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We've had a great year at Foreign Affairs, and we’re delighted to bring you some of its highlights in this collection. Check out our top picks from the Web below and then browse our selections from print here. The whole collection is available for purchase as a PDF or eBook.
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Recent reports have oversimplified the conflict in Mali, hinting that the country hosts a coherent Tuareg separatist bloc and a popular radical Islamist movement. In fact, mainstream Malians love neither. Most of them just want a return to democracy with broader participation and more freedoms -- the precise opposite of what they fear the separatists and Islamists would bring. As long as French assistance helps hold those groups off, it will be welcome.
The collapse of the eurozone no longer seems likely, thanks to its members' decisions to coordinate their fiscal policies more closely. But it is exactly that tighter integration that has made many Euro-skeptic Brits want to opt out of the EU altogether.
Vladimir Putin's unwavering support for the Assad regime in Syria is best explained by his dread of fracturing states and Sunni Islamism -- fears he confronted most directly while brutally suppressing Chechnya's attempted secession from Russia.
Once a police state, Egypt has descended into lawlessness. Crime is on the rise, the black market for weapons is booming, and the police are too lazy or incompetent to do anything about it. Until the country builds an accountable state, Egyptians will continue to take their security into their own hands.
In a little over a decade, Sana’a, Yemen, might become the world’s first capital to run out of water, turning its millions of citizens into water refugees. A major cause: the cultivation of qat, a mild narcotic plant that takes unusually large amounts of water to farm and to which much of Yemen's population is addicted.
Autocratic and anachronistic, the Gulf monarchies have nevertheless been remarkably resilient. But it would be a mistake to think they are somehow invincible in the face of mounting pressure -- from Western governments, from Iran, and even from each other.
China is facing a shortage of workers, which will make governing and encouraging economic development considerably more challenging. The country will have to adapt slower growth, its entrepreneurs and tax collectors will have to get used to less income, and multinational corporations will have to learn to live with more expensive labor.
In India, notions of dating and romance are transforming. More young people than ever expect to choose their own partners, but joblessness and other economic woes prevent them from taking control of their own lives. And that makes India’s sexual revolution a rather tense affair.