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Eurabian Follies

The shoddy and just plain wrong genre that refuses to die. 

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The Carter Syndrome

Barack Obama might yet revolutionize America's foreign policy. But if he can't reconcile his inner Thomas Jefferson with his inner Woodrow Wilson, the 44th president could end up like No. 39. 

Model Behavior

Political scientists Stephen Majeski and David Sylvan question the usefulness of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita's predictioneering.

The Rube Tube

Anti-TV activist Robert Kesten thinks the effects of TV around the world are more pernicious than Charles Kenny would have you believe.

Pandemic Panic

Biodefense expert Gregory Koblentz says Robin Cook's scenario of a deadly flu pandemic is alarmist and unscientific.

The God Fraud

Best-selling atheist author Sam Harris pushes back against Karen Armstrong's sympathetic take on religion.

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$123,000,000,000,000*

*China’s estimated economy by the year 2040. Be warned.

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Tick, Tock

The bombs awaiting Obama in 2010.

SOURCES: World Bank staff estimates; Dilip Ratha, Sanket Mohapatra, and Ani Silwal, “Migration and Remittances Brief,” World Bank (November 2009); Pablo Acosta, Pablo Fajnzylber, and J. Humberto Lopez, “Remittances and Household Behavior: Evidence for Latin America,” Remittances and Development: Lessons from Latin America (Washington: World Bank, 2008). IMAGES: Chris Hondros/Getty Images; ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

Big Senders

People all over the world are still traveling to other countries to find work, only the job opportunities aren't where they used to be.

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All the Presidents’ Men

Many politicians, public intellectuals, and political pundits have been greatly influenced by former U.S. presidents, be it Jefferson, Hamilton, Wilson, or Jackson.

The FP Quiz

Are you a globalization junkie? Then test your knowledge of global trends, economics, and politics with 8 questions about how the world works.

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No Heads Are Better Than Two

Russia's double-headed eagle is not just a national emblem. It's a symbol of the national schizophrenia.

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The Islamists Are Not Coming

Religious parties in the Muslim world are hardly the juggernauts they've been made out to be.

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How High the Moon?

Eclipses move markets. Really.

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Epiphanies: Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan's first postwar finance minister has now set his sights on reforming the country from the ground up, calling out his former boss, President Hamid Karzai, for corruption and failure. Here, the poetry-loving Pashtun speaks with FP about his troubled homeland's past and future.

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The New Blood Diamonds

Diamonds from African countries have been funding guerrilla wars for decades. But they're not the only precious gems with blood on their hands. Here are four more prized resources that are fraught with conflict.

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The Elephant in the Room

The biggest pain in Asia isn't the country you'd think.

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