Disasters

Argument

Syria's Battle Royale

The struggle for Damascus looks poised to transform this bloody conflict.

Emile Hokayem |

Feature

Doomsday Preppers

At a new center in Cambridge, a philosopher, an astronomer, and a software pioneer are looking for ways to save humanity from itself.

Joshua E. Keating |

The List

Over the Horizon

Five unlikely but extremely destabilizing global crises that Obama must prepare for now.

Martin Indyk |

Feature

Subsidizing Starvation

How American tax dollars are keeping Arkansas rice growers fat on the farm and starving millions of Haitians.

Maura R. O’Connor |

Argument

No Surrender

The Syrian president’s speech at the Damascus Opera House shows that he still thinks he can win this war.

Emile Hokayem |

Feature

Eve of Disaster

Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War.

Charles Emmerson |

Special Report

Rebel Country

Waiting out the coup in Mali.

Peter Chilson |

In Box

The Baby Menace

Are we too worried about falling fertility rates?

Joshua E. Keating |

In Other Words

The Disappeared

Even the Soviet Union eventually acknowledged Stalin's Great Famine. Why does China still hide evidence of its own mass starvation under Mao?

Frank Dikötter |

Argument

Let Them Eat Grass

What do Weibots think about China's Great Famine?

Murong Xuecun |

The List

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013

From Turkey to Congo, next year's wars threaten global stability.

Louise Arbour |

Dispatch

Waiting for the Rain

In the impenetrable Dogon highlands of Mali, the storm of war is coming.

Peter Chilson |

The List

4 Digital Threats to Worry About

From hacktivism to cyberwarfare, the dangers that define the digital age.

Eugene Kaspersky |

Argument

Overdone Turkey

The hype about Ankara as a regional leader is way overblown.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

Still Think Middle East Peace Doesn't Matter?

Gaza's radiating instability proves once again that Palestine is at the center of the region's problems.

Steven A. Cook |

Argument

A Pillar of Problems

Eight questions about the Israel-Gaza conflict we still don't have a good handle on.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Throwing Rice

Barack Obama was right to defend Susan Rice from the GOP attacks. She's got the chops to be secretary of state.

Sean Kay |

Argument

The Peace Process Isn't Dead

The brewing war in Gaza shows why the United States must make a renewed effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.

Daniel Kurtzer |

Argument

You Can't Go Home Again

Soldiers aren’t the only veterans of war.

Phil Zabriskie |

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 |