Special Report

China Decides

The world's other superpower is having its own "election" this week. And if all goes according to plan, on Nov. 14 nine (or seven) men (and possibly one woman) will stride across the stage in Beijing’s massive Great Hall of the People as the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful decision-making body. They will wave, clap, and smile confidently, signaling to the world the inevitability of their leadership and hiding the messy reality of decades of infighting and moral compromise by which they climbed their way to the top. And their optimism will mask the reality of a China that is facing some of the most severe and daunting challenges in its modern history.

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  • National Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

    National Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
    By John Garnaut

  • Apocalypse Mao
    By Christina Larson

  • Human Rights Now

    Human Rights Now
    By Sophie Richardson

  • Hu Jintao's Gamble

    Inside China's Smoke-Filled Room
    By Willy Lam

  • Xi Jinping's Challenge
    By Kenneth Lieberthal

  • National Security

    Party Congress Diary, Day 3
    By Kathleen E. McLaughlin

  • China's Other Transition

    China's Other Transition
    By Dean Cheng

  • What China's Generals Fear

    What China's Generals Fear
    By John Garnaut

  • Kafka in Beijing

    Kafka in Beijing
    By John Garnaut

  • Climate Change

    My Strange Visit to Hu Jintao's Hometown
    By Isaac Stone Fish

  • Middle East

    Hu Jintao's Legacy
    By Kerry Brown

  • Pakistan

    Reform or Perish
    By Michael Pettis

  • Xi's Got Issues

    Xi's Got Issues
    By Geoff Dyer

  • What Do Rural Chinese

    What Do Rural Chinese Villagers Think of Their New Bosses?
    By Trefor Moss

  • What China's Generals Fear

    What China's Generals Fear
    By John Garnaut

  • Men In Black

    Men In Black
    By Nels Frye

  • Fashion Tips From the Politburo
    An FP Slide Show

  • Kafka in Beijing

    Kafka in Beijing
    By John Garnaut

  • Xi Jinping's Challenge
    By Kenneth Lieberthal

  • National Security

    Party Congress Diary, Day 6
    By Kathleen E. McLaughlin

  • China's Other Transition

    China's Other Transition
    By Dean Cheng

  • Hu Jintao's Gamble

    Inside China's Smoke-Filled Room
    By Willy Lam

  • Climate Change

    My Strange Visit to Hu Jintao's Hometown
    By Isaac Stone Fish

  • Middle East

    Hu Jintao's Legacy
    By Kerry Brown

  • Pakistan

    Reform or Perish
    By Michael Pettis

  • China

    The Hu Era, in Pictures
    An FP Slide Show

  • Nuclear Weapons

    Everything You Think You Know About China Is Wrong

  • Free Trade

    Xi Jinping Is An Empty Suit
    By Yu Jie

  • North Korea

    China’s One Percent
    An FP Slide Show

  • Latin America

    What if U.S. Political Reporters Covered the Chinese "Election"?

  • Why the China Model Is Running Out of Gas

  • Russia

    The Rise of Chinese Cities
    An FP Special Report

  • India

    Why Chinese Leaders Don't Swim Anymore

  • The Weird And Wonderful World of Chinese Bureaucracy Novels

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Special Report

The President and the World

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

The results are in, and Barack Obama will return for a second term as president of the United States.

But as Joe Biden might say, gird your loins: A victorious Obama faces a world of trouble, from a China determined to challenge U.S. primacy in the Pacific to an Iran that shows few signs of buckling in the face of international pressure to an Arab world still very much in the throes of upheaval and chaos. America’s adversaries are looking for any hints of weakness. And its friends and allies will be demanding leadership from a U.S. president who has been consumed with his own re-election for the past 18 months.

So what now? Foreign Policy asked 14 top analysts to peer beyond Wednesday’s headlines and examine the longer-term issues confronting the United States, from Europe’s debt morass to North Korea’s dangerous nuclear program, sagging U.S. competitiveness to worsening climate change. It’s a daunting list. Is Obama sure he wants the job?

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  • Human Rights

    Human Rights
    By Kenneth Roth

  • Europe
    By Heather A. Conley

  • National Security

    National Security
    By James Dobbins

  • Climate Change

    Climate Change
    By Bjørn Lomborg

  • Middle East

    Middle East
    By Shadi Hamid

  • Pakistan

    Pakistan
    By C. Christine Fair

  • China

    China
    By Daniel Twining

  • Nuclear Weapons

    Nuclear Weapons
    By Joe Cirincione

  • Free Trade

    Free Trade
    By Clyde Prestowitz

  • North Korea

    North Korea
    By Joel S. Wit and Jenny Town

  • Latin America

    Latin America
    By Michael Shifter

  • Africa
    By Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

  • Russia

    Russia
    By Dmitri Trenin

  • India

    India
    By Sadanand Dhume

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