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The Truth Is Out There (In a Library)

Forget WikiLeaks or Google. The state secrets that matter are waiting to be found in dusty file cabinets.

David E. Hoffman |

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Blood or Treasure?

For a president, the real cost of war is dollars, not deaths.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Epiphanies from George Papandreou

The scion of a socialist political dynasty, son of one prime minister and grandson of another, George Papandreou has also inherited the unwelcome task of bringing Greece's sinking economy back from the depths of the Aegean. Here, he explains how Greeks are more stoic than you think, that Europe isn't the problem -- and why markets are not gods.

Benjamin Pauker |

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Strategic Dialogue

It's a long journey from U.S. enemy to ally, but for the last half-century, there has been one sure-fire sign that things are moving in the right direction: holding a "strategic dialogue" in Washington. Think of it as the foreign-policy equivalent of a meeting of mafia dons: There's no love lost, but there's mutual advantage to be won from breaking bread together. These days, though, everyone wants a strategic dialogue -- from close friends to wary adversaries -- and increasingly, they're looking to Beijing.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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The People's Capsule

How a clunky old Soviet rocket outlasted the space shuttle.

Charles Homans |

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How to Be a Middle East Technocrat

A look at the rising class of results-minded bureaucrats who are finding a new way across the Islamic World.

David Kenner |

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Dangerous Weakness

Somalia is the quintessential "failed state" -- and not just because it has topped Foreign Policy's Failed States Index since 2008.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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Location, Location, Location

The curse of distance isn’t going anywhere.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Where Left Means Right

What happens when political parties trend in the other direction?

Joshua E. Keating |

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Epiphanies from Nathan Myhrvold

A theoretical physicist who spent 14 years as Bill Gates's ideas guru at Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold might seem an odd candidate to take up the fight against malaria, long combated with technology no more advanced than bed nets and quinine. Here, he explains why geek power might be exactly what's needed to tackle the scourges of the developing world.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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The Known Unknowns

When U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld referred to the "known unknowns" that remained in Iraq in 2002, he was mocked endlessly -- and those mysterious black holes ended up confounding his administration's project there. Rumsfeld's not the only one to encounter this epistemological puzzle: Known unknowns are everywhere, waiting to trip us up. Here are a few of the most enigmatic.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Bubble Bath

People didn't drown the markets; a bad system did.

Chrystia Freeland |

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Epiphanies: Jacqueline Novogratz

When Jacqueline Novogratz first traveled to Africa in 1986, she meant business -- the serious business of sharing her entrepreneurial know-how with the poor. Now, the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm that works in developing countries, tells FP why she first went abroad and why it's time to end the culture of handouts.  

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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A Saint for Lost Souls

Mexico's increasingly destitute poor are turning to what the U.S. military calls a "death cult" for comfort.

D.E. Campbell |

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The FP Quiz

Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.  

Peter Williams |

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Bomb Scare

The world has a lot of problems. An exploding population isn't one of them.  

Charles Kenny |

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Green Monster

The gas guzzlers at the Pentagon are under orders to get ecofriendly. The impact could be huge.  

Noah Shachtman |

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Food Fights

Some of the world's most bitter conflicts have nothing to do with access to resources, ethnic chauvinism, or the balance of power. Here's a short guide to the planet's fiercest gastronomic controversies.   

Annie Lowrey |

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Brainier Brawn

"Smart power": a brief history

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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Geriatric World

Prepare for the invasion of the centenarians.  

Joshua E. Keating |

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Prize Money

A new study shows the United States is still invested in groundbreaking research.

Andrew Swift |

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Stormy Forecast

How climate change affects trade.

Kayvan Farzaneh |

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Capping It Off

How a concept became an environmental policy catchphrase.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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The Debt Explosion

How the IOUs are stacking up.

Kayvan Farzaneh |

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Border Control

How national borders become natural borders.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Godly Business

The end of the Protestant work ethic.

Davide Cantoni |

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Epiphanies: Paulo Coelho

One of the world's most popular novelists, Coelho has sold more than 100 million books in 150-plus countries. He spoke with FP about growing up in Brazil, the importance of artists today, and how to sell novels in Africa.

David Kenner |

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The FP Quiz

Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.

Kayvan Farzaneh |

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The List: The World's Kissingers

A country's foreign policy is often defined less by its elected leader than its behind-the-scenes operators and elder statesmen. Here are four figures setting the global agenda for the world's emerging powers, just as Henry Kissinger set America's for over 50 years.

Joshua E. Keating |

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Dayton Discord

How the international community failed Bosnia.

Clive Baldwin |