Going for Gorby

The not-so-lame afterlife of the Soviet Union's last leader.


War Games: A Short History

How ancient Greek amusements became an indispensable 21st-century military tool.

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Everything Will Be Too Big to Fail

The density dynamic is worth banking on, but that doesn't mean it won't cost us.

Paul M O'Connell

The South China Sea Is the Future of Conflict

The 21st century's defining battleground is going to be on water.

Illustration by Oliver Munday for FP

Get Ready for the Democratization of Destruction

The way the world's militaries wage war is going to change -- drastically.


Megatrends That Weren’t

A look at yesterday's Next Big Things, from the Japanese rising sun to Dow 36,000.

Information Design by Laura Stanton for FP

The FP Survey: The Internet

You can't talk about the future without talking about the thing that's shaping the future the most. Some 20 years on, the Internet has upended entrenched business models, opened up a world of information to people all over the globe, and possibly even helped topple a dictator or two. But is the open web in danger? As 24/7 connectivity becomes an ever more inextricable part of our daily lives, FP asked some of the world's top experts to tell us where the Net is headed next.


Think Again: War

World peace could be closer than you think.

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Why Is It So Hard to Find a Suicide Bomber These Days?

A decade after 9/11, the mystery is not why so many Muslims turn to terror -- but why so few have joined al Qaeda's jihad.

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Millions May Die … Or Not.

How disaster hype became a big global business.

Illustration by Joe Ciardiello for FP

Epiphanies from Bob Woodward

A decade and five books later, the world's most famous investigative journalist has told us more about what happened behind closed doors in Washington's global war on terror than anyone. So how does he think it will be remembered?

Illustrations by Tomasz Walenta for FP

Huge in Asia

They may not play in Peoria anymore. But these storied American brands are reinventing themselves to sell in Shanghai.

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Dangerous Aid

Does paying countries to fight terrorism always backfire?

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Rich Country, Poor Country

The economic divide continues to expand.