In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups
Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.
Data Governance – Part 2
Part 2: FP Analytics examines evolving government data collection practices and how AI is making this collection more efficient and ubiquitous.
Deep in the Heart of Texas, a Chinese Wind Farm Raises Eyebrows
Members of Congress fear Beijing could use the facility for espionage and economic warfare. But the Trump administration is set to let it move forward.
Fighting for U.S. Values Abroad, Black Diplomats Struggle With Challenges at Home
Protests against racism are shedding light on a silent morale crisis within parts of America’s diplomatic corps.
The Great Decoupling
Washington is pressing for a post-pandemic decoupling from China. But the last big economic split brought on two world wars and a depression. What’s in store this time?
Data Governance – Part 1
Part 1: FP Analytics examines the proliferation of regulations impacting the most valuable global commodity — user data.
Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World
In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.
How the Bottom Fell Out of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance
A rocky marriage of convenience that has lasted since World War II could derail as oil markets crash and mutual mistrust reaches new heights.
Is This the End of Globalization?
The world was already breaking apart. The coronavirus pandemic accelerates the trend.
5G Explained – Part Three
In the final installment, FP Analytics lays out the inherent security risks associated with 5G’s role in the digitization of the global economy and breaks down the critical issues for which companies and individuals need to prepare.
A Tale of Two Quarantines
I ended up quarantined in both Beijing and Washington during the coronavirus outbreak. The experiences weren’t as different as you might think.
5G Explained – Part Two
In this second of three parts, FP Analytics explores 5G's development and its global commercial and geopolitical implications.
5G Explained – Part One
In this first of three parts, FP Analytics explores 5G's development and its global commercial and geopolitical implications.
Socialism: Why It’s Back and What It Means
Essays on how social democracy can save the world, as well as counterpoints on why capitalism remains the best way for populations to thrive.
Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?
Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.
Taiwan’s War on Fake News Is Hitting the Wrong Targets
The fight on Chinese disinformation has become dangerously partisan.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own—both through violence and diplomacy.
There’s Only One Way for Democracies to Save the Planet
The Netherlands is taking the lead in solving climate change—and proving that the rest of the West is doing democracy wrong.
Mikhail Gorbachev’s Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Miracle
In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money, and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Greatness ensued.
How the Iran Hawks Botched Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
Beginning with special representative James Jeffrey, U.S. officials consistently misread the threat from Turkey.
Afghanistan’s Last Jew Gets Ready for the Taliban—Again
Zabulon Simentov has seen it all, and now, like all Afghans, he must embrace a future filled with uncertainty and violence.
Outfoxed and Outgunned: How China Routed the U.S. in a U.N. Agency
The race for the top job at an obscure U.N. agency tested great-power influence on the world stage—and Beijing coasted into a victory over Washington.
The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya
The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state—and that leaves them at the mercy of militias and human traffickers.
Canada’s Drug Crisis Has a Solution. Politicians Don’t Like It.
Decriminalization saves lives. But Canada is only just accepting that reality—and the United States is even further behind.
Blast From the Past
Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.
Who Lost Turkey?
The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.
At Europe’s Edge, Unwanted Migrants Are Stranded in an Unrecognized Country
Scammed by opportunistic agents, African students seeking a future in the EU have ended up stuck in Northern Cyprus—some of them left for dead.
Vanguards of the Thawing Arctic
After two decades of war in the desert, Canadian troops must relearn how to operate in the frozen north.
All the Presidents’ Meals
America’s laden tables used to wow queens and premiers. But is state dinner diplomacy as outdated as lobster aspic?
Two Eurocrats and Their Trans-Atlantic Quest to Woo Idaho
Ambassadors try to understand more about Trump’s America by seeing it for themselves.
The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds
The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.
Western Officials Ignored Myanmar’s Warning Signs of Genocide
U.S. and U.N. diplomats overlooked atrocity amid hopes of democracy.
Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp
Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.