The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

Supporters wave flags as they wait for Masoud Barzani’s arrival during a rally in Erbil, Iraq, on Sept. 22, 2017, for the independence referendum later that month. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.


A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.

A demonstrator catches fire, after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded, during clashes in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018

From North Korea to Venezuela, here are the conflicts to watch in 2018.


Out With The Old: New Books on Collusion, Civil War, Doomsday, and Other Happy Tidings

FP staffers learn how democracies die and why Mussolini wrote a bodice ripper.

A sea turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, in February 2016. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.

U.S. President Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at a G20 economic summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Populism Is a Problem. Elitist Technocrats Aren’t the Solution.

The problem isn’t too much democracy — it’s too little.


The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco

Overflights, mapping fiber-optic networks, "strange activities." Moscow's West Coast spies were busy.

Various members of the Afghan armed forces unload a casualty from an ambulance at the Tirinkot airbase in Uruzgan province on May 4.

The Walking Dead

As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.

Newly elected President Adama Barrow arrives in Banjul, Gambia, from Senegal after the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh on Jan. 26. (Xaume Olleros/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The President Giving Hope to Africa’s Democrats

Gambian President Adama Barrow was born the same year his country gained independence. Now, 52 years later, he’s tasked with putting it back together again.

Canadian *Foreign Affairs Minister* Chrystia Freeland arrives for a meeting with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means in Washington on Oct. 11. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Politician Advancing a Values-Driven Alternative to Global Leadership

This year, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned her country not to take the liberal world order for granted.

Left: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey pose backstage at the Glamour 2017 Women of The Year Awards in New York on Nov. 13. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour); Right: Ronan Farrow at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, 2015. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

The Journalists Igniting a Conversation on Sexual Assault

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow exposed Harvey Weinstein’s crimes against women. Thousands around the word said, “#MeToo.”

Steve Bannon addresses the 2017 California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim on Oct. 20. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The Political Operative Shaping President Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda

From Breitbart News to the White House, Steve Bannon represents a powerful and disruptive force that has reshaped American politics.

Director Roya Sadat on set in Kabul on Nov. 19. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Director Bringing the Story of Afghan Women to the Screen

As a teenager, Roya Sadat organized performances dramatizing the Taliban’s appalling treatment of women. Today, she is one of the country’s most prominent filmmakers.

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