FP releases January 2018 Print Edition: Can We Fix This?


News Story from: 1/16/18

January 16, 2018 – Washington, D.C.

In Foreign Policy’s first edition of 2018, our writers and editors ask: What are the world’s biggest problems? And how can we solve them?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the toughest obstacles we face — from natural disasters to slowing economies to a nuclear North Korea — already exist. You just need to know where to look.

The Answers Are Out There: In this edition’s cover package, experts from diverse disciplines prescribe unexpected approaches to seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Hoover Institution researcher Alice Hill — whose work focuses on building resilience to destabilizing, catastrophic events, including the impacts of climate change — writes about how nations can limit the damage from massive natural disasters by following Japan’s lead. Michael Pettis, a finance professor at Peking University, argues that the only way Beijing can keep growing is to dump its debt. John Delury, an expert on China and North Korea, explains how to normalize relations with the Hermit Kingdom. Tomicah Tillemann, a blockchain expert, argues that high-tech cryptocurrencies can help end corruption. Pulitzer Prize winner Laurie Garrett challenges the pharmaceutical industry to rethink its focus on profits. And Ruchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, looks at where the next global economic downturn could come from (and explains how to avoid it). Illustrations by Adam Simpson.

For further information, please contact Caitlin Thompson at Caitlin.Thompson@foreignpolicy.com, 202-457-7939.


Included in the Issue 

The Islamic Republic of Hysteria: Longtime FP columnist Stephen M. Walt takes on the mainstream U.S. foreign-policy community’s risible, misplaced obsession with countering Iran.

ISIS Inc.: Despite its defeat on the battlefield, the Islamic State is using Iraq’s black market to stockpile millions of dollars to fuel its coming insurgency, write Renad Mansour of Chatham House and Hisham al-Hashimi of the Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies.

An Emissary to Tyranny: Ty McCormick, FP’s Africa editor, and Tendai Marima, a reporter based in Harare, describe how Zimbabwe’s government uses race-baiting to undermine U.S. policy there.

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism: Barack Obama, Thomas Friedman, E.O. Wilson, and many other thinkers have warned that the growing tribalism of Western politics is dangerous. Princeton University anthropologist Lawrence Rosen explains why they’re all wrong.

Fantasy Island: Exporting British Columbia’s abundant oil and gas should have been easy — or at least doable. Reporter Saul Elbein and photographer Jim McAuleyinvestigate how the multibillion-dollar dream went up in smoke. This reporting was made possible in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Twilight of the Kurds: Kurdish officials once dreamed of using the fight against the Islamic State to forge their own country. Yet the Kurds are now fighting for their very survival. Joost Hiltermann and Maria Fantappie of the International Crisis Group describe what happened.

Edward Lansdale and America’s Vietnam Demons: Carter Malkasian of the U.S. Army War College reviews journalist Max Boot’s new biography of CIA officer Edward Lansdale, the “T.E. Lawrence of Asia.”

Newton’s Last Discovery: Mumbai-based journalist Supriya Nair reviews Newton, a wry, tightly wound film about the absurdities of Indian democracy.

These stories and more are available today at www.foreignpolicy.com/the-magazine.

For further information, please contact Caitlin Thompson at Caitlin.Thompson@foreignpolicy.com, 202-457-7939.