on a Weapon That Has No Mission. and Started an Arms Race with China in the Process
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 1961, AS SPACE FEVER SWEPT AMERICA, A FICTIONAL ASTRONAUT NAMED MIKE MARS MADE HIS FIRST APPEARANCE. OVER THE COURSE OF EIGHT BOOKS, THE MILK-DRINKING AIR FORCE PILOT DOES PRETTY MUCH WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT: HE DEFEATS HIS...
The Dinosaur Hunter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Robert DePalma, a paleontologist and curator for the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History in Florida, has led expeditions all over the Americas, including in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Haiti, and Costa Rica....
The Looming Robotics Gap: Why America's Global Dominance in Military Technology Is Starting to Crumble
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the summer of 2013, the X-47B--an experimental, bat-winged, unmanned aerial vehicle--flew over the Virginia coast, dove toward a 1,000-foot-long steel landing pad, then rolled to o stop on the USS George H.W. Bush without...
'The State Doesn't Exist for You'
Israel says it wants to lift its Bedouin citizens out of poverty. But it keeps demolishing their villages. SDEROT, ISRAEL -- Awad Abu Freih says that the Israeli government has demolished his village, al-Araqib, some 60 times over the last five...
Think Again: Megacities
"Megacities Pose the Most Dire Development Crisis of the 21st Century." WRONG. TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO, JUST 3 PERCENT OF the world's population lived in cities. Today, cities hold more than half of all people on Earth. The number of urban residents...
Washington's Sleeping Sickness
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the seat of American power, power spends most of its time on its seat. That's because, as Henry Kissinger once observed, the greatest force at work in America's capital is inertia. It handily trumps partisanship and...
Watch Yourself Clean
Different cultures have long recognized the transcendent power of ritual hand-washing. From Shintoism to Judaism to Hinduism to Islam, major religious traditions require hand-washing before certain meals or prayers to ensure clean palms--and a pure...
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