Disasters

Terms of Engagement

Adapt or Die

Still think climate change is a joke?

James Traub |

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.

Slide Show |

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.

Slide Show |

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 |

Slide Show

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 |