International Organizations

Christian Caryl

Rude Awakening

Promoting democracy in places like Egypt or Iraq is about changing the status quo. So why are we so surprised when it turns out that not everyone is in favor?

Christian Caryl |


The Odd Couple

Iran and al Qaeda might seem like strange bedfellows. But their relationship goes back years.

Daniel Byman |


Hard Times in Hebron

Can the thriving Palestinian economy survive as millions of U.S. aid dollars slow to a trickle?

Jackie Spinner |


Girl Power and the Fragility Trap

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |


Nothing to Celebrate

Think 2011 was a bad year for Europe? 2012 could be a whole lot worse -- if EU leaders don't get serious and deal with these 6 problems.

Charles Grant |

Deep Dive Briefing

A Watchful Eye

Promises of fiscal discipline by European countries could prove empty without effective surveillance from the International Monetary Fund. Here's how to make sure they don't slip.

Martin S. Edwards |


Crackdown in Cairo

Why is Egypt's military shutting down NGOs? I thought we had a revolution.

Sarah Carr |


The World According to Ron Paul

Republicans are freaked out about what a libertarian isolationist in the White House would do to American power -- but not all Democrats are.

Michael A. Cohen |

The Optimist

Doing More with Less

Dwindling funding for the global fight against AIDS doesn't mean the battle is lost -- but it does mean we have to think about what we're getting for our money.

Charles Kenny |

Terms of Engagement

Continental Divide

Do Europeans believe in the European Union enough to save it?

James Traub |

Terms of Engagement

The Nuclear Options

Barack Obama's Iran policy is frustrating, slow-moving, and fraught with uncertainty. But have you taken a look at the alternatives?

James Traub |


20 Things the G-20 Could Have Done -- But Didn't

As the Cannes caucus begins, here's what would have saved the world economy -- and Barack Obama's job.

David Rothkopf |


Outside the Law

From flawed beginning to bloody end, the NATO intervention in Libya made a mockery of international law.

Eric A. Posner |


The Man Who Knew Too Much

Libyans may be celebrating the killing of Muammar al-Qaddafi, but you'd better believe that Western governments are breathing a sigh of relief themselves.

David Rieff |


Did Qaddafi's End Justify the Means?

How Libya changed the face of humanitarian intervention -- an FP roundtable.

Charles Homans |


U.N. Rips Iran's Human Rights Record in New Report

An important reminder that the Islamic Republic's greatest victims are its own citizens.

Barbara Slavin |


Twilight of the Wise Man

The 2012 election may well mark the last gasp of the Republican foreign-policy establishment. But what’s more remarkable is that it lasted as long as it did.

Jacob Heilbrunn |

The List

The Price of Failure

How much has the collapse of Somalia cost the world? $55 billion -- and here's where it went.

John Norris |

Photo Essay

South Africa's Dictator Dance

South Africa was once celebrated as a champion for human rights. So why are Mandela's heirs engaging with some of the world's most dubious characters?

Suzanne Merkelson |


Atomic Dogs

Why can't the world's nuclear energy watchdog do anything about Fukushima or Iran's weapons program? I went to find out.

Konstantin Kakaes |


Doha Is Dead

But do we really need multilateral institutions anymore to kick-start international trade?

Lawrence Herman |


Bank Shot

The eurozone's banking crisis is on the verge of becoming a global economic catastrophe. But do the economic heavyweights meeting in Washington this week know what to do about it?

Mohamed A. El-Erian |


Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed

Palestine may be fragmented. But let's remember whose fault that is.

Mouin Rabbani |


Humpty Dumpty Palestine

Even if the United Nations grants Palestine statehood this September, it's far from looking -- or acting -- like a real, functioning state.

Aaron David Miller |


Train Wreck in Turtle Bay

Palestinian leaders are headed for a dangerous confrontation at the U.N. that will only leave everyone worse off. Can anyone stop this runaway train?

Ziad J. Asali |

Deep Dive

The Icarus Zone

Never before has a monetary union been so full of anticipation and hype. Should we have known that the euro would buckle?

David Marsh |

Deep Dive

An Exorbitant Burden

Why keeping the dollar as the world's reserve currency is a massive drag on the struggling U.S. economy.

Michael Pettis |

Deep Dive

The Buck Stays Here

Why the dollar isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Daniel W. Drezner |

Deep Dive

Dreaming of SDRs

Why the IMF's long dreamed-of Special Drawing Rights will always be the currency of the future.

David Bosco |

Deep Dive

The Multilateral Vacuum

If Washington can't get the Chinese to revalue their currency, can international institutions be of any help?

Phil Levy |