Foreign Policy Releases January/February Issue on ‘The Dispossessed’


News Story from: 1/12/16

January 12, 2016 – Washington, D.C. – Today, Foreign Policy released its first magazine oC1_FP_JANFEB2016 jpegf 2016, tackling one of the most timely and pressing issues of our time: the world’s dispossessed. From Syria to South Sudan, Pakistan to Burma, refugees and migrants are leaving their homes because of deepening wars, rising seas, and feeble economies. Not only has their movement rocked news headlines and political debates in recent months, it has also begun to blur the boundaries between countries and cultures.

Drawing on unique perspectives, this issue of FP examines human endurance and how it shapes the global landscape.


-In the issue’s cover story, journalist Alia Malek, photographer Peter van Agtmael, and artist Josh Neufeld collaborate on a non-fiction comic that documents the journey of 11 Syrians from the doorstep of their unrecognizable homeland to exile in Europe. Read it online:

-Christian Caryl, editor of FP’s Democracy Lab, takes a look at the latest data from the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees and reminds readers that most refugees aren’t flooding Europe; they’re seeking safety in countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Ethiopia that aren’t necessarily equipped to host them. Read it online:

-Journalist Maya Kroth investigates an ultra-conservative Jewish sect, called Lev Tahor, that has moved from Israel to the United States, then to Canada and finally to Guatemala over the past 20 years. Is it hopping borders to escape religious persecution—or to duck accusations of brainwashing, abuse, and child marriage? Read it online:

-Is this a century of dislocated people – or dislocated compassion? Writing from a tiny coastal village turned migrant destination in Senegal, author Anna Badkhen examines how privilege, intolerance, and arbitrary borders dictate who is dispossessed and where they are allowed to go. Read it online:


Other highlights of the January/February issue include:

In his regular column, FP Group’s CEO and editor David Rothkopf declares that it’s the end of an era for white males, who have long dominated global politics and economics. He argues that thanks to the mobility revolution, the majority will soon become the minority, and rather than worrying about ‘others,’ leaders should focus on the ‘all.’ Read it online:

-In the Bay of Bengal’s Sundarbans delta, photographer Jordi Pizarro documents how rising sea levels have left the island of Ghoramara, and the fishers and farmers who’ve lived there for generations, with less than 3 square miles of landmass. See it online:

-Political scientist Erica Chenoweth and former U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes David Scheffer discuss whether violence is necessary to topple a dictator, or if civil resistance can get the job done. You can also listen to this conversation via FP’s Global Thinkers podcast on iTunes:

-Security columnist James Bamford explores the private espionage economy: Are U.S. firms making billions selling spyware to dictators? Read it online:

This issue hits newsstands today. For more information or access to these and additional articles, please visit