What to Read in 2013
Plotting your Kindle downloads for the coming year? From war memoirs to digital manifestos, here are 25 new books that will be hot off the presses in the months ahead.
The Year the Arab Spring Went Bad
Hopes for a democratic Middle East have faltered amid sectarian animosities and ideological divisions. Did it have to be this way?
The Year in Quotes
The 20 most puzzling, hypocritical, and revealing things said about U.S. foreign policy in 2012.
The politicians are playing a dangerous game with the global economy -- and with Americans' pocketbooks. But the voters get the last move.
FP’s Most Popular Articles of 2012
From true spy stories to the sex lives of ayatollahs, here’s what you wanted to read in the past year.
Wanted: A Few Good Leaders
Fewer veterans are serving in high office in the United States. It's no coincidence that America is going off the rails.
How our fixation with growth blinds us to broader measures of a society's health -- or lack thereof.
Was It a Good Year in Afghanistan?
Looking back at a troubling 2012 filled with progress and peril, it's hard to determine whether the United States is winning this war.
North Korea Does Not Believe in Unicorns
But it does believe in promoting a fanciful version of its own history.
New Year, Same Awful Congress
Will lawmakers trade political paralysis for compromise and bipartisanship in 2013? Don't bet on it.
The Settlement That Broke the Two-State Solution
Ma'aleh Adumim symbolizes why Middle East peace may no longer be possible.
The Top 10 National Security Stories of the Year
From Obama and the generals to women in combat, here are the big issues that mattered in 2012.
Anatomy of an Air Attack Gone Wrong
In rural Yemen, a botched attack on a terror suspect kills 12 civilians and destroys a community.
Poland’s Shale Gas Dream
Polish leaders think they've found a path to energy independence, but their high hopes could prove premature.
From Bread Lines to Front Lines
In the latest phase of Syria's civil war, civilians have become the targets.
Is Chuck Hagel Toast?
The attacks on Obama’s would-be Pentagon chief are scurrilous. And yes, Virginia, there is an Israel lobby -- but it’s neither Jewish nor invincible.
9 Stories That Will Move Markets in 2013
From the U.S. deficit to Mideast turmoil, the issues that could have the biggest impact on the global economy in the coming year.
Feeling the Pain in Tehran
As sanctions bite, some of Iran's leaders are signaling a willingness to come back to the negotiating table.
Lingering Questions on Benghazi
This week's report on the Obama administration's actions in Libya was credible but incomplete.
The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh
Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But can they do it without partisanship?
Moving On Up
Turkey is now a solidly middle-income state. But there are still plenty of roadblocks on the path ahead.
Born on the Seventh Floor
John Kerry is about to get the secretary of state job he was always meant to have.
What Africa Did Right in 2012
Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.
The Mess We Left Behind in Libya
While Washington is busy fighting over a report, Benghazi is descending into chaos.
Stocking Stuffers for Wonks
Fifteen gift suggestions for that special international relations nerd in your life.
Zero Farce Thirty
The man who nearly stopped 9/11 tells FP why Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden gets it wrong.
The Talented Mr. Modi
Narendra Modi is still banned from the United States for his involvement in deadly anti-Muslim riots. Could he be the next leader of India?
Syria’s Time Is Running Out
The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.
America’s Exceptional Gun Culture
Four reminders about just how entrenched guns are in American society.
Panetta orders investigation into all DoD childcare centers
Is Hagel getting swiftboated on Israel?; State takes a hit on Benghazi from independent panel; The Kagans under fire; Jim Amos asks Syrian rebels to move their fight to the Pacific, and more.
A League of Our Own
The NRA is wrong -- gun culture in Israel and Switzerland isn't anything like it is in the United States.
FP’s Favorite Reads of 2012
This year's great books about the world, selected by our editors, columnists, and bloggers.
I know counterterrorism and the CIA -- and almost everything in Homeland is ridiculous. But I'm still watching.
The Dictator’s Daughter
The heir of a controversial South Korean autocrat is now the country's first female president. Can she emerge from his shadow?
Fiscal Cliff: A Short History
How did the phrase become shorthand for Washington's embrace of budget brinkmanship?
Pentagon: not so fast on the Vickers story
The Army’s plan to create platoons of Jason Bournes; Panetta talks strategy and sequester today; NBC’s Engel released; Mini red velvet cupcakes at State’s party, and more.
‘These Guys Are Thugs’
Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei speaks exclusively to Foreign Policy on the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's political crisis.