Think Again: 9/11
The attacks on the United States were neither a clash of civilizations nor an unqualified success for al Qaeda. They were, however, a clash of policy that continues to this day. As al Qaeda struggles to strike again, the United States wrestles with a confused war on terror that won't end until Americans are forced to choose between Medicare and missiles.
The Sons of the Fathers
Saudi Arabia isn't the only Arab country where economic and political success hinges on succession. These Middle Eastern scions have been groomed to continue their family's rule. But are they as committed to reform as they seem?
Who Killed Iraq?
After the invasion, America was supposed to help Iraq become a model democracy. Instead, the arrogance of L. Paul Bremer and his team of naïve neocons only helped Iraq become the world's most dangerous nation. This is how it all went wrong -- before it ever had a chance to go right.
What They’re Reading: Living in the Land of the Book
Despite living in a constant state of war, Israelis have always found time for books. FP spoke with David Ehrlich, owner of Jerusalem's Tmol Shilshom bookstore and cafe, and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that themes of political and religious identity run deep in Israeli literature.
9/11 + 5
Five years ago, 19 men sparked a global war. They were far from the first to commit acts of terrorism. But the devastation they wrought led U.S. President George W. Bush to declare a war "unlike any other we have ever seen," not simply against al Qaeda, but against every organization capable of terror. Today, the world faces increased terrorism on nearly every front. Attacks and fatalities are on the rise not just in the Middle East, but around the world -- everywhere, it seems, but where the war was first declared. The United States may be footing many of the costs for the war on terror, but the rest of the world is paying with their lives.
The Kingdoms Clock
If Saudi Arabia's new king is to stem the Islamist extremism that continues to inspire violence inside and outside his kingdom, he must quickly push reforms that will outlast his inevitably short reign. It's a race against the clock. At 82 years old, King Abdullah's time is already running out.
How Not to Build a Fence
The United States may soon fortify its border with Mexico. But what about the fence that is already there? A close look at the disjointed, makeshift barrier reveals America's ambivalent and conflicted attitudes toward immigration.
Empires with Expiration Dates
Empires drive history. But the empires of the past 100 years were short lived, none surviving to see the dawn of the new century. Today, there are no empires, at least not officially. But that could soon change if the United States -- or even China -- embraces its imperial destiny. How can they avoid the fate of those who came before them?
The FP Index: Ranking the Rich
Poverty is blamed for everything from terrorism to bird flu. Rich nations have never sounded more committed to stamping it out. Is it all just hot air? The fourth annual CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index ranks 21 rich nations on whether they’re working to end global poverty -- or just making it worse.
The Day Nothing Much Changed
We were told the world would never be the same. But did 9/11 actually alter the state of global affairs? For all the sound and fury, the world looks much like it did on September 10.