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Recipe for Failure

Why Copenhagen will be a bust, and other prophecies from the foreign-policy world's leading predictioneer.


Revolution in a Box

It's not Twitter or Facebook that's reinventing the planet. Eighty years after the first commercial broadcast crackled to life, television still rules our world. And let's hear it for the growing legions of couch potatoes: All those soap operas might be the ticket to a better future after all.


What a Pest

Why the Black Death still won't die.


The World’s Most Popular TV Shows

After surveying 66 countries with 1.6 billion viewers between them—from Australia to Japan, Latvia to Venezuela—Eurodata TV Worldwide named the winners for the world's most-watched shows of 2008. What does the world love to watch?


What They’re Watching

Soaps, soaps, and more soaps. But not all of the dramas are created equal. In Colombia, viewers enjoy a hard-bitten saga of gang violence; in Iran, they're tuning into tales of Jewish rescue during World War II.


No Will, No Way

Bueno de Mesquita's model projects a decline in global willingness to regulate greenhouse gases over the next 100 years and beyond.

Prime Numbers

Prime Numbers: Doped

The disaster drugs: heroin and cocaine.


“See You Soon, If We’re Still Alive”

The only two Westerners living on their own in Kandahar have been bombed, ambushed, and nearly sold to kidnappers. Here's what they've learned about the country where war just won't end. 

Think Again

Think Again: God

As causalities from the world's religious wars mount, God is getting a bad reputation. But the war against God has had its casualties as well. Here's why we need a truce -- and why secularism is almost as much of a threat to the world as fundamentalism.

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Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.

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