May 2012

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Battleship Earth

Does the Pentagon have the right weapons to fight off an alien invasion?

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Google Confronts the Great Firewall

In the second clash between the Internet search giant and the Chinese government, will freedom of speech win?

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Grexit? Spexit? Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

Everyone wants southern Europe's troubled economies to go their own way, except for the people who live there.

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Target: Iran

A closer look at the six facilities that could mean the difference between war and peace.

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Kill the Kill List

The Obama administration is grossly misreading international law when it comes to targeting terrorists.

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Losing Polio

Did the CIA ruin our chance to eradicate one of the world's worst diseases?

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What the Hell Should We Do About Syria?

FP asked five smart observers to offer their solutions for the quagmire in Damascus.

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The Dictators Are Smarter Than You Think

Don't count the tyrants out. They've still got plenty of tricks up their sleeves.

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Iran’s Growing Stockpile

Tehran is amassing enough nuclear material to build half a dozen weapons. The hour is getting late.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Netanyahu

Will Israel’s prime minister turn out to be a great man, or just a great maneuverer?

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The Undiplomat

Obama's ambassador to Moscow has gotten a rude welcome in Putin's Russia. But he's not going to take it anymore.

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China’s Game of Thrones

Four Chinese leaders who show just how corrupt the system has become. 

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A Family Affair

China's princelings are running amok. And Bo Xilai is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The Five Worst Atrocities of the Syrian Uprising

Time and again, the Syrian regime has shocked the world. But those hoping the international community would be spurred into action have been just as frequently disappointed.

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Flame Thrower

Stuxnet was a monster computer virus. Flame is 20 times larger -- and it's been out there, listening, for years.

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Where the Drones Are

Mapping the launch pads for Obama's secret wars.

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A Man With No Country

The vulgar political afterlife of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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The FP Summer Reading List

Twelve books that are shaping the conversation this season.

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The Conservative Defense Revolution

Or, how the Tea Party learned to love the Pentagon.

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The Name Is Bond. Eurobond.

Europe's debt crisis gets a new potential hero, with Germany once again cast in the role of villain.

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White Whale

Why the black helicopter crowd goes crazy over the Law of the Sea Treaty.

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Romney: Year One

What would happen if you took Mitt Romney's foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

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Enough Talking, Kofi

It’s time for the world to stop hiding behind Kofi Annan's skirts. We gave diplomacy a chance in Syria; now we must accept that diplomacy has failed.

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This Week at War: Does the U.S. Need More Aircraft Carriers?

The Pentagon sure wants more $15 billion boats, but it may have to look for other options. 

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The Godfathers of Tunis

Tunisia’s new government has declared war on sleaze -- but that’s much easier said than done.

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Me Against the World

In a Foreign Policy exclusive, American jihadist (and rapper) Omar Hammami sends word about al Shabaab's bloody leadership wars and how he became a target.

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Dreams of Kurdistan

In a new shift, Kurds in Turkey are gradually giving up on independence. So why is the Turkish government so worried?

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The 7 Worst Songs of Eurovision 2012

The lowlights of Europe's annual tribute to trashy Europop.

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5 World Events That Could Swing the U.S. Election

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are slugging it out over the economy, but the world may have a trick or two up its sleeve.

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Power Ballad

What happens when you mix a trashy Europop spectacle with an oil-soaked Caspian dictator?

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Sleepless in Jerusalem

Egypt's presidential elections are keeping Israeli officials awake at night. Will their most important Arab friend soon be an enemy?

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Are We Focusing on the Wrong Nuclear Threat?

Americans are wringing their hands about the grave threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to the United States. But the numbers tell a different story.

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The Cairo Consensus

Will Egyptian voters cast their ballot against the United States and Israel?

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Jobs for Billionaires

A few problems back here on Earth in need of some serious capital.

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Don’t Fear the Grexit

Greece is not Lehman Brothers, and the global economy will be just fine if it drops out of the eurozone.

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Amateur Hour in Chicago

Obama knows that he can't succeed in Afghanistan without coming to terms with Pakistan. So why is his diplomacy so lousy?

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Two Worlds, One Climate

Forget Kyoto. There’s a much better way to persuade the developing world to fight climate change.

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5 Things the Pentagon Isn’t Telling Us About the Chinese Military

Here's what you won't find in the Defense Department’s latest report on China's military rise.

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Ask Me No Questions…

How come Egyptian polls are so useless?

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Damned if You Do

Obama hasn't made a peep about cutting U.S. support to NATO -- though everyone agrees it's necessary to get Europeans to pay their fair share. And yet, Romney attacks him for it.

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Command and Control

Don’t read too much into the pronouncements of former Israeli security officials on Iran: Israel’s civilian leadership overrules the generals all the time.

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Barack O’Romney

Ignore what the candidates say they'll do differently on foreign policy. They're basically the same man.

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The Good Felool

If Amr Moussa wins Egypt's presidential election, is the revolution over?

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Red Flag and the Silver Screen

Why is China buying America's movie theaters?

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Bear in a China Shop

It's not the booming economy that's about to burst -- it's bigger than that. Social discontent and, yes, income inequality could rip China apart at the seams.

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In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

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Dereliction of Duty

Despite the rhetoric, the NATO summit offers no concrete plan to protect Afghan rights.

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Why Libya Matters

If the international community doesn't help Libya build a democratic society now, it'll have no one but itself to blame for the consequences of failure.

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Taking Maybe for An Answer

The hardest part of solving the nuclear crisis with Iran? Defining success.

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Bangkok Blues

How did the one functional democracy in Southeast Asia get so screwed up?

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Syria’s New Jihadis

Meet the terrorist group that's ruining the revolution.

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Mr. Normal’s Odd Government

François Hollande's trip to America was a quiet success. But did he just appoint an unruly team of rivals as his ministers back home?

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Russia’s Surprisingly Liberal New Cabinet

Vladimir Putin may have reclaimed the presidency, but his sidekick Dmitry Medvedev is winning the appointments game. Are liberal reforms finally possible?

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Europe’s Big Fat Greek Heart Attack

A diet can't save them now. Time to get that defibrillator ready.

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Status Update

With the stroke of a pen, a new bill in Congress could slash the number of Palestinian refugees -- and open a world of controversy.

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Syria’s War Comes to Beirut

Sunday's spasm of violence bodes ill for Lebanese stability. But the real problem is that there's nobody in charge.

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Obama’s Debacle

The president has protected his right flank for now, but history won’t be so kind.

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