E-Stonia and the Future of the Cyberstate

Virtual Governments Come Online

Eric B. Schnurer
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By launching an e-residency program, Estonia is leading the way to a new market—one in which states compete for customers just as businesses do.

An Exclusive Interview with Bashar al-Assad

The civil war in Syria will soon enter its fifth year, with no end in sight. On January 20, Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the conflict in this exclusive interview.

Good Luck, Jonathan

John Campbell
Americans tend to think of elections as the apex of democracy. But in some situations, they are the opposite. Nigeria, which will hold elections next month, is a case in point.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: The Perfect Kill

Lawrence D. Freedman
Baer explains that assassination requires dedication, self-discipline, and a degree of intimacy with one’s target—all reasons why he thinks the United States is unlikely to ever do it very well.
Yoel Guzansky and Sigurd Neubauer

This might be the year that changes everything in the Middle East. The reason: a possible thaw in Saudi Arabian–Iranian relations.

Families of 27 Egyptian Coptic Christians workers kidnapped in Libya hold pictures of their kidnapped relatives in Cairo, Januar
Tom Keatinge

The main reason ransom demands have increased so dramatically might be government involvement. On their own, insurers and negotiators want to minimize payouts; banks question multi-million cash withdrawals, and delivery to desolate locations is complex, time consuming, and expensive. Once a government gets involved, however, these barriers are removed.

Michael Singh

Washington should be wary of pinning its hopes on Rouhani’s camp, much less on influencing the regime’s internal struggle.

Tareq Baconi

Israel's new-found gas deposits are being touted as a lifeline for peace in the Middle East. But two recent energy deals in the region are likely to cause more conflict.

Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva, January 2015.
David C. Litt

Syria's civil war will end not with surrender but with a negotiated political solution, since no single actor or group of actors has the firepower to overwhelm its opponents. It's time, then, to start mapping out a peace deal.

Narendra Modi and Barack Obama talk as they walk through Hyderabad House in New Delhi, January 25, 2015.
Peter Martin

India has long seemed unable or unwilling to become a major player on the world stage. But the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is looking to change all that. In order to compensate for a small and weak foreign service, he is tapping into India’s considerable soft power: its emigrants, intellectuals, and yogis.