The Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of

The Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs get all the attention. But they're not the only female leaders running the world.


Why Do They Hate Us?

The real war on women is in the Middle East.

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The Ayatollah Under the Bed(sheets)

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, all politics may not be sexual, but all sex is political.

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The Bedroom State

The new politics of sex -- from Iran to India and 7 countries in between.


Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue

The most pressing global problems simply won't be solved without the participation of women. Seriously, guys.

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The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies

China's men far outnumber women. So why is it so hard to find a good husband?

Mad Libs: Women in Politics

FP asked top female politicians around the world to fill in the blanks on sexism, women leaders, and breaking the glass ceiling.

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Teaching Intolerance

You should see what even first graders have to read in Saudi Arabia.


The End of History in the New Libya

The Green Book is gone, but what will replace it?

The Enemy Within

Since the end of the Cold War, America has been on a relentless search for enemies. But the real dangers are at home.

The World According to Glencore

"The biggest company you never heard of," as Reuters once put it, Glencore does business in dozens of countries on every continent except Antarctica. Here's a snapshot of this global empire -- and some of its murky local alliances.


A Giant Among Giants

Glencore -- founded by famous fugitive Marc Rich -- has cornered the market on just about everything. Now that it's going public, will its ties to dictators and spies stand up to scrutiny?

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Think Again: Al Qaeda

A year after Osama bin Laden's death, the obituaries for his terrorist group are still way too premature.


Still the One

Muammar al-Qaddafi may be history in Libya, but in this remote African kingdom he reigns supreme.


The Things They Carried: The War Reporter

ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz reveals what's inside her carry-on bag.

Illustration by Joe Ciardiello for FP

Epiphanies from Abdullah Gul

Turkey can be a democratic model for the Middle East, its president says.

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Smart Sanctions: A Short History

How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.

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Get an MBA, Save the World

If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company.

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Work Hard, Pray Hard

Do Muslim Americans embody the Protestant work ethic better than their Protestant counterparts?

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A Better Dictator

If you have to live under an authoritarian regime, which kind is best?