Disasters

Slide Show

One Storm Away

10 major world cities that could end up underwater.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

We Are All Venetians Now

Are the world's major cities ready for the rising waters and freak storms of tomorrow?

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

Meet Sandy, the Game Changer

This storm could upend American politics -- if we're lucky.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Do Ceasefires Ever Work?

Why the tenuous Syrian truce could end up being a step back for peace.

Page Fortna |

Argument

Caught in the Crossfire

If the United States wants to save Lebanon, it should get off the sidelines and help topple Bashar al-Assad's bloody dictatorship.

Firas Maksad |

Slide Show

Aleppo Burns

While the United States offers "non-lethal aid," the destruction of Syria's largest city continues.

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Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

Yes, it's true: Military involvement in Syria has its risks. But the costs of non-intervention are growing by the day.

Mark N. Katz |

Argument

Bucking the Odds in North Korea

Why Kim Jong Un might just dare to be different.

Jay Ulfelder |

Letters

Failed States Index

The troubling ambiguity of FP's rankings. Plus: Finland comes in last for once.

Adrienne Klasa |

Argument

Burma's Lost Boys

The government in Burma is promising to clean up its act. But the army is still recruiting child soldiers.

Patrick Bodenham |

Christian Caryl

Local Bloodshed, Global Headache

Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Angry Lightweight

What's worse than not having a coherent foreign policy? Mouthing off about it.

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

In Beijing, a Flood of Complaints

As the Chinese capital cleans up from deadly floods, the country's netizens take to social media to blame officials.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Slide Show

Beijing Underwater

The capital's worst rainfall in 60 years caused massive floods and destruction.

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Slide Show

The Russian Floods

After torrential rains brought deadly flash floods, the unprepared and devastated residents of Krymsk are struggling to recover.

Slide Show |

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The World in Photos This Week

Scientists discover the Higgs boson, fireworks around the globe, and refugees flee to South Sudan.

Slide Show |

Argument

Burma's Misled Righteous

How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military

Francis Wade |

Argument

Debating the Failed States Index

Was this year's ranking of the world's most fragile states on target? Five countries respond.

Adrienne Klasa |

Slide Show

The Martyrdom of Al Qusayr

Images from photojournalist Robert King’s recent visit to a Syrian community under siege.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

"The Wounded Will Be Killed"

An American photojournalist describes what he saw during the month he spent in a Syrian village under siege.

Robert King |

Argument

Stay Out of Syria

Foreign intervention to topple Bashar al-Assad's bloody regime risks a fiasco on par with Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joshua Landis |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

An  ex-president is convicted, England celebrates, and Angela Merkel feeds a penguin.

Slide Show |

The List

5 World Events That Could Swing the U.S. Election

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are slugging it out over the economy, but the world may have a trick or two up its sleeve.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

Predators for Peace

Drones have revolutionized war. Why not let them deliver aid?

Jack C. Chow |

Letters

Trust But Verify

How important is representative data in human rights work?

Allison Good |

Slide Show

Disasters on the Seven Seas

The last century's most harrowing cruise ship catastrophes.

Slide Show |

Argument

Treacherous Waters

The latest bad publicity for the global cruise industry is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ross A. Klein |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Obama takes a basketball break with buddy David Cameron, Japan marks the earthquake anniversary, and a couple of bridges take a beating.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Let's Stop Miscasting Africans

Africans are way past the victim thing -- but Westerners don't seem to be there yet. A tale of two films.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Japan's Nuclear Cabal

Japan's public is squarely against going back to nuclear power. So why is the government pushing so hard to get the country's nuclear plants back online?

Nobuo Fukuda |