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From The Editor In Chief
WHILE IT’S NOT QUITE TRUE that espionage has always been dominated by the professionals—the dozen spies Moses sent into Canaan (as told in Numbers 13) were definitely amateurs, as were Nathan Hale and Mata Hari—it’s certainly been the case since Worl
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How to Win the Rat Race
ALONG AN 18-MILE STRIP OF LAND between the Canadian province of Alberta and its neighbor Saskatchewan, the rat patrol keeps guard. An eight-person team, armed with poison and shotguns, hunts daily for any sign of the rodent invaders. The Alberta rat
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Spooks In The Kremlin
THREE LEATHER-BOUND FOLDERS SHAPE THE WORLD—or Vladimir Putin’s world, at least. Every morning, after his swim and workout, Russia’s president begins work by looking at these three briefing documents: The domestic Federal Security Service (FSB) gives
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How to Win America’s Next War
The era of untrammeled U.S. military superiority is over. If the United States delays implementing a new approach, it risks losing a war to China or Russia—or backing down in a crisis because it fears it would—with devastating consequences for Americ
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The Trump Doctrine
TWO YEARS INTO U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S TENURE, there is still endemic confusion about what, exactly, his foreign policy is. Many critics blame this confusion on the president’s purported inarticulateness. Whatever one thinks of his tweets, howe
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The Manufacturer’s Dilemma
To secure itself, the West needs to figure out where all its gadgets are coming from. Here’s why that’s so difficult.
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The Spycraft Revolution
Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.
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The Oldest Game
INDUSTRIAL ESPIONAGE is as ancient as industry itself—and a frequent accomplice to the rise of empires. From classical Greek cities to modern U.S. corporations, the theft of trade secrets has marked a transfer of power almost as routinely as bloodshe
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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM, SIMON & SCHUSTER, 560 PP., $29.95, FEBRUARY 2019 IN THE LATE 1970S, at the height of the Cold War, a new city sprung up near the border of Ukraine a
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Arms And The Woman
LONG BEFORE THE #METOO MOVEMENT began to spread across the world, women had started playing increasingly prominent roles in armies around the globe, from the United States to Iraqi Kurdistan. It’s no surprise, then, that the literature of war is fina
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What if Israel Threw a Eurovision Party and Nobody Came?
EUROPE IS CURRENTLY STRUGGLING TO REDEFINE ITS TIES to Britain and chafing over its rapport with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. But the continent’s most complicated relationship may be with Israel. Many Israelis still view Europe as a
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Catching China by the Belt (and Road)
WILL THE DEVELOPING WORLD FALL UNDER CHINA’S SWAY? Many policymakers in Washington certainly fear so, which is one of the reasons they have created the new International Development Finance Corp. (IDFC), which is slated to begin operating at the end
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IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE COLD WAR, the Soviet Union needed a foolproof way to encrypt the messages it sent to its allies. This was a daunting task: The previous pinnacle in cryptography, the German Enigma machine, had been cracked. And not only would
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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States DANIEL IMMERWAHR, FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX, 528 PP., $30, FEBRUARY 2019 WHEN MOST PEOPLE PICTURE A MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, they usually envision what is known as the lower 48—the cont
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Michael Anton served from February 2017 to April 2018 as U.S. President Donald Trump’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. He worked previously in the George W. Bush administration and for former New York City Mayor Rudy Gi
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The Case Against Frugal Innovation
Jugaad once symbolized India’s potential, but the endless shortcuts are now holding the country back.
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The Spies Who Came In From The Continent
From John le Carré’s novels to the insatiable popular interest in James Bond, Britain has long enjoyed, and cultivated, an image of producing superior spies. This reputation is based on more than myth. For decades during and following World War II, t
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Our Man: Richard Holbrooke And The End Of The American Century
Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century GEORGE PACKER, KNOPF, 608 PP., $30, MAY 2019 THE LATE RICHARD HOLBROOKE, the American diplomat perhaps best known for brokering the Dayton Accords that brought a truce to the Balkan war
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Editor’s Note
WELCOME TO FOREIGN POLICY’S 10TH ANNUAL SPECIAL EDITION OF GLOBAL THINKERS. A decade ago, in launching the series, FP’s then-editors wrote: “In a year of worldwide economic crisis and dangerous wars, of radical innovation and newfound realpolitik, st
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The Top 10 Of The Last 10 Years
Springtime for Strongmen The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way. By Robert Kagan GT The Strongman THE YEAR 2018 was springtime for strongmen everywhere. It was the year Xi Jinping put an end to collective lead
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The Coming Climate Crisis The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future. By Amitav Ghosh OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES, as the impact of global warming has intensified, the discussion of climate change has spilled out of the
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Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy
ECONOMIC COMPETITION AMONG NATIONS is more of a beauty contest than a footrace. In reality, every economy performs under its own spotlight. By that reckoning, as the new year dawns, it’s already obvious which economy is likely to be crowned Miss Worl
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Broke in Beirut
LEBANON’S OFFICIAL ENTRY for best foreign language film in this year’s Academy Awards is Capernaum (“Chaos”), a masterpiece set in Beirut’s slums. The film is an exquisitely directed story of a destitute boy and the Ethiopian baby he is left to raise
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The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER, YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 328 PP., $30, SEPTEMBER 2018 IT’S A HOBBESIAN WORLD OUT THERE, and only realists thrive. For John J. Mearsheimer, the argument that Washingto
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Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis JARED DIAMOND, LITTLE, BROWN AND CO., 512 PP., $16.99, MAY 2019 UPHEAVAL IS THE CULMINATION of Jared Diamond’s trilogy of books seeking to explain the rise, fall, and recovery of nations. It began in 1
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Who Will Win the Race for AI? China and the United States are leading the pack—and the laggards face grave dangers. By Yuval Noah Harari THE RACE TO DEVELOP ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) is gathering momentum, and as the United States and China pul
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40 & UNDER
The Kindness Quotient Jacinda Ardern is the world’s anti-Trump. By Helen Clark GT Jacinda Ardern PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND JACINDA ARDERN’S SUDDEN, SPECTACULAR RISE to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into h
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Inside the Mind of Planned Parenthood’s New Leader GT Leana Wen PRESIDENT, PLANNED PARENTHOOD PLANNED PARENTHOOD is the leading provider of reproductive health services in the United States and a rallying cry for conservative critics, who want to
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India and the Global Fight for LGBT Rights In striking down a ban on gay sex, the Supreme Court inspired activists across the world. By Frank Mugisha IN SEPTEMBER 2018, LGBT people in India celebrated after the country’s Supreme Court unanimously s
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Last Tango in Shanghai
IN THE DYING YEARS OF COSMOPOLITAN SHANGHAI, as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army marched along its boulevards and Communist Party bureaucrats demanded the keys to its once thriving businesses, one lonely English-language paper still haunted the n
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