Anthropology of an Idea
From ancient Greece to modern Pakistan, the political and cultural emergence of a complex, controversial term.
How America's favorite Chinese dissident burned bridges at NYU and ended up at a pro-life, anti-gay think tank.
A look at the Internet's lurid underbelly -- your one-stop shop for weapons, drugs, and illegal pornography.
How hacking the climate came to be seen as our least worst option for averting a global climate catastrophe.
Why everybody, from corporate titans to terrorists, wants to make life more like a game.
How self-absorbed computer nerds became a powerful force for freedom.
How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.
How did the phrase become shorthand for Washington's embrace of budget brinkmanship?
How we arrived at a term to describe the potential and peril of today's data deluge.
How did a phrase initially used dismissively by Joseph Stalin become shorthand for who loves America more?
How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.
Chronicling Israel and Palestine's path to becoming a catchphrase.
A century and a half of an idea whose time has never come.
How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool.
How the left-field idea of diplomacy without diplomats became an essential tool of statecraft.
How did a Wall Street buzzword coined by Goldman Sachs become a powerful new bloc in world affairs?
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.
Somalia is the quintessential "failed state" -- and not just because it has topped Foreign Policy's Failed States Index since 2008.