Central Asia

Slide Show

Is It Over Yet?

Haunting photos of a year in the life of the war America is still fighting.

Slide Show |

The List

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013

From Turkey to Congo, next year's wars threaten global stability.

Louise Arbour |

The List

The World War on Christmas

Five places where Santa really does have to watch his back.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |



Why are so many Asian countries run by families?

Isaac Stone Fish |


The Migrant Money Machine

The developed world could make a big difference to the global economy simply by helping migrants to do what comes naturally: send money home.

Peter Passell |


Stop Talking About Civil Society

Using terms like "civil society" is a distraction from the real problems in authoritarian countries. 

Sarah Kendzior |


Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

Cristina Odone |

Slide Show

The Cult

Afghanistan's national hero has started a craze on the streets of Kabul.

Slide Show |

The List

What You Missed While You Were Refreshing Drudge and FiveThirtyEight

A guide to the world news you should get caught up on now that the election is over.

Cara Parks |


Letting Go of 'Loose Nukes'

Relax. It's okay if Russia wants to pay for its own security.

Douglas Birch |


Afghanistan's Gray Future

It's Hamid Karzai's country now, and not everything is black and white.

Haseeb Humayoon |


Bar Nunn

The U.S. and Russia never really cured their nuclear mistrust. And now it's come back.

Jeffrey Lewis |


Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |


The Fifty-Megaton Elephant in the Room

Why aren't America and China talking about their nukes?

Jeffrey Lewis |


Paul Krugman's Baltic Problem

Why is the Nobel Prize-winning economist mocking the countries that have escaped the eurocrisis?

Anders Åslund |


Why China Will Never Have a Wall Street

In good times and bad, Chinese stock markets don’t work. And that's just the way Beijing wants it.

Carl Walter |

The List


Meet the oil barons, fashion divas, and ruling families of Central Asia.

Katherin Machalek |


Militant Reaffirms Role of Pakistan in Mumbai Attacks

U.S. and Indian officials say weeks of interrogating Zabiuddin Ansari yielded new evidence that Pakistani intelligence officers helped plan and direct the 2008 terror onslaught that cost six Americans and 160 others their lives.

Sebastian Rotella |


The Teddy Bear Bombers

Foreign Policy speaks with the Swedish activists who dropped a planeload of stuffed animals into Belarus, Europe's last dictatorship.

Elias Groll |

Slide Show

Weird World of Sports

Fourteen events we'd like to see at the next Olympics.

Hillary Hurd |

Christian Caryl

Talking a Great Game

So far, Washington's pivot to Asia has included a lot of work on security and trade. Democracy, not so much.

Christian Caryl |

Photo Essay

Life Inside Little America in Afghanistan

Photos from a time when tiki bars and afternoons at the pool dominated the lives of Americans in Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran |



Forget the best and brightest. Why did America send its C team to Afghanistan? An exclusive excerpt from the new book Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran |


Who Cares How Many Women Are in Parliament?

There are plenty of good yardsticks for the state of women’s rights around the world. Parliamentary representation isn’t one of them.

Joshua Foust |


The Great Caspian Arms Race

Inside the petro-fueled naval military buildup you've never heard of: It's Russia versus Iran, with three post-Soviet states -- and trillions of dollars in oil -- in the middle.

Joshua Kucera |

Slide Show

The Caspian's New Sea Monsters

The post-Soviet region has begun a high-stakes arms race, fueled by competition for recently discovered oil fields.

Slide Show |


No Country for Armed Men

Pakistan is in such bad shape, even the generals don't want to stage a coup.

Ahmed Rashid |


What to Do About Pakistan

With an "ally" in a state of perpetual dysfunction, it's time for Washington to reconsider its options: containment or benign neglect.

C. Christine Fair |


Putin's Waiting Game

Russia's savvy president isn't trying to start a new Cold War, he's just waiting to see what happens in November.

Andrew S. Weiss |

The List

8 Geographical Pivot Points

From Angola to Yemen, eight countries whose futures are tied up in the land they occupy.

Margaret Slattery |