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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.