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Argument

What the Hell Should We Do About Syria?

FP asked five smart observers to offer their solutions for the quagmire in Damascus.

Alessandra N Ram |

Argument

Getting Ready for Life after Castro

Managing the transition to a democratic Cuba: A user’s guide.

Jaime Suchlicki |

Argument

Where Democracy Is America’s Second Choice

For Washington, democracy promotion in Yemen continues to take a back seat to the fight against Al-Qaeda.

Francisco Martin-Rayo |

Slide Show

Mogadishu's Moment

The city is making great strides, but 20 years of violence can't be erased in a day.

Slide Show |

Argument

Dear Abu Mazen: End This Farce

An open letter to the Palestinian leader.

Yossi Beilin |

Argument

No Longer Invisible

For better or worse, the Kony 2012 campaign has brought the fugitive warlord to the attention of the world. So what do we do now?

Michael Wilkerson |

Dispatch

In Mexico, An Activist Says Her Farewells

For more than a decade, Norma Andrade has been working to defend Mexico’s women from violence. Now she’s decided to get out.

Larry Kaplow |

Argument

The World According to Ron Paul

Republicans are freaked out about what a libertarian isolationist in the White House would do to American power -- but not all Democrats are.

Michael A. Cohen |

Feature

The Mall of the World

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

Gordon Mathews |

Photo Essay

Tour the South China Sea

A visual guide to understanding the conflict.

Philip Walker |

Special Report

The South China Sea Is the Future of Conflict

The 21st century's defining battleground is going to be on water.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Small Wars

This Week at War: Outsourcing the Drug War

Can U.S. private contractors turn the tide in Mexico's violent drug war?

Robert Haddick |

Slide Show

Here Comes the FARC

The once-dead guerrilla war returns to Colombia.

Slide Show |

Terms of Engagement

Less Is More

Cutting U.S. military aid to Pakistan might be just what the world's most frustrating alliance needs.

James Traub |

Slide Show

Europe's Economic Meltdown: How Did We Get Here?

A look back at the missteps and bailouts, in pictures.

Cameron Abadi |

Argument

Nationalism Rules

It’s the most powerful political force in the world and ignoring it will come at a price.

Stephen M. Walt |

Small Wars

This Week at War: Petraeus's Next Campaign

The new CIA chief will take on the covert war in Pakistan.

Robert Haddick |

Argument

Redrawing the Map

South Sudan may be independent, but new countries are becoming increasingly rare.

Joshua E. Keating |

The List

The World's Most Dangerous Borders

Thirteen places you don't want to be stuck at.

Philip Walker |

Think Again

Think Again: Failed States

On 9/11, the West woke up to the threat posed by failed states. But did we actually understand it?

James Traub |

In Box

Fortress India

Why is Delhi building a new Berlin Wall to keep out its Bangladeshi neighbors?

Scott Carney |

Argument

The Fall of the House of Assad

It's too late for the Syrian regime to save itself.

Robin Yassin-Kassab |

Slide Show

Beijing's Blue-Water Navy

Is China building an empire on the sea?

Philip Walker |

Argument

Blinded by the Right

The GOP's blatantly partisan love for Bibi obscures a dangerous reality: that unwavering support for Israel actually hurts wider U.S. interests in the Middle East.

Michael A. Cohen |

Slide Show

The Arab Spring Comes to Israel

Thousands of Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops during protests marking the anniversary of Israel's founding.

Slide Show |

Terms of Engagement

Khyber Impasse

How long can the United States and Pakistan keep pretending that they actually have any interests in common?

James Traub |

Think Again

Think Again: The Afghan Drug Trade

Why cracking down on Afghanistan's opium business won't help stop the Taliban -- or the United States' own drug problems.

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Jonathan D. Kulick, and Mark A.R. Kleiman |

Photo Essay

Arrival Cities

A look at nine places defining life on the margins for the new century, from Chongqing to California.

Doug Saunders |

Dispatch

West Africa Lurches Toward War

As the world watches the tsunami in Japan and the uprising in Libya, another part of the world is on the brink of disaster. Is anyone paying attention?

Elizabeth Dickinson |

The Optimist

Invasion of the Alien Cattle

Why does the United States allow more foreign cattle to immigrate than it does people?

Charles Kenny |