November 2012

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Spyocrats

Benghazi shows the limits of inteligence-by-committee.

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There’s a New Caliph in Town

The Muslim Brotherhood sees a conspiracy to oust it from power around every corner, and it’s prepared to strike preemptively against its enemies -- both real and imagined.

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Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

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Extrication Negotiations

The United States is ready to start talking to the Taliban about a peace deal again. But nothing's going to happen without Pakistan.

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Quagmire on the Potomac

The Pentagon is a hot mess of known unknowns.

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Bringing Down the Muslim Brotherhood

An Islamist power grab has given Egypt's secular opposition an opening to shape their country's political future.

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The Tale of the Kidnapped Princeling

How critical can the powerful be of the truly powerful in modern China?

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How Israel Lost Europe

How Benjamin Netanyahu lost friends and Mahmoud Abbas influenced people.

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How to Cope with Windfall Wealth

Mongolia has been doing a remarkable job of managing a natural-resource bonanza. But dangers still lie ahead.

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Bibi Can’t Lose

It's Benjamin Netanyahu's Israel. All of his rivals just live in it.

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Hillary Clinton’s Remarks at FP’s ‘Transformational Trends’ Forum

The secretary of state delivers a speech on the future of U.S. foreign policy during a conference sponsored by the Foreign Policy Group and the State Department's Policy Planning Staff at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Why DOD investigators are finding more wrongdoing among senior officers

Pentagon's Jeh Johnson to AG?; Release the trial balloons: Flournoy as SecArmy; PAO John Kirby on the military and the media, why close relationships matter, and more.

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The Art of the Deal

Why the CIA needs a diplomat, not a spy, to lead it.

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The Ties That Bind

Economic talks this week represent a new chapter in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

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Cancer at the Heart

With Hugo Chávez in Cuba for yet more medical treatment, will Venezuela fall apart without him?

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Rwandan Ghosts

Benghazi isn't the biggest blight on Susan Rice's record.

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Georgian Dream Shows Its Dark Side

Georgia's president-elect is putting the country in strong danger of losing its hard won democracy.

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The Self-Driving Economy

Will we even need central bankers in a few more years?

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China’s Copycat Cities

The People's Republic is building life-size European villages, but not for the reasons you think.

Why John Allen’s investigation could take months

The firing at the Naval Postgraduate School: it wasn’t all about the barbecue and lawn chairs; The drop in the Pentagon’s R&D budget, Are Micah Zenko’s criticisms beyond the pale? And more.

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Armageddon on a Budget

Don't worry, we can still nuke Russia even if we go over the fiscal cliff.

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State of Confusion

Why Mahmoud Abbas’s U.N. statehood bid is great for Israel -- and the United States.

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UMP Shaker

France's conservative party is falling apart. Can Nicolas Sarkozy return to rescue it?

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Continental Drift

Is Australia breaking with the United States over the pivot to Asia?

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The Dicey Democrat

How a pillar of the old regime in Burma is working to prove his democratic credentials.

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The World in 2013

Ten predictions for a year of brewing conflict.

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‘Beyond the Pale’

The Pentagon responds to Micah Zenko.

News flash: the Pentagon’s in fiscal hot water

Role reversal: Panetta plays it different than he did in 1991; Why the SecDef may stay longer; Women want combat roles; and a little more.

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Launch Your Own Gaza War

Help us field-test 'A Reign of Missiles.'

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Why Do We Keep Digging Up Dead World Leaders?

Exhuming the remains of the powerful rarely changes what we know about their deaths.

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Budget Agreement Reached!

5 think tanks warn of things to come for the Pentagon.

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Twice As Rice

Who said it: Condoleezza or Susan?

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Offensive Maneuver

Why does Leon Panetta hate democracy?

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In Rebel Country

How did 1,000 skinny militiamen in rubber boots conquer a city of 1 million people in a matter of hours?

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Sea Change in Spain

Latin America's economic growth and Europe's debt crisis have turned Ibero-American relations upside down.

The Peace Process Tooth Fairy

How Morsy, Hamas, and Bibi stole the peace process.

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Who Shot A.A.?

Mauritanians are still wondering who fired a gun at their country’s president. What the latest whodunit tells us about the state of democracy in a strategic corner of West Africa.

The Pentagon’s sequestration bubbas sit on their hands

A “fundamentalist con artist” cancels visit to Pentagon; Mattis, off the record?; Where a general shops for shoes; Is Tom Ricks rude? And more.

Killer Swarms

It wasn't the Russian winter that stopped Napoleon.

It’s His Prerogative

Let Obama pick his secretary of state. Even if it's Susan Rice. 

Four More Years … in Exile

Can Republicans find their way out of the foreign-policy wilderness?

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Pork Will Find a Way

How Congress can fund its pet projects -- even without earmarks.

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Beware of Mirages

The Obama Administration is pursuing closer ties with the military in Burma -- a policy that could undermine efforts to build democracy.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

When the leaders of Mexico and the United States meet for the first time, they'll have a chance to make real progress on issues that have been stalled for decades.

Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

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Africa’s Human Capital

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the best resources are the people.

WH might leave 10k in Afghanistan

The push for diplomacy on Iran; McRaven on FP’s Top Global Thinkers list and a little more.

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The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2012's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them.

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The Global Thinkers’ Book Club

From psychology to biography, economics to tech, see what some of the world’s top minds are reading.

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The FP Global Thinkers Twitterati

A who's who of the foreign-policy Twitterverse in 2012.

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What Our Thinkers Think — and Write

Twenty must-read books written by experts from this year's list.

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The Stories You Missed in 2012

Ten events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2013.

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The Opposite of Thinking

The key ingredient missing in our policymaking these days? Creativity.

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The Lady and the General

Meet the political odd couple driving democratic reform in Burma.

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Why Birth Control Is Still a Big Idea

Contraceptives empower women -- and that's good news for the global health and development agenda.

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A Change Is Gonna Come

Chen Guangcheng on freedom, violence, and the possibility of a revolution in China.

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Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age

Across the world, the battle for free speech is pitting governments and corporations against activists and average citizens.

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The Imperfect World of George Soros

The billionaire investor wants to understand what it means to live in a world that we cannot fully understand.

The Best Small Ideas of 2012

In our search for dramatic solutions to poverty, we sometimes miss the small innovations that could make a big difference in reducing inequality.

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The ‘Grexits’ of 2013

The four geopolitical buzzwords that could be just around the corner.

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Why Family Is a Foreign-Policy Issue

Helping women strike a work-life balance would change the world more than you might think.

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4 Digital Threats to Worry About

From hacktivism to cyberwarfare, the dangers that define the digital age.

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Yes, Congress Is That Bad

America's unprecedented political paralysis is undermining the country at home and abroad.

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Rise of the MOOCs

The Internet is revolutionizing universities, giving pretty much anyone, anywhere access to a world-class education. Here are seven massive online open course providers you need to know about.

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The New Breakout Nations

Forget the BRICs. Meet seven unheralded countries to watch.

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The Making of a Cultural Icon

How Malala became an international hero.

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No Chickens or Cricket Bats

The strange list of Indian products you can't import in Pakistan.

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The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd

We asked the 2012 Global Thinkers to weigh in on the big questions of the year. Here’s what they had to say…

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Life Inside the Iron Dome

Why President Obama shouldn't accept Israel's policy of defensiveness and despair.

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