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The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

"My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience."

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Battle-Tested

Insiders debate America's misfires in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?

We asked everyone from an ex-president of Pakistan to a former Afghan spy chief to weigh in.

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What Went Right?

Critics of the war are missing the big picture: Afghanistan is much better off today.

Illustration by Stephen Savage

The Prince of the White House

Eleven rules for how Barack Obama, or any U.S. president, can have his way on national security.

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State of War

FP surveyed more than 70 experts on today's global conflicts, with John Arquilla guiding us through the results.

Mad Libs: War Edition

FP asked more than 70 top military thinkers to fill in the blanks on the world's global conflicts -- from the drone wars to the budget wars.

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Lessons Learned (and Not)

Seven things we've learned after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Democracy’s Backward March

The six countries where freedom is fading fastest.

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Think Again: The Pentagon

The military's Chicken Littles want you to think the sky is falling. Don't believe them: America has never been safer.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

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Going South

They've helped bail out southern weaklings. Now Europe's northern countries may be doomed too.

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Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

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Terror Management

Could a shared fear of climate change unite enemies?

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Life After Death

How the plague made modern Europe.

Illustration by Joe Ciardiello for FP

Epiphanies from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.

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The Case for Big Brother

A little government monitoring can be a good thing.

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The Things They Carried: The Congolese Rebel

Maj. John Imani Nzenze, an M23 rebel commander, reveals what's in his camouflage backpack. 

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Why Is It So Hard to Identify the World’s Rape Capital?

How it's possible for Botswana and Sweden to top a global ranking of rape.

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