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Prospects for a Post-Maduro Venezuela

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.25.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Over the past several weeks, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have crossed the previously closed border with Colombia to purchase the basic necess...

Historic Belgium Treaty Could Save Afghanistan

Wahab Raofi | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

World leaders and NATO allies at the 2016 Warsaw Summit can pledge their "long-term commitment to Afghanistan through the Enduring Partnership," but it won't change a thing.

A Nation Without Qualities

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

In this sharply witty and insightful novel, Morris Berman depicts a version of choosing the "monastic" option, introduced in The Twilight of American Culture. Put the iPhones down, log out of Facebook. Take a couple of hours and have a coffee, listen to some classical music and read the New York Times.

A Sword Hangs Over Afghan President's Head

Wahab Raofi | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

The seeds of revolution are sprouting in Afghanistan, but President Ashraf Ghani can escape the Sword of Damocles by changing his trajectory and giving the provinces more freedom to self-govern.

Why India needs Pakistan for Its identity

Haroon Khalid | Posted 02.06.2017 | World
Haroon Khalid

I first visited India in 2011, a country that I had long romanticised in my imagination. I had envisioned India to be everything Pakistan is not - sec...

Is Kenya at 50 Teetering on Failed Statehood?

Washington Osiro | Posted 11.19.2016 | World
Washington Osiro

At the risk of stating the obvious, there is a strong relationship between peace and stability on the one hand and strong/effective governance on the other.

Why Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal Has Proven to Be Counterproductive

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
Raza Habib Raja

One of the most drummed up things in the national media about Pakistan is its nuclear arsenal. A state which by all accounts has failed to deliver even the basic necessities is being widely projected as one of the most important states by the right-wing intelligentsia.

Where Population Poses The Greatest Challenges

Robert Walker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Robert Walker

Poverty is a pervasive concern in high fertility countries. The world has made progress in reducing severe poverty, but it's been exceedingly slow in countries where population growth rates remain high. While family planning can reduce demographic vulnerability, developing countries also require other forms of assistance.

How Venezuela Will Be the Ukraine of 2015

John A. Tures | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

A focus on the Middle East, Russia and East Europe, and East Asia is always warranted. But it would be a mistake for the United States to ignore events in its own hemisphere, especially as we've seen what happens when a problem isn't addressed until it is too late.

The Fallacy of Failed States

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

A critique of the annual Failed (Fragile) State Index by Fund for Peace "There is no steady unretracing progress in this life; we do not advance th...

Fragile States/Fragile Families

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

Behind every country that erupts into civil war, falls victim to famine or flubs in respond to a natural disaster is a government that has failed to protect its citizens.

Will Civilization Collapse, or Evolve?

Richard Steiner | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

What is now at risk is the functional integrity of the only biosphere we know, and the very continuation of civilization. And yet, we seem numb to this unprecedented threat. Will modern civilization evolve to become egalitarian and sustainable, or collapse?

Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Zaman Stanizai

In the annals of U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan stands as a typical case where a flawed military strategy has sidelined viable political solutions. Washington incentivized war through perks and privileges, and four-star promotions and undermined peace efforts. The U.S. has had a war strategy, but no political strategy or a clear exit strategy.

Congo: The Patchwork Country

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Obadias Ndaba

When the United Nations troops and Congo's ragtag army defeated the M23 rebels last November, only those who don't understand the complexities and anatomy of Congo's tragedy could celebrate.

Mali's Struggle: Not Simply of Their Own Making

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Despite formally handing over power on April 12, however, the junta continued to arrest opponents and still wields considerable influence. Scattered fighting between rival armed forces erupted in the capital last week.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Mexico Drug War a Lost Cause as Presently Fought

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Goodman

There's a powerful new piece of evidence that the war on drugs on the Mexican-American border is a lost cause.

Fresh Flooding In Pakistan Forces Hundreds Of Thousands To Flee

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The floods tearing through Pakistan's breadbasket have further weakened this already unstable country, inflicting more economic...

Yet Another Blind Spot in the Afpak Analysis?

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saskia Sassen

Pakistan's ranking as one of the worst failed states robs the country's often courageous civil society struggles from international support and visibility precisely when they need it most.

The Color of Failed States

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

What do we make of the cover of Foreign Policy magazine's latest issue, The Committee to Destroy the World? Our foreign policy -- and Foreign Policy -- could perhaps benefit from a little more honest introspection.

Dealing with Failed and Failing States

Rob Crilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Crilly

Fragile states move in and out of world attention - forgotten and neglected until an al Qaeda operative emerges from a training camp or a natural disa...

The California as First "Failed State" Debate: Schwarzenegger, Davis, Whitman, and Jerry Brown

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Is California America's first "failed state?" I asked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; the governor he replaced, Gray Davis; and a famous former governor favored to be the next governor, Jerry Brown.

Empire of the Sunset

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Sometimes, I really miss America -- or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor,...

Haiti: The Spectacle

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Koehler

The obscenity of this viewing moment -- microphone aimed at the rubble -- has nothing to do with the ethics of the profession, or "ethics" at all. It's infinitely bigger. It' about our relationship to poverty.

Climate Terror: Global Warming, Failed States, and the Rise of Terrorism

Colin J. Fleming | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Colin J. Fleming

Sadly, the threat of untold misery enveloping the developing world didn't force the West to take climate change seriously. Perhaps the threat of terrorism will.