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Think Again: Realism

Amid war and recession, Americans are in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact mood. But that, says a leading architect of George W. Bush's foreign policy, is no reason to adopt a misguided doctrine. 

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Seeing Red

The Soviet Union was a repressive regime that stifled all forms of creative expression. But author David King discovered a treasure trove of visual relics from the communist era by little-known photographers, designers, and artists.

Illustration by Joseph Ciardiello for FP

Epiphanies: Wei Jingsheng

An unlikely dissident, imprisoned for almost two decades for his 1978 democratic tract "The Fifth Modernization," looks forward to China's democratic future.

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Summer Reading of Our Discontent

Global escapism is flourishing in the Great Recession.


Is a Green World a Safer World?

A guide to the coming green geopolitical crises.

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States of Play

National oil companies control 80 percent of the world's oil. But they're not all the same. 


Gas Guzzlers

The Middle East consumes too much oil.

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Don’t Be Crude

Why Barack Obama's energy-dependence talk is just demagoguery.

A Hole in the Bucket

How petrostates lost big in the Great Recession.

Graphics by Katherine Yester; Barrels: istockphoto.com

How High Will It Go?

How the price of oil might superspike once again.

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Subpriming the Pump

Oil wealth used to hurt only those who had it. Now, it's hurting everyone.


The Strait Dope

Why Iran can't cut off your oil. 

Why Asia Wins

Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, says Minxin Pei underestimates the significance of Asia's growth in "Think Again: Asia's Rise." Economic Strategy Institute President Clyde Prestowitz suggests authoritarian leadership helped drive the region's success.

Defending Ban

Vijay Nambiar, chief of staff to the U.N. secretary-general, says Jacob Heilbrunn's criticism of his boss in "Nowhere Man" is unfairly focused on style, not substance.

The Coming Supply Crunch

How the recession is throttling much-needed investment.

The Baltic Bubble

Economists Edward Hugh and Daniel Mitchell critique Edward Lucas's analysis of the collapse of the Baltic states. Hugh thinks long-term demographic trends are worrying, while Mitchell sees cause for optimism.

Africa Fails Again

George Ayittey of the Free Africa Foundation observes that most African countries in the Failed States Index followed the same depressing formula to failure.

Macho Men

Irma Erlingsdóttir, director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Iceland, thinks Reihan Salam's "The Death of Macho" overestimates the erosion of "male-archy" in Iceland.