The U.S. Military Index

In an exclusive new index, Foreign Policy and the Center for a New American Security surveyed more than 3,400 active and retired officers at the highest levels of command about the state of the U.S. military. They see a force stretched dangerously thin and a country ill-prepared for the next fight.

How Democracies Grow Up

Countries with too many young people may not have a fighting chance at freedom.

A World Enslaved

There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history. True abolition will elude us until we admit the massive scope of the problem, attack it in all its forms, and empower slaves to help free themselves.

Will Democracy Make You Happy?

For decades, politicians and political scientists have clung to the notion that free nations breed happy people. Now, though, a new 'science of happiness' is turning that equation on its head.

Is Nationalism Good for You?

It's blamed for everything from unruly populism to genocide. But what if nationalism isn't the unevolved reflex so many assume it to be? In fact nationalism could help create wealth, fight corruption, and lower crime.