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Foreign policy isn’t just about war, staged conferences, and tiffs between world leaders — and neither is Foreign Policy. With our In Other Words section, we feature the best in ideas and intellectual culture from around the world, from the jokes that are shaping political life in Egypt to the Soviet literary masterpieces that still resonate today, including regular book clubs and excerpts from our favorite authors worldwide.
The Latest from In Other Words
Why do India and Pakistan see America in such opposite ways?
By Pankaj Mishra
Yanks are starring on foreign screens — and it ain’t a pretty sight.
By Michael Idov
In Iran’s latest TV obsession, the Ugly American is — themselves.
By Azadeh Moaveni
American pundits decry the onset of sharp defense cuts, but the Pentagon can’t even account for $1 trillion in its own spending. Isn’t it time to rein in the beast?
By Stephen Glain
Looking back with a generous dose of humility.
By David E. Hoffman
Ten of Russia’s most disturbing unsolved mysteries.
By David E. Hoffman
Chasing the dying memories of Soviet trauma.
By Orlando Figes
Why so Soviet mysteries many remain.
By Maria Lipman
The French don’t just tolerate their politicians’ sexual dalliances — they demand them.
By Elaine Sciolino
An insider’s story of how the Bush administration lost Afghanistan.
By Dov S. Zakheim
Why is it so hard for South Africa to talk about AIDS?
By Jonny Steinberg
A new book explores the roots of deep travel — as necessary for Manhattan homebodies as for madcap foreign correspondents.
By Paul Salopek
Looking back, what did we really know — and what did we just think we knew?
By Graeme Wood
In an excerpt from a memoir of love and war, a former Beirut correspondent recalls the way her experience of Lebanon’s most turbulent times was shaped by the meals she ate throughout.
An FP discussion on contributing editor Charles Kenny’s new book: Are we winning the global war on human suffering?
Think Julian Assange is sui generis? He’s just one in a long line of agents provocateurs, stretching back through Trotsky to the Greeks.
By Margaret MacMillan
What if the hidden messages in the WikiLeaks cables were less about Tunisia and Russia, more about Winnie the Pooh?
By Marjorie Garber
The world of U.S. diplomacy as filtered through WikiLeaks looks an awful lot like a certain other Western imperial power from not too long ago.
By Maya Jasanoff
A veteran diplomat explains how it’s really done.
By Peter W. Galbraith
What if the big message of the WikiLeaks cables is that there is no message?
By Fouad Ajami
FP Donald Rumsfeld’s Known and Unknown
An FP discussion on the controversial former secretary of defense’s long-awaited memoirs.
An Eerie Silence
Jonny Steinberg on why it’s so hard for South Africa to talk about AIDS.
The Russian Masterpiece You’ve Never Heard Of
By Leon Aron.
Leading Iranian-American writers revisit a year of dreams and disappointment.
Overcoming the Language Barrier
FP’s translation project.
Bloggers Read Books, Too
FP’s bloggers pick their favorite books of the year.
Three Decades of a Joke That Just Won’t Die
Egyptian humor goes where its politics cannot.
Uri Friedman is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, he reported for the Christian Science Monitor, worked on corporate strategy for Atlantic Media, helped launch the Atlantic Wire, and covered international affairs for the site. A proud native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he studied European history at the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Barcelona, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland.| Passport |
Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.
A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.| Daniel W. Drezner |