Politics

Interview

'We Are Winning. But There's Always the Threat'

Panama's new president, Juan Carlos Varela, sits down with Foreign Policy to talk crime, immigration, and reestablishing the rule of law in Washington's Central American ally.

Lally Weymouth |

Report

Obama's Islamic State Blame Game

The nation's spies feel that the president is throwing them under the bus -- again.

Shane Harris |

Argument

The Scottish Question Has Not Been Answered

The referendum may have failed, but tens of thousands of people have signed up with pro-yes parties in the week since the vote.    

Peter Geoghegan |

Argument

The Virtues of Modesty

Too often reformers treat progress toward democracy as if it were a matter of all or nothing. Here's a plea for the messy approach.

Brian Levy |

Dispatch

Warsaw's Backbench Steps Forward

The dynamic duo of Donald Tusk and Radoslaw Sikorski turned Poland into a European foreign-policy power player. What happens now that they're gone?

Jan Cienski |

Argument

Putin's Cyberphobia

Afraid for his hold on power, Putin is cracking down on Internet freedom with a flurry of new laws.

Emily Parker |

Argument

Keep It Black

Egypt's government is preparing to domesticate the country's informal economy. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

Rachel Williamson |

Argument

Meet Kim Jong Un's New Nuclear Warriors

What a rising generation of scientists and apparatchiks means for North Korea's nuclear program. 

Michael Madden |

Argument

The Peace Bridge to Nowhere

Changing how peacebuilding organizations measure success could save aid projects that are stuck trying to meet rigid, dated, and increasingly arbitrary goals in conflict zones.

Andrew Blum |

Lab Report

Either With Us or Against Us

As Turkey's ruling party consolidates its power, the space for free expression narrows. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.

Vanessa H. Larson |

Argument

The Fight to Survive

Russia's opposition got crushed in last weekend's local elections. But that didn't exactly come as a surprise.

Natasha Pelevina |

Argument

Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

Brian Klaas |

COLUMN

Hacks and Hired Guns

Are America’s think tanks in hock to the highest bidder?

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

How We Break 25 Years of Stalemate on Climate Change

We have the tools. We have the talent. Here's how we get the politicians to listen up and do something.

Bill McKibben |

COLUMN

If You Want Peace, You Have to Plan for It

How the world is training the next generation of peacebuilders.

Kristin Lord |

Argument

History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

Christian Caryl

Scotland's Tricky Choice

Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

The Ghosts of Beslan

Why the memory of a mass hostage-taking -- and the botched rescue attempt that followed -- continues to haunt Russia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dept Of Secrets

Don't Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.

Newly declassified documents reveal how the Nixon White House looked the other way while Israel built the Middle East’s first nukes.

Avner Cohen |

COLUMN

The Way We Were

Just 20 years ago the United States was a beloved superpower with a solid economy and faced virtually no hostile threats. But that’s all gone to hell.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

This Isn't the Time to Go Wobbly on Slavery

The U.K. government has made a good start on its war on slavery. But it needs to get serious.

Michael Pollitt |

Argument

Congress, What Is It Good For?

When it comes to foreign policy, absolutely nothing.

John Norris |

Christian Caryl

License to Kill

Never underestimate the power of rage.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Barack Obama and the 'Wimp Factor'

Americans think the president lacks "toughness." But does showing strength really matter?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

How Do You Say 'Kingslayer' in Japanese?

Meet the man who could unseat Shinzo Abe in the next election.

Tobias Harris |

Argument

Unhappy Ending

The future is not bright for the leader of Thailand's coup.

Duncan McCargo |

Report

Obama's Mission Impossible

The president is about to present a strategy for destroying the Islamic State. Too bad it can't be done.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Does South Africa Have a Fascism Problem?

An ascendant populist movement is shining a light on government corruption. In response, the ruling ANC is resorting to slurs to remind voters that it is the party of the people.

Martin Plaut |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Fight Against Mooncake Graft Goes Digital

China's anti-corruption campaign trains its sights on online gift-giving. 

Alexa Olesen |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Protests in Egypt; an Amazon warehouse in Germany; and an underwater wedding portrait in Shanghai.

FP Staff |