United Nations

Interview

When Women's Day Is a Thing of the Past

Talking to the head of U.N. Women about what a true post-feminist world would look like.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Terms of Engagement

Slash and Burn

Congressional Republicans are bent on all but eliminating the U.S. government's foreign aid budget. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates may be the only one who can stop them.

James Traub |

Terms of Engagement

The Rest of the Story

Al Jazeera's Palestine Papers have been a PR disaster for the Palestinian Authority. But it's Israel's American supporters who really need to read them.

James Traub |

Argument

Can the Nuclear Talks With Iran Be Saved?

Perhaps not, but here's a proposal worth trying.

Olli Heinonen |

The Optimist

After the Break Up

Sudan has 99 problems, but secession isn't one.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

Case Closed

Lebanon's Christian community has lost faith in the court established to prosecute the killers of the country's former premier. That's good news for Hezbollah, and bad news for the United States and its allies.

David Pollock |

Terms of Engagement

Africa's Hour

Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to give up power isn't just a crisis for the Ivory Coast -- it's a moment of truth for the whole continent.

James Traub |

Dispatch

Obama's Other War

Can Barack Obama really defeat Central Africa's worst guerrilla warlord?

Joe Bavier |

Profile

Le President, C'est Moi

Ivory Coast's president is making a desperate stand to keep his job -- but will his move just mean more misery for a country that's already seen enough?

John James |

Terms of Engagement

Two States, No Solutions

Barack Obama says the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is a threat to the United States' national security. But is he acting like it is?

James Traub |

The List

Fool's Gold

China's Confucius Peace Prize isn't the only bogus award out there. An FP list of the world's most laughable humanitarian honors.

Mohammad Sagha |

Argument

A Palestinian State Means War

Why Abbas shouldn't go unilateral.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Is the WHO Becoming Irrelevant?

Why the world's premier public health organization must change or die.

Jack C. Chow |

Terms of Engagement

The Land of No Good Options

The WikiLeaks cables show a U.S. diplomatic corps adept at diagnosing the big problems of American foreign policy -- and a country hopeless at solving them.

James Traub |

Interview

Bringing Back Rule of Law

Louise Arbour, CEO of the International Crisis Group and Global Thinker No. 71, spoke with Foreign Policy's Susan Glasser about WikiLeaks and the future of international human rights law. Excerpts:

Susan Glasser |

Feature

How's That New World Order Working Out?

The multipolar moment has arrived -- and it's nothing like Americans imagined.

Parag Khanna |

Interview

Mr. 'Zero Problems'

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sat down with Foreign Policy's managing editor Blake Hounshell in Doha, Qatar, this fall to discuss his side of the Iran-Brazil-Turkey triangle. Edited excerpts follow. $(document).ready(function() { $("#thinkers-nav").insertBefore("#tool-bar"); $("#thinkers-nav").show(); });

Blake Hounshell |

The List

Delusion Points

Don't fall for the nostalgia -- George W. Bush's foreign policy really was that bad.

Stephen M. Walt |

Terms of Engagement

A New 'New Beginning'

What Barack Obama should tell the world in his Asia speech.

James Traub |

Document

New U.N. Report Reveals a Smarter, Healthier -- Yet More Unequal -- World

On the 20th anniversary of the world's most in-depth country ranking, the U.N. Human Development Index finds that global progress is largely on track. But those left behind are more numerous than ever.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Terms of Engagement

How Lebanon Was Lost

A former U.S. ally under Bush's Freedom Agenda, the country is now being neglected in the name of "engagement" with Syria -- and the results could be disastrous.

James Traub |

Photo Essay

The Turtle Bay Runway

The lights may have gone out at this year's U.N. General Assembly, but it's the glittering fashions -- even more than the orations -- that keep on shining.

Colum Lynch |

The List

The Son Also Rises

On Sept. 27, Kim Jong Un was named to a lofty post in North Korea's army, presumably in preparation to succeed his father as the country's ruler. FP looks at the world's autocrats-in-training who are waiting to take over their fathers' regimes.

Joshua Keating and Charles Homans |

Terms of Engagement

Wallowing in Decline

Americans have gone from gloating over their global influence to bemoaning the loss of it. They were wrong then, and they're wrong now.

James Traub |

FP Explainer

How Much Turf Does the Somali Government Really Control?

It's a bit more than just "a few square blocks." But it's bad news when insurgents control the majority of the capital.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Interview

Corrupt Democracy

Should the Barack Obama administration keep giving aid to the corrupt government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai? Kenyan whistle-blower John Githongo tells FP why pluralism and freedom will never thrive when everyone from officials to cab drivers are skimming off the top.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Document

'We Need to Be Big-hearted and Hard-headed'

As the world convenes at the United Nations to assess the progress on the Millennium Development Goals, President Barack Obama's speech outlines the administration's new Global Development Policy, which will change "the way [America] does business" when it comes to helping developing nations build a "path out of poverty." 

Andrew Swift |

Argument

Crying Crisis

The MDGs aimed too high, and millions will still be poor and suffering in five years' time. But screaming for billions more in aid money makes light of the significant gains that have been made.

Todd Moss |

The List

The Save-the-World Clock

Global leaders promised a decade ago to end poverty by 2015. With just five years left, the U.N. General Assembly -- including an estimated 140 heads of state -- will meet this week to assess progress. How much good has been done? Here's a hint: not enough.

Elizabeth Dickinson |