A World Without Israel

Imagine that Israel never existed. Would the economic malaise and political repression that drive angry young men to become suicide bombers vanish? Would the Palestinians have an independent state? Would the United States, freed of its burdensome ally, suddenly find itself beloved throughout the Muslim world? Wishful thinking. Far from creating tensions, Israel actually contains more antagonisms than it causes.

Three Wise Men

What China's leaders can learn from Confucius, Mao, and Stanley Fischer.

No Country Left Behind

Development is not a "soft" policy goal, but a core national security issue, says Colin Powell, as he draws the main lessons of his four years as U.S. secretary of state. However, contrary to what critics say, the best way to lift millions out of poverty is not to increase levels of foreign aid. Instead, the United States must engage in tough love and demand that corrupt, autocratic regimes change their ways.

Clash of the Titans

Is China more interested in money than missiles? Will the United States seek to contain China as it once contained the Soviet Union? Zbigniew Brzezinski and John Mearsheimer go head-to-head on whether these two great powers are destined to fight it out.

A Prescription for Marxism

The next great battle between socialism and capitalism will be waged over human health.

Expert Sitings: Loretta Napoleoni

Loretta Napoleoni, an economist and advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is the author of Terror Inc.: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism.

War and Peace in Zagreb

In 1991, Croatia's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia helped spark the Balkan wars. Led for nearly a decade by a nationalist president, the small republic now seeks to join the European Union. FP spoke with Nenad Popovic -- the director of Zagreb's Durieux publishing house, known for its support of young authors and exiled writers -- to learn how Croatians are reconciling their post nationalist future with their recent past.

The Essential Vladimir Putin

A semiauthoritarian present is Russia's best hope for a liberal future.

The Day After

If terrorists explode nuclear devices in several major cities, expect the principle of national sovereignty to be among the casualties.