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Global Aging

A gray tsunami is sweeping the planet -- and not just in the places you expect. How did the world get so old, so fast?

BY PHILLIP LONGMAN

A Plan B for Obama

A stagnant economy. Declining American influence. Dictators on the march abroad. And a more Republican Congress coming soon. Barack Obama is in big trouble. But it's never too late. Foreign Policy has a plan, 14 in fact, for how the president can find his mojo again.

The Tyranny of Metaphor

Three historical myths have been leading American presidents into folly for nearly a century. Is Obama wise enough to avoid the same fate?

BY ROBERT DALLEK

The Sources of Soviet Iranian Conduct

How George Kennan is still the best guide to today's villain inside a victim behind a veil.

BY KARIM SADJADPOUR

Watching the Watchers

Al Qaeda's bold new strategy is all about using our own words and actions against us. And it's working.

BY JARRET BRACHMAN

Inside Talibanistan

From a distance, you might think the Taliban is a monolithic enemy. Far from it.

BY PETER BERGEN, BRIAN FISHMAN, KATHERINE TIEDEMANN

The Great Battery Race

A 19th-century technology could determine which nation triumphs in the 21st. Steve LeVine reports from the global competition to replace the combustion engine.

BY STEVE LEVINE

The Russian Masterpiece You've Never Heard Of

Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate has more to say about human freedom than any other Russian novel of the century. That's probably why it was locked up for so long.

Supermarkets

From Beijing to Brighton, billions of people now can't imagine life without supermarkets. But what forces push us, as we push our carts?

By Raj Patel

History Lesson: Lie of the tiger

By Clyde V. Prestowitz

Prime Numbers: Unemployment

BY ELIZABETH DICKINSON

Reinventing the wheel

By William Easterly

Hall of Famers

Lawrence Korb takes issue with Fred Kaplan's representation of Defense Secretary Robert Gates's record.

A Tea Party Foreign Policy

Ron Paul explains why the growing grassroots movement can't fight big government at home while supporting it abroad.

What Makes a Global City Global?

Saskia Sassen argues that emerging Asian cities have a long way to go before they're truly global.

Back to the 'Burbs

Edward Glaeser and Jim Woods examine Joel Kotkin's pro-suburb argument.

True North

Rob Huebert counters Lawson W. Brigham's assertion of a peaceful Arctic.