The Perils of Lite Anti-Americanism

Why knee-jerk criticism of the United States carries dangerous hidden costs.

The Velvet Hegemon

How soft power can help defeat terrorism.

Mercy Killings

The United Nations can and should target dictators directly, instead of their peoples.

The American Mongols

To win the war against terrorism, the United States must overcome the burden of history.

Ranking the Rich 2003

In a groundbreaking new ranking, FOREIGN POLICY teamed up with Center for Global Development to create the first annual CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index, which grades 21 rich nations on whether their aid, trade, migration, investment, peacekeeping, and environmental policies help or hurt poor nations. Find out why the Netherlands ranks first and why the world's two largest aid givers -- the United States and Japan -- finish last.

Wine’s New World

When new liquor laws allowed British supermarkets to sell wine in the 1970s, Australian winemakers seized the business opportunity of a lifetime. The story of how a trickle of New World wines became a worldwide flood is also a case study in globalization, starring disgruntled French winemakers, desperate EU bureaucrats, worried Napa Valley tycoons, and Chinese and Japanese arrivistes acquiring a taste for the finer things in life.

The Market for Civil War

Ethnic tensions and ancient political feuds are not starting civil wars around the world. A groundbreaking new study of civil conflict over the last 40 years reveals that economic forces -- such as entrenched poverty and the trade in natural resources -- are the true culprits. The solution? Curb rebel financing, jump-start economic growth in vulnerable regions, and provide a robust military presence in nations emerging from conflict.

The Paradoxes of American Nationalism

As befits a nation of immigrants, American nationalism is defined not by notions of ethnic superiority, but by a belief in the supremacy of U.S. democratic ideals. This disdain for Old World nationalism creates a dual paradox in the American psyche: First, although the United States is highly nationalistic, it doesn't see itself as such. Second, despite this nationalistic fervor, U.S. policymakers generally fail to appreciate the power of nationalism abroad.

Think Again: The Korea Crisis

North Korea is not crazy, near collapse, nor about to start a war. But it is dangerous, not to mention dangerously misunderstood. Defusing the threat that North Korea poses to its neighbors and the world will require less bluster, more patience, and a willingness on the part of the United States to probe and understand the true sources of the North's conduct.