Drugs & Crime

Argument

Fail, Britannia

How did the country that taught the world good governance become so corrupt?

Chandrashekhar Krishnan |

Slide Show

Here Comes the FARC

The once-dead guerrilla war returns to Colombia.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

Rumble in the Jungle

In Colombia, FARC operations are on the rise as the guerrilla movement changes strategy and returns to its insurgent roots.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Interview

Norway's 9/11?

Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of Norway's Peace Research Institute Oslo, explains why the Norwegian capital might have been on a terrorist's shortlist of potential targets.

Charles Homans |

Argument

In Defense of Hacks

Britain's press is sensationalistic, sloppy, and scandal-prone -- and America would be lucky to have one like it.

Toby Harnden |

Feature

Assassin Nation

After more than three decades of targeted killings, is there anyone left alive who can actually run Afghanistan?

Edward Girardet |

Dispatch

Who Killed Ahmed Wali Karzai?

The Taliban is taking credit for assassinating the Afghan president's powerful brother. But a personal feud seems more likely.

Matthieu Aikins |

Argument

Don't Be Evil

What Google doesn't get about violent extremism -- and how it can do better.

William McCants |

Dispatch

Legalizing Drugs Won't Stop Mexico's Brutal Cartels

Like all good multinational businesses, they've diversified.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Letters

Marketing a 'Miracle'

Has Medellín's resurgence been oversold?

Passport Administrator |

Argument

The Rise of the Red Market

How the best intentions of the medical community accidentally created an international organ-trafficking underground.

Scott Carney |

Interview

Interview: Álvaro Uribe

Colombia's former president tells FP how his country came back from the brink, why he's staying in politics, and why it's dangerous (but worth it) to be on Twitter.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Photo Essay

Blood and Gold

Welcome to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the warzone that helps make your iPhone.

Photo Essay |

The Optimist

Show Me Everything But the Money

Why we should spend less time worrying about what people in developing countries think about government corruption, and more time looking at everything else.

Charles Kenny |

Slide Show

Comeback City

From narco-ville to architectural miracle, a look at the evolution of Colombia's notorious Medellín.

Slide Show |

Argument

The Prisoners' Dilemma

Does WikiLeaks' newest document dump tell us anything we don't know about Guantánamo, or is it just another reminder that the United States' least worst place is now its most intractable legal problem? FP asked four experts on military law and interrogation to weigh in on the Gitmo papers.

Charles Homans |

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 |

The List

WikiLosers

Julian Assange said WikiLeaks would change the world. At the very least, it changed these people's lives forever.

Charles Homans |

Feature

Spy Games

Why Pakistan let CIA contractor Raymond Davis go.

Scott Horton |

Argument

Harvard for Tyrants

How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys.

Douglas Farah |

Sword or Samovar

Islamists on Trial

On a monthlong trip through Russia's bloody southern republics, our correspondent visits a nearly deserted courtroom looking for hints as to why the violence here has taken on a new level of viciousness.

Tom Parfitt |

Slide Show

Solitary Man

An FP slide show of Hamid Karzai's tumultuous nine years as president of Afghanistan.

Slide Show |

The LWOT

The LWOT: House, on second try, passes Patriot Act extension; American linked to 7/7 bomber released from U.S. prison

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Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Gimme Shelter

Why is Hosni Mubarak clinging to power? Maybe because the life of an exiled dictator isn't what it used to be.

Scott Horton |

Slide Show

Next Year's Wars

The 16 brewing conflicts to watch for in 2011.

International Crisis Group |

Photo Essay

The Things They Carried

Scenes from the illegal wildlife trade.

Photo Essay |

Backstory

The Serpent King

How a notorious Malaysian wildlife smuggler was brought to justice -- and what it tells us about stopping the world's most profitable black market.

Bryan Christy |

Photo Essay

Year of the Dead

With nearly twice as many killings as last year and violence spreading across the country, 2010 was the worst year on record for Mexico's hyperbrutal drug war.

Photo Essay |

Argument

Mexico's Forever War

Four years into Mexican President Felipe Calderón's assault on the drug cartels, all his country has to show for it is skyrocketing violence. It's time for a different strategy.

Kevin Casas-Zamora |

The LWOT

The LWOT: Sweden looks for accomplices in suicide bombing; Abdulmutallab hit with more charges

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Andrew Lebovich |