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David Degner

The Things They Carried: The Tahrir Square Irregular

Hazem Marghany, a 25-year-old architect, spent 18 days in Cairo's Tahrir Square during the revolution and has come back every Friday since. Here's what he packs in his black Adidas laptop bag.

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Democracy Unleashed

With a flurry of elections hitting Africa this year, here are four countries where things could get lively -- maybe too lively.

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Meltdown

For the first time, Boris Yeltsin's right-hand man tells the inside story of the coup that killed glasnost -- and changed the world.

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The Long, Lame Afterlife of Mikhail Gorbachev

A cautionary tale about what happens when you fail to see the revolution coming.

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Dark Crystal

Why didn't anyone predict the Arab revolutions?

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Think Again: Failed States

On 9/11, the West woke up to the threat posed by failed states. But did we actually understand it?

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The Brutal Truth

Failed states are mainly a threat to their own inhabitants. We should help them anyway.

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The Far Side of the Soviet Moon

Ten of Russia's most disturbing unsolved mysteries.

Sean McCabe

Don’t Go There

Chasing the dying memories of Soviet trauma.

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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

Life in the vanguard of the new Twitter proletariat.

A Guide to the Foreign-Policy Twitterati

Missing out on the Twitter Revolution? Here's a cheat sheet to get you started.

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