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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Islamists Are Not Coming
Religious parties in the Muslim world are hardly the juggernauts they've been made out to be.
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.
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.