The Big Think Behind the Arab Spring

Do the Middle East's revolutions have a unifying ideology?

Marc Lynch |


Does Facebook Have a Foreign Policy?

The social networking giant has the power to change the world for the better. But does it want to?

David Kirkpatrick |


A History of (Non)Violence

Why humans are becoming more peaceful.

Steven Pinker |


John Stuart Mill, Dead Thinker of the Year

The 19th century thinker still has much to teach us on liberty.

Robert D. Kaplan |


6 Ideas for the Ash Heap of History

The just-plain-wrong notions that (hopefully) bit the dust this year.

Tyler Cowen |


Global Thinkers, Fill in the Blanks

The world's smartest people tell us what to think about Barack Obama, the Arab Spring, and the dizzying events of 2011.

Suzanne Merkelson |


The Global Thinker Twitterati

A who's who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2011. 

Russell Tepper |


The Mall of the World

What a Hong Kong shopping complex tells us about the true nature of globalization.

Gordon Mathews |


Politics Stops at the Water's Edge

After two foreign-policy debates, we still have no idea what most Republican presidential candidates would do about the actual issues facing America abroad.

Michael Cohen |


Crunching the Numbers on the GOP Candidates

What the polls tell us about the Republican candidates on foreign policy.

Scott Clement |


The Grim Toll of Syria’s Violence

Syria is entering the bloodiest phase yet of its eight-month-old uprising. But is the death toll enough to bring down President Bashar al-Assad?

David Kenner |


Ayatollah for a Day

I war-gamed an Israeli strike on Iran -- and it got ugly.

Karim Sadjadpour |


The End of the Innocents

How America's longtime man in Southeast Asia, Jim Thompson, fought to stop the CIA's progression from a small spy ring to a large paramilitary agency -- and was never seen again.

Joshua Kurlantzick |


Plan Afghanistan

Why the Colombia model -- even if it means drug war and armed rebellion -- is the best chance for U.S. success in Central Asia.

Paul Wolfowitz |


What Does Siri Know About the World?

We asked the iPhone 4S's personal assistant, Siri, some of the toughest questions in international politics. At least she knows more than Herman Cain.

Joshua E. Keating |


U.N. Rips Iran's Human Rights Record in New Report

An important reminder that the Islamic Republic's greatest victims are its own citizens.

Barbara Slavin |


The World According to the GOP

What do the 2012 Republican candidates have to say about foreign policy?

Joshua E. Keating |


America at Dusk

FP asked a panel of writers from around the world to tell us what the United States is doing wrong. We got an earful.

Passport Administrator |


America's Pacific Century

The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.

Hillary Clinton |


The Myth of American Exceptionalism

The idea that the United States is uniquely virtuous may be comforting to Americans. Too bad it's not true.

Stephen M. Walt |


America Really Was That Great

… But that doesn't mean we are now.

Thomas L. Friedman |


The Elephants in the Room

Barack Obama's Republican challengers haven't thought very deeply about foreign policy. It shows.

James Traub |


Napoleon's Curse

The illusion of omnipotence has exhausted America and spoiled its allies.

Ian Buruma |


First Time's a Charm

Why America should ditch the two-term presidency.

Sunil Khilnani |


A Hummer in Every Driveway

Americans use more energy per capita than any other country, and have nothing to show for it.

Vaclav Smil |


The Perils of Loose Living

For decades, Americans have looked to monetary policy as an engine of economic growth -- and suffered the dire consequences.

Heleen Mees |


Cashing Out

America's status as the world's banker has shielded it from harsh economic realities for more than half a century. Not anymore.

Fan Gang |


Left Behind

Americans created the knowledge economy. So why can't they keep up with it anymore?

Mishaal al Gergawi |