Drugs & Crime


Is the UAE Banning BlackBerrys Because of Israel?

Seven months after it happened, the mysterious assassination of a Hamas operative in Dubai is still causing fallout in the Middle East.

Christian Caryl |


Straight Outta Kandahar

What soldiers fighting the Taliban can learn from cops policing American inner cities.

Gretchen Peters |


Colombia Kicks Over the Negotiating Table

Is President Álvaro Uribe trying to prevent his successor from making peace with Venezuela?

Bernardo Álvarez |

Photo Essay

Blood on the Tracks

Photos from the dangerous journey to El Norte.

Felipe Jácome |


The Truth About Africom

No, the U.S. military is not trying to take over Africa. Here's what we're actually doing.

Robert Moeller |


It’s Too Soon to Congratulate South Africa

The World Cup hosts hunker down for a wave of xenophobic violence.

Susana Ferreira |


Who Tried to Kill Fang Xuanchang?

A chilling attack on a controversial science journalist in Beijing bodes poorly for scientific progress.

Sam Geall |


Fix the Police

One of the most urgent tasks confronting Gen. David Petraeus is also one of the least glamorous: reforming Afghanistan's corrupt and ineffective police.

Ronald E. Neumann |


The Oliver Stone Show

South of the Border is no portrait of Hugo Chávez or the Latin American left; it's about how one U.S. director views the world.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Bank Shot

Nine years after 9/11, getting between extremist groups and their funding remains an uphill struggle.

Christian Caryl |


Help Wanted

Now is no time for the world to go wobbly on Somalia.

Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke |

Photo Essay

Postcards from Hell

Images from the world's most failed states.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Failed States

Watch List

Four countries in big trouble.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Stealing Colombia's Criminals

How extradition is ruining Latin America's courts, robbing victims of justice, and undermining the drug war.

Michael Reed-Hurtado |


Why the Vietnamese Don't Want to Go to Rehab

Drug treatment in Southeast Asia is brutal, exploitative, and practically worthless.

Joe Amon |


We're All Swedes Now

How the world caught up with Stieg Larsson.

Andrew Brown |


Jamaica's Coke Rebellion

U.S. demands for the extradition of a notorious gang leader have exposed an island paradise as a violent narcostate teetering on the edge of chaos.

Ilan Greenberg |


Sri Lanka Rejects War Crimes Accusations

Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris tells FP that an International Crisis Group report accusing his government of intentionally killing civilians is "nebulous" and shrouded in a "veil of secrecy."

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Time to Speak up on Military Abuse in Mexico

When Felipe Calderón comes to Washington this week, his army's troublesome human rights record should be front and center.

José Miguel Vivanco |


Creating New Soldiers in Mexico's Drug War

How U.S. drug policy is making Mexican cartels more deadly.

Marcelo Bergman |


Guinea's Economic Junta

A year and a half after a military coup, Guinea will hold its presidential election in June. The man in charge may change, but the army's domination of lucrative mineral contracts won't.

Dino Mahtani |


Lawyers vs. Pirates

As if catching pirates weren't hard enough, now we have to figure out what to do with them. And no, they can’t all just walk the plank.

J. Peter Pham |


Why Can’t Anyone Stop the LRA?

One of the evilest rebel armies in Africa has been kidnapping children and brutally murdering civilians for 20 years despite constant international efforts to wipe it out. Why?

Michael Wilkerson |


Africa's Cyber WMD

Think that Russia and China pose the biggest hacking threats of our time? The virus-plagued computers in Africa could take the entire world economy offline.

Franz-Stefan Gady |


Dancing for Their Lives

Making an undercover visit to an Iraqi expat nightclub in Syria, where the refugee crisis's illicit economy is on full display.

Deborah Amos |


Iraq's Elected Criminals

Some of the very people involved in kidnapping my father from his home three years ago might be elected to office on Sunday. Iraq can do better.

Ali al-Saffar |


Uribe Checks Out

Washington's most reliable ally in Latin America, the Colombian president, is on his way out. That's a good thing.

Adam Isacson |


China's Hacker Army

The myth of a monolithic Chinese cyberwar is starting to be dismantled. A look inside the teeming, chaotic world that exists instead -- and that may be far more dangerous.

Mara Hvistendahl |


Burma's Oscar Moment

Forget Avatar, The Hurt Locker, and all the rest for a minute. Here's the story of the film that deserves to win big.

Christian Caryl |


A Light at the End of the Tunnel in Congo

Yes, it may look like the worst hell on Earth. But there are signs that the decades-long resource war in Central Africa could be shifting for the better -- if only the West stops bankrolling it.

John Prendergast |