Tsunami: Japan’s Post-Fukushima Future

A special FP ebook for charity. Buy it now for PDF or Kindle, give to the Japan Society.

Featuring the world’s leading Japan watchers. From haunting scenes in the hot zone to the nuclear, political, and economic future of a battered land.

"For the 20 years before this great earthquake disaster, our nation has seemed, in many ways, to be at an impasse. As we overcome the crisis created by this disaster, we must also overcome the preceding crisis, what could be called Japan’s structural crisis." — Naoto Kan

On March 11, 2011, Japan’s northern coast was shaken by the biggest earthquake ever to strike the island in recorded history. With a gigantic tsunami and the nuclear meltdown that followed, 3/11 was the worst disaster to hit the developed world for a hundred years. Confronted with tough questions about its dependence on nuclear power, about the competence of its leaders both in the private and public sectors, about the economy’s ability to rebound from a shock, the country has been plunged into crisis. After centuries of earthquakes, tsunamis, war, and a long list of other disasters, natural and unnatural, the Japanese people are accustomed to building back stronger -- but how do they recover from such a devastating blow, and what will that new future look like?

This unique Foreign Policy ebook, the first to respond to the quake in such depth, assembles an exclusive collection of top writers and scholars working in Japan today to answer these questions. Edited by Temple University’s Jeff Kingston, it showcases some of Japan’s leading writers and thinkers, from prominent journalists like Financial Times Asia-Pacific editor David Pilling to former Economist editor Bill Emmott to best-selling author Robert Whiting.

Buy it now for just $4.99 -- and support the Japan Society, which will send proceeds directly to tsunami relief efforts on Japan’s northern coast.


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"No matter how many years may pass, do not forget this warning." —Stone tablet from 1933 marking tsunami’s reach

"We forget that the sea is close because we build next to it. Then the tsunami comes and washes away the houses and you can see the sea again. And we’re reminded." —Ofunato resident


Chapter 1: Tales from the Hot Zone

By Mariko Nagai, Kaori Shoji, Steve Corbett, Robert Whiting, Shijuro Ogata, and Kumiko Makihara

Chapter 2: Japan’s Quakes, Past and Future

By David McNeill and Gregory Smits

Chapter 3: Looking Out on the World

By Christian Caryl, Devin Stewart, Jeff Kingston, and Noriko Murai

Chapter 4: The Economic Future

By David Pilling, Bill Emmott, and Brad Glosserman

Chapter 5: The Political Future

By Rod Armstrong and Jun Honna

Chapter 6: The Nuclear Future

By Lawrence Repeta, Andrew Horvat, Paul J. Scalise, Andrew DeWit and Masaru Kaneko, Robert Dujarric, and Gavan McCormack


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Revolution in the Arab World


Revolution in the Arab World

A special ebook from Foreign Policy Magazine.

"What is the perfect day for Hosni Mubarak? A day when nothing happens." — Egyptian joke, December 201

"A bunch of incognizant, ineffective young people" — Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on the Tahrir Square protesters, Jan. 25, 2011

In just 18 short days, the young protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square upended global politics. Not even three weeks after the peaceful demonstrations began, not even two weeks after pro-government thugs charged into the square on camels and horses to force them out, one of the most entrenched leaders in the Middle East and a longtime U.S. ally, Hosni Mubarak, was gone—and autocratic leaders from Morocco to Bahrain were feeling the heat.

Where did this wave of anger come from? Why did it begin in Tunisia, and what does it mean? FP's special report starts with a revelatory first chapter that shows how the revolutionary rumblings were ignored, dating back to Issandr El Amrani's prescient warning to Barack Obama in January 2010: Egypt, he wrote, could be the ticking time bomb that overwhelms your international agenda. The coverage also includes a dramatic day-by-day retelling of the battle to hold Tahrir Square, insider accounts of Washington's flip-flopping and struggle to keep up with events, and some of the world’s leading authors and experts, from James Traub to Gary Sick to Robert D. Kaplan, on where we go from here.

Consider it a guidebook for these revolutionary times.

Read the #1 Kindle Bestseller about the Middle East:

"Revolution in the Arab World [allows] readers who are fascinated with current events but have no time or inclination to follow in real time both to experience the stream and to benefit from intelligent commentary while the lava of Middle East revolution is still flowing.... Delightful ... lively ... fascinating." — Anne-Marie Slaughter, NPR.org

"Anyone interested in understanding the Arab revolutions should read it." — American Diplomacy

"Fascinating.... The heart-pounding, street-level reporting by Ashraf Khalil and Blake Hounshell ... truly transports.... Revolution in the Arab World succeeds in its most fundamental task: capturing the Arab Spring largely as it happened." — Bookforum

"It took 18 days for Egyptian protesters to topple Hosni Mubarak's 30-year regime; it took about 10 days for the editors at Foreign Policy to publish a 70,000-word ebook about the revolution." — Nieman Journalism Lab

"I wish more organizations would present collections like this." — RealClearWorld

Who: Our contributors include Issandr El Amrani, Karim Sadjadpour, Marc Lynch, Toby C. Jones, Ellen Knickmeyer, David Kenner, Christopher Alexander, Michael Koplow, Tom Malinowski, Steven Heydemann, Eric Goldstein, Ashraf Khalil, Amil Khan, Blake Hounshell, Peter Bouckaert, Tina Rosenberg, Maryam Ishani, Hugh Miles, James Traub, Robert D. Kaplan, Gary Sick, Elliott Abrams, Zalmay Khalilzad, Stephen Sestanovich, Aaron David Miller, Stephen M. Walt, Nathan J. Brown, Mohammed Ayoob, and David A. Bell. PLUS: New introduction and updated coverage with the latest from the region.

What: This special report from Foreign Policy offers 217 pages of news, views, and insight into the dramatic events unfolding in the Arab world, with chapters ranging from the experts who caught the first signs of the conflagration to the on-the-ground tick-tock from Tahrir Square. Check out the table of contents for more details.