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Seven Questions: Imprisoned in Iran

Six months ago, Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, went to Iran to visit her ailing mother. She never returned home. Instead, Esfandiari was thrown into prison and accused of endangering national security. FP spoke with Shaul Bakhash, Esfandiari’s husband, about the detention of his wife and three other Iranian-Americans.

The Magic Kingdom’s Wild New Ride

Everywhere you look, it seems, the Middle East is in flames. Yet, almost unnoticed by outside observers, the most conservative country in the region has embarked on a historic journey of reform.

The List: The World’s Top Immigrant Smuggling Routes

Wars, famine, and poverty drive hundreds of thousands of people each year to pull up stakes and head for greener pastures. But those seeking a better life don’t always find themselves welcome in their prospective homes. For this week’s List, FP takes a look at the dangerous routes migrants are using in order to stay one step ahead of the authorities.

Seven Questions: A War Criminal’s Worst Nightmare

As attorney general of Switzerland and now as chief prosecutor for the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Carla del Ponte has taken on some of the world’s worst bad guys: Cosa Nostra of Sicily, the Russian mafia, and the butchers of Rwanda and Yugoslavia. For this week’s Seven Questions, FP spoke with Ms. del Ponte about her past investigations and the prospects for bringing the last few Serbian war criminals to justice.

Europe’s Christian Comeback

Alarmist pundits prophesy that a secular Europe risks being overcome by its fast-growing Muslim population. Yet for all we hear about Islam, Europe remains a stronger Christian fortress than people realize.

The List: The World’s Worst Currencies

Most countries seem to have finally whipped inflation—at least for now. But not everyone is celebrating the world’s impressive economic stability. In today’s List, FP takes a hard look at the soft currencies of some of the most unstable economies on the planet.

The Hidden Pandemic

How crime is quietly becoming a global killer.

The FP Memo: The Endgame in Iraq



What happens when you take a 40-year-old CIA memo on losing a war and replace the word “Vietnam” with the word “Iraq”? The result is a set of conclusions that are just as true today.

The Failed States Index 2007

The world’s weakest states aren’t just a danger to themselves. They can threaten the progress and stability of countries half a world away. In the third annual Failed States Index, FOREIGN POLICY and The Fund for Peace rank the countries where the risk of failure is running high.

Prime Numbers: Pain at the Pump

Drivers grumble about high gasoline prices all over the world. But with oil prices at record highs, many countries are saying goodbye to gas subsidies, making a trip to the filling station more expensive than ever.

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