The people of the Middle East have paid a steep price to overthrow their dictators.
States don't fail overnight. The seeds of of their destruction are sown deep within their political institutions.
Six of the world's most notable "war hotels," in the words of journalists who spent time cooped up in them.
10 events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2012.
They may not play in Peoria anymore. But these storied American brands are reinventing themselves to sell in Shanghai.
Five places saying "yes, in my backyard" to the nasty stuff that no one else wants.
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.
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.
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.
Diamonds from African countries have been funding guerrilla wars for decades. But they're not the only precious gems with blood on their hands. Here are four more prized resources that are fraught with conflict.
The Islamic Republic's president and supreme leader may be household names, but many of those in charge of the state's atrocities remain largely unknown outside the country. Here are five of the worst.
There's a new global space race on, as countries spend billions to join the nine that have successfully launched rockets into orbit. Here's a look at four of the contenders.
The Great Recession has shattered New York City’s financial district, which is projected to lose 46,000 jobs and up to $70 billion by 2010. But how have the world’s other Wall Streets fared?