Special Report

The Sex Issue

When U.S. magazines devote special issues to sex, they are usually of the celebratory variety (see: Esquire, April 2012 edition; Cosmopolitan, every month). Suffice it to say that is not what we had in mind with Foreign Policy's first-ever Sex Issue, which is dedicated instead to the consideration of how and why sex -- in all the various meanings of the word -- matters in shaping the world's politics. Why? In Foreign Policy, the magazine and the subject, sex is too often the missing part of the equation -- the part that the policymakers and journalists talk about with each other, but not with their audiences. And what's the result? Women missing from peace talks and parliaments, sexual abuse and exploitation institutionalized and legalized in too many places on the planet, and a U.S. policy that, whether intentionally or not, all too frequently works to shore up the abusers and perpetuate the marginalization of half of humanity. Women's bodies are the world's battleground, the contested terrain on which politics is played out. We can keep ignoring it. For this one issue, we decided not to.

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  • Why Do They Hate Us?

    Why Do They Hate Us?
    By Mona Eltahawy

  • The Aytollah Under the Bedsheets

    The Aytollah Under the Bedsheets
    By Karim Sadjadpour

  • The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies

    The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies
    By Christina Larson

  • Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

    Seriously, Guys: Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue
    By Melanne Verveer

  • The Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of

    The 25 Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of

  • The FP Survey: Women in Politics

    The FP Survey: Women in Politics

  • The Bedroom State

    The Bedroom State
    By Joshua E. Keating

  • Mad Libs: Sex Edition

    Fill In The Blanks: The Sex Edition

  • More from the issue

    More from the Issue

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Special Report

War Issue

War, as Clausewitz so memorably put it, is the continuation of politics by other means. Strikingly, the United States under its Nobel Peace Prize-winning president has been pursuing war itself by other means over the last few years, a campaign that has blurred the lines of legality and lethality, technology and weaponry, as it has spread from Afghanistan to an ever-widening swath of the planet. Which is why we’ve devoted this, our third annual War Issue, to the question of Barack Obama's Secret Wars. From drones that rain death down on Pakistan’s tribal areas to the collateral damage of a “war on terror” that’s still not over in the Horn of Africa, we may all come to look back on the Obama years as a definitive chapter in the spread of this new way of war.

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  • My Drone War

    My Drone War
    By Pir Zubair Shah

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drones

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drones
    By Micah Zenko

  • The Evolution of Drone Warfare

    The Evolution of Drone Warfare

  • Obama's Secret Wars

    Obama's Secret Wars

  • The Obama Doctrine

    The Obama Doctrine
    By David Rohde

  • Collateral Damage

    Collateral Damage
    By Paul Salopek

  • The Future of War

    The FP Survey: The Future of War

  • Think Again: Cyberwar

    Think Again: Cyberwar
    By Thomas Rid

  • Cyberwar Is Already Upon Us

    Cyberwar Is Already Upon Us
    By John Arquilla

  • The Body Counter

    The Body Counter
    By Tina Rosenberg

  • Madlibs: War Edition

    Mad Libs: War Edition

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