Opening Gambit

Illustration by Andrew Zbihlyj

Putin’s Empire of the Mind

How Russia's president morphed from realist to ideologue -- and what he'll do next.

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Roiling the Waters

Why the United States needs to stop playing peacemaker and start making China feel uncomfortable.

Illustration by O.O.P.S.

Augustine’s World

What Late Antiquity says about the 21st century and the Syrian crisis.

Images: U.S. Library of Congress

How Lincoln Shaped Obama’s World

The morally conflicted world views of the two sons of Illinois.

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Oh, Canada

How America's friendly northern neighbor became a rogue, reckless petrostate.

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In Defense of Leading from Behind

So what if it's a terrible slogan? It's still the right strategy.

ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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

Photo Illustration by FP: Photos By Getty Images

Geek Squad

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

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The Qatar Bubble

Can this tiny, rich emirate really solve the Middle East's thorniest political conflicts?

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After America

How does the world look in an age of U.S. decline? Dangerously unstable.

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Millions May Die … Or Not.

How disaster hype became a big global business.

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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

Life in the vanguard of the new Twitter proletariat.

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So Long, Chicken Little

The 9 most annoying sky-is-falling clichés in American foreign policy.

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Frenemies Forever

How Washington stopped worrying and learned to love Saudi Arabia, again.

Opening Gambit: Moore’s Flaw

Why the tech industry's unbridled optimism won't save the world.

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Best. Decade. Ever.

The first 10 years of the 21st century were humanity's finest -- even for the world's bottom billion.

Illustration by Stephen Kroninger for FP

Bubble Bath

People didn't drown the markets; a bad system did.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY WIND-UP STUDIOS; IMAGE, CORBIS

Bomb Scare

The world has a lot of problems. An exploding population isn't one of them.  

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The Elephant in the Room

The biggest pain in Asia isn't the country you'd think.

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