Foreign Policy

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

Articles from No. 222, January-February

Age Boom: Why Now Is the Time to Retire the Idea of Retirement
Remember the Social Security lockbox? It seems a long time ago, doesn't it? Almost quaint. There was good old Al Gore in his first presidential debate against George W. Bush arguing passionately that he had found a way to ensure that America's elderly...
Are Human Rights Just the Window Dressing of Global Oppression?
When former Labour Party leader EAMON GILMORE helped spearhead Ireland's successful national referendum on same-sex marriage, the 2015 Global Thinker hoped the vote might serve as a symbol of progress for queer people in countries where their identities...
Bigly Brother: Donald Trump Has Inherited a Ready-Made Surveillance State. Will He Use It to Impose Absolute Power?
Americans have been warned for decades about the potential consequences of the U.S. surveillance state--the largest, most powerful, and most intrusive in the world--falling into a would-be tyrant's hands. With Donald Trump's inauguration looming, I...
Colombo, Sri Lanka: Arthur Wamanan on Where to Rub Shoulders with Hipsters and Eat Spicy Curries
COLOMBO HAS MORE than earned its reputation for chaos. Sri Lanka is not even a decade removed from a 25-year civil war, during which the capital endured frequent suicide bombings and security forces were ubiquitous, staging raids and blocking roads....
Fishy Business
THE OLD ADAGE is no longer true: There are not plenty of fish in the sea. According to a recent study of ocean stocks, 68 percent of wild fisheries are being harvested at unsustainable rates--though the decline may actually be worse, as the authors...
Here's How a Less Christian Europe, an Looking Aging Population in the West, at and the Empowerment of Women Are You, Going to Shape the Future. 2050
THE 21ST CENTURY is still just a teenager, but we can already forecast with a fair degree of confidence what its demographic profile will look like by 2050. Population growth will have slowed down. Global aging will have risen to unprecedented levels....
Listen to the Voices in Your Head
Schizophrenics and other people with unquiet minds are loeked up, medicated, and stigmatized. Now a radical movement is telling them they might not be sick at all. ONE AFTERNOON ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO, Marty Hadge tentatively stepped outside a two-family,...
Reading in the Dark: In the Age of Trump, Literature Can Sustain Those Searching for the Courage to Resist the Politics
On the eve of World War II, the German writer Bertolt Brecht composed the famous poem "To Those Born After." Brecht addressed himself to a posterity that, he believed, would be unable to understand how it felt to live in a time of acute moral and political...
The Emperor Has No Clothes: Davos Man Once Represented the Inevitable Arc of Global Progress. No Longer
This month, Davos Man will come out to play. January is when the World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its annual conference at a Swiss mountain resort to "improve the state of the world." More than a business meeting for 2,500-plus globetrotting academics,...
The Last White Africans
With 200,000 members, AfriForum is the leading civic organization advocating for the rights of Afrikaners in South Africa. Do the people responsible for apartheid's crimes have a claim to their country's future? IT WAS AN IMAGE OUT OF A BYGONE ERA:...
The Mothers
In the foothills of the Chinese Himalayas, a matriarchy reigns. Straddling Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, Lugu Lake is a home of the Mosuo, an ethnic minority of around 40,000 people. For generations, women like Asa Nuja (left), 69, have been the heads...
The Needle Exchanger: Marta Nascimento
IT'S ALMOST MIDNIGHT when Marta Nascimento strides up to a young sex worker and her john who are loitering in Lisbon's run-down Martim Moniz neighborhood. Nascimento opens her backpack, which is brimming with syringes, aluminum foil, and crack pipes....
The Slave Insurance Market
RECENT PORTRAYALS of American slavery--from 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained to Walter Johnson's River of Dark Dreams and Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton--have emphasized the brutal violence on cotton plantations in the years preceding the Civil...
Women vs. the Machine
In the not-so-distant future, artificial intelligence will be smarter than humans. But as the technology develops, absorbing cultural norms from its creators and the internet, it will also become more intolerant, racist, and sexist. IT STARTED AS...
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