The FP Memo: Brothers In Arms

The United States and the Muslim Brotherhood have more in common than they think. But if the Brotherhood is to win over American skeptics, its actions will have to match its words.

Fortress America

The new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is the largest the world has ever known. Thousands will live inside its blast walls, isolated from the bloody realities of a nation at war. Why has the United States built this place -- and what does it mean?

How To Make a Spy

For 60 years, the United States has struggled and failed to create a first-rate secret intelligence service. Few agents can haggle in a foreign bazaar or even hope to understand rapid-fire Arabic. It may be hard to find the proper skills among the present generation of young Americans. But it would not be impossible to create them.

How Capitalism Is Killing Democracy

Free markets were supposed to lead to free societies. Instead, today's supercharged global economy is eroding the power of the people in democracies around the globe. Welcome to a world where the bottom line trumps the common good and government takes a back seat to big business.

Think Again: Drugs

Prohibition has failed -- again. Instead of treating the demand for illegal drugs as a market, and addicts as patients, policymakers the world over have boosted the profits of drug lords and fostered narcostates that would frighten Al Capone. Finally, a smarter drug control regime that values reality over rhetoric is rising to replace the "war" on drugs.

Hey, Big Spenders

Candidates vying for the Oval Office are expected to spend more than $1 billion in the run-up to the November 2008 U.S. presidential election. But the need to build a massive campaign war chest is a global phenomenon. Here’s where fat wallets make the biggest difference on Election Day.

The Free-Trade Paradox

Why is trade booming while trade talks are crashing?

Expert Sitings: Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins is co-director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and author of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. He blogs on media and popular culture at henryjenkins.org.