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An illustration of a captain's hat with a 1980s era Pepsi logo and USSR and U.S. flag pins.

The Doomed Voyage of Pepsi’s Soviet Navy

A three-decade dream of communist markets ended in the scrapyard.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

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Future of Money – Cryptocurrency Database

Regulatory frameworks and approaches analyzed in Part II of this Power Map series have been collected in FPA’s Cryptocurrency Database, a navigable tool developed exclusively for FP Insider.

Future of Money - Part 3

Future of Money – Part 3

A comprehensive picture of the forces and actors that are critical to understanding and navigating the future financial system.

Future of Money Part 2

Future of Money – Part 2

The widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies could undermine governments' control over monetary policies and disrupt global finance.

Future of Money - Part 1

Future of Money – Part 1

Driven by perceived U.S. sanctions overreach, numerous countries now seek to circumvent the dollar-dominated financial system. Emerging technologies are paving the way.

Miles Thompson plays lacrosse

Gaming the State System

Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth?

Peacekeepers go on patrol

In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace

Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.

CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani

Nothing but Pitch Black Darkness

Ahmed Rabbani’s journey through the U.S. dark prison system to Guantánamo.

A Femen protester holds a placard reading "The Future is Feminist" at a demonstration in Paris on March 7.

Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!

Gender-neutral terms have sparked an explosive battle over the future of the French language.

A worker stands next to a cage of mice inside a laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 23, 2017.

The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

Portraits of six Uyghur women.

Uyghur Women Are China’s Victims—and Resistance

The Chinese government may soon regret choosing to crack down on women from Xinjiang’s Muslim minority.

Arctic Competition Power Map Part 2

Arctic Competition – Part Two

FP Analytics’ two-part Arctic Competition Power Map provides Insiders with an in-depth breakdown of how melting sea ice is enabling increased commercial activity and geopolitical competition over resources, shipping routes, and territory in the Arctic.

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