Anthropology of an Idea

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Third Gender: A Short History

From ancient Greece to modern Pakistan, the political and cultural emergence of a complex, controversial term.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

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Lost in America

How America's favorite Chinese dissident burned bridges at NYU and ended up at a pro-life, anti-gay think tank.

Isaac Stone Fish |

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The Darknet: A Short History

A look at the Internet's lurid underbelly -- your one-stop shop for weapons, drugs, and illegal pornography. 

Ty McCormick |

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Geoengineering: A Short History

How hacking the climate came to be seen as our least worst option for averting a global climate catastrophe.

Ty McCormick |

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Gamification: A Short History

Why everybody, from corporate titans to terrorists, wants to make life more like a game.

Ty McCormick |

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Hacktivism: A Short History

How self-absorbed computer nerds became a powerful force for freedom. 

Ty McCormick |

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Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

Ty McCormick |

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Fiscal Cliff: A Short History

How did the phrase become shorthand for Washington's embrace of budget brinkmanship?

Uri Friedman |

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Big Data: A Short History

How we arrived at a term to describe the potential and peril of today's data deluge.

Uri Friedman |

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Targeted Killings: A Short History

How America came to embrace assassination.

Uri Friedman |

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'American Exceptionalism': A Short History

How did a phrase initially used dismissively by Joseph Stalin become shorthand for who loves America more?

Uri Friedman |

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Smart Sanctions: A Short History

How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.

Uri Friedman |

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The 'Peace Process': A Short History

Chronicling Israel and Palestine's path to becoming a catchphrase.

Uri Friedman |

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Energy Independence: A Short History

A century and a half of an idea whose time has never come.

Charles Homans |

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War Games: A Short History

How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool.

Charles Homans |

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Track II Diplomacy: A Short History

How the left-field idea of diplomacy without diplomats became an essential tool of statecraft.

Charles Homans |

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BRICs: A Short History

How did a Wall Street buzzword coined by Goldman Sachs become a powerful new bloc in world affairs?

Blake Hounshell |

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GDP: a brief history

One stat to rule them all.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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Womenomics

A brief history of women in the workplace.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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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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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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Brainier Brawn

"Smart power": a brief history

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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Capping It Off

How a concept became an environmental policy catchphrase.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

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New Order

How "the multipolar world" came to be.

Elizabeth Dickinson |