The Year America’s Post-9/11 Foreign Policy Failed
And the nine other top foreign policy headlines of 2014.
King Snowden and the Fall of Wikileaks
The whistleblower refugee has dominated the media -- and displaced Julian Assange.
The Year of the Horse
Why China's radical economic reforms in 2014 could bring new prosperity to hundreds of millions -- if Xi Jinping can ride out the bumps ahead.
The Islamist Enemy of Our Islamist Enemy
Meet what might soon be the West's unpredictable new friend in Syria -- the Islamic Front.
Coming to Chinese Headlines in 2014
From the rise of WeChat to the rural e-commerce boom, six major stories that flew under the radar in 2013, but won't next year.
Presenting the Albies of 2013
The best global political economy writing of the year -- tweets included.
A Drag on the State
A new order says Chinese cadres should stop smoking in public -- but they knew that already.
The Middle East Channel’s Best of 2013
The essential books, articles, posts -- and hip hop performances -- of the year.
How to Crush Low-Hanging Fruit
Beset by terrorism, Egypt's military government is blaming everything on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights
For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.
Venezuela’s Glass Revolution
In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.
One More Last Chance
Is John Kerry quietly on the cusp of a Israel-Palestine peace talks breakthrough?
Cleaning House in Kenya’s Police Force
Why security sector reform in Kenya has been much more successful than you might think. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.
Why China's buzzing about President Xi Jinping's simple meal of steamed buns and pig innards.
2013, According to the Chinese Communist Party
State media on U.S. "dysfunction," Japan's "dangerous direction," and the "gradual rise" of Africa's middle class.
Why Kenya's economy is the linchpin of a promising new zone of growth in East Africa. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.
A ‘Narrowing Path’ for China’s Scholars
A respected professor's open resignation has academics asking where Chinese government meddling will end.
The Stories You Missed in 2013
Six events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2014.
Putin’s Mediterranean Move
The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party.
The Year of Living Hegemonically
How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?
China’s Angry Spirits
Online whispers paint an eerie parallel between Japanese war criminals and dead Chinese strongman Mao Zedong.
The Man of the Year
How can the biggest news story of 2013 be so overblown -- and so monumentally important -- at the same time?
Why Shinzo Abe's visit to a Tokyo shrine could make his lousy relations with Beijing much worse.
Iran’s Turkish Gold Rush
At the center of Turkey's corruption scandal is a "gas for gold" scheme that the Obama administration dragged its feet on stopping.
The U.S. slammed shut a border crossing to Mexico after 9/11, isolating and starving a village on the other side. The passage reopened in 2013, but stark divisions remain.
The 2013 Stories That Never Were
From a U.S. attack on Syria to the collapse of the Eurozone, here's what didn't happen in foreign policy this year.
‘We Must Topple the Whole System’
Foreign Policy talks to boxing legend and Ukrainian opposition figure Vitali Klitschko about the "Euromaidan" protests and his country's political future.
The 2013 Top Ten List of Gifts (and Lumps of Coal) for World Leaders
Who was naughty, who was nice, and who isn't going to get what they want for Christmas this year.
Cloudy With a Chance of Conflict
We asked 1,200 U.S. government officials and experts what they were most worried about in 2014. Here's what they said.
How the U.S. Triumph in South Sudan Came Undone
The White House bet on guerrilla fighters changing their warring ways. Turns out it was a bad bet.
The Panopticon Paradox
When an enemy can be anywhere, the state looks everywhere. So how can it infringe on privacy nowhere?
As a security vacuum continues to plague Egypt, the country's beleaguered Christian community fears a rash of kidnappings will only worsen during the holiday season.
Curb Your Social Entrepreneurial Enthusiasm
Why the market for the global poor isn’t as big as you might think.
Energy is supposed to be Africa’s future. But when violence erupts in South Sudan and elsewhere, the pipelines can quickly run dry.
Obama Admin Taking It Easy on Terror Group, Congressmen Charge
The Haqqani network comprises some of Afghanistan's most lethal insurgents. Why isn't the White House doing more to stop them?
America Is Not the Grinch
Sorry, haters, when it comes to foreign aid -- of all sorts -- the United States is far and away the most generous nation on Earth.
Is Congo Finally Getting Its Act Together?
After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.
The Autocrat’s Emergency Bailout Fund
Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?
Chinese Government Recommends ‘Idiot-Proof’ Cellphones for Peasants
Beijing's elegant suggestion to spread mobile technology in the countryside.
Who’s the Biggest Loser in the Ukraine-Russia Deal?
It's not Putin, Yanukovych, or even the EU. It's the Ukrainian people.
Angels and Demons
Pentecostalism is the world's fastest growing religious movement. But in much of Africa, it's fueling witch-hunts and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
‘The Power Struggle Was Only Beginning’
In South Sudan, a failed coup, violent confusion -- or the first spark of civil war?
Boycott Me. Please.
Why the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academic institutions -- and my small liberal arts college -- is so utterly ridiculous.
Jerusalem’s Itchy Trigger Finger
Forget sanctions. If there's one thing that should convince Tehran not to go nuclear, it's that Israel might use its own nukes -- first.
Can Europe Frack Itself to Energy Independence?
Europe wants to replicate America's shale gas boom. Will it succeed?
The Political Science of Syria’s War
From 'veto players' to 'emotions,' a state-of-the-art tour of the scholarship on civil wars and insurgencies.
Burma’s Senseless Census
Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?
The Red Wedding
A botched drone strike in Yemen shows how America's anti-al Qaeda strategy has gone off the rails.
Stuck on a U.S. Government Blacklist?
Call Erich Ferrari, the lawyer who makes a living defending alleged drug kingpins and arms dealers.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.
Israel’s ‘Demographic Time Bomb’ Is a Dud
Sorry, but the real number of Arab Israelis isn't an existential threat to the Jewish state.
It’s Not About Snowden — It’s About Madison
The jig is up for anyone who argues that the Constitution doesn't cover metadata.
An admittedly foolhardy (but no more than the rest) attempt to assess the legacy of Barack Obama.
A Fictional North Korean Detective Explains Kim Jong Un’s Purge
Wherein your inteprid correspondent speaks with the made-up avatar of an ex-CIA official, for insight.
Kerry’s Return to Vietnam Is All About Blocking China
...and dealing with Beijing's thirst for energy.
Ukraine’s False Choice
Yanukovych can pick Russia or the European Union. Either way, the economic reforms are coming.
This Court Case Could Kneecap the NSA
Why a judge's assault on 'Orwellian' surveillance could cripple the spy agency's legal and political support.
The Police Are Dogs
No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.
Cool War Rising
With Washington and Moscow caught in a deteriorating relationship, is conflict inevitable?
India -- the promised land of journalism -- is reeling from scandal, corruption, and sleaze.
Jihadists as possible forces of peace, Russia as a potential dealmaker, and other conclusions from the inaugural PeaceGame.
The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections
Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.