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How Obama Lost Karzai

The road out of Afghanistan runs through two presidents who just don't get along.

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It Takes a Network

The new front line of modern warfare.

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The Future of War

What wars are we going to be fighting in the next decade -- and with what weapons?

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War and Peace, Mad Libs Edition

FP asked some of the world's smartest thinkers on security to fill in the blanks on where we're headed.

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The New Virology

From Stuxnet to biobombs, the future of war by other means.

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Teodorin’s World

Playboy bunnies. $2 million Bugattis. Bags full of cash. Meet the world's richest minister of agriculture and forestry.

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Human Rights Last

China's diplomats have the ear of the world's bad guys. So what are they telling them?

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Think Again: Education

Relax, America. Chinese math whizzes and Indian engineers aren't stealing your kids' future.

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So Long, Chicken Little

The 9 most annoying sky-is-falling clichés in American foreign policy.

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Qué pasa, China?

Why China's boom might take a siesta.

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The Not So Dark Ages

When it comes to comparing economies, 'medieval' may not mean what you think it means.

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The Lesser Evil?

The relativism of corruption.

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Mickey Mouse, Villain

How copyrights for U.S. cartoons are holding the developing world hostage.

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BRICs: A Short History

How did a Wall Street buzzword coined by Goldman Sachs become a powerful new bloc in world affairs?

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Epiphanies from Jim O’Neill

The chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management talks BRICs.

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Going to Extremes

Why Muslim fundamentalists may be our best hope for stopping terror.

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Cable News

What is WikiLeaks really trying to tell us? We asked eminent historians and scholars to take the long view on these startling documents.

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A Short History of Secrecy

Think Julian Assange is sui generis? He's just one in a long line of agents provocateurs, stretching back through Trotsky to the Greeks.

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Anatomy of a Honey Trap

What if the hidden messages in the WikiLeaks cables were less about Tunisia and Russia, more about Winnie the Pooh?

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Revenge of the Quiet American

The world of U.S. diplomacy as filtered through WikiLeaks looks an awful lot like a certain other Western imperial power from not too long ago.

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