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The Second Coming

What can the 44th president really achieve in his second term? Here are 10 ideas.

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Edge of the World

For one journalist embarking on a seven-year journey to retrace the footsteps of early humans, the biggest obstacles are man-made.

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The War Before the Last War

A tiny southern peninsula still bears the wounds of Iran vs. Iraq.

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Stowaway

A reporter travels the treacherous Pakistan-Afghanistan border by truck.

Pam McLean

Can You Fight Poverty With a Five-Star Hotel?

The story of how the World Bank's investment arm hands out billions in loans to wealthy tycoons and giant multinationals in some of the world's poorest places.

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Cursed With Plenty

America is on the verge of an energy boom. But will abundant shale gas create more problems than it fixes? 

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Think Again: The Republican Party

The future of the GOP -- after the debacle.

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Geek Squad

How behavioral scientists could make Obama's second term a success.

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Getting Down to Business

The bad news is Washington hasn't seen the last of its bickering, dithering, and gridlock. The good news is Obama can change that in his first 100 days. 

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The Baby Menace

Are we too worried about falling fertility rates?

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A New Law of Petropolitics

Sorry, Tom Friedman, higher oil prices don't always mean lower levels of democracy.

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The Law Still Stands

Why I stand by my arguments about oil and dictatorship.

Illustration By Joe Ciardiello for FP

Epiphanies from Bernard-Henri Lévy

"Arab Winter" is a stupid slogan and the West needs to get over its China fixation, says France's most prominent intellectual.

Illustration by Guy Billout for FP

The Convergence of Civilizations

The oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized. If anything, values are converging across cultures.

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The Things They Carried: The Third Amiga

What rising GOP star Kelly Ayotte takes with her to the Senate.

Photo by Jason Miklian

Rough Cut

Nearly all the world's diamonds — legal or not — pass through this one Indian city.

Jean-Yves Bajon Collection (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam)

The Disappeared

Even the Soviet Union eventually acknowledged Stalin's Great Famine. Why does China still hide evidence of its own mass starvation under Mao?

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We’re All Declinist Pundits These Days; Recession-Proof

FP's "Who Won the Great Recession?" package elicits reflections on U.S.-China power dynamics and how to succeed in business during hard times.

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Currency War

Debating Robert Zoellick's vision for reintegrating economics into U.S. foreign policy. 

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