FP’s Fall 2018 Print Edition: Facing the Future of War


News Story from: 9/12/18

September 12, 2018—Washington, D.C.

Foreign Policy‘s Fall 2018 issue considers the future of warfare.

Anxious discussions about the future of war and the destabilizing impact of novel weapons are hardly new. So why would FP wade into the debate again now?

“The reason,” FP Editor in Chief Jonathan Tepperman writes, “is that this is one of those moments when technology is moving so fast that the old, settled ways of fighting wars are rapidly being overturned. And nobody knows what, exactly, will follow. But we can start by asking the right questions.”

FP‘s writers and editors pose those very questions, ranging from what the next major war could be fought over (spoiler alert: it’s fish) to how to navigate the lawless nature of cyberwar.

“History shows that we humans are pretty good at finding ways to avoid our collective self-destruction, even if the answer often comes at the very last minute,” Tepperman writes. “We can hope for the same today—but only if we face the issues head on, as FP has tried to do with this special issue.”

Selected Contents

A Million Mistakes a Second: Ultrafast computing is essential to modern warfare—and it ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly, writes Paul Scharre, the director of the technology and national security program at the Center for a New American Security.

The Algorithms of August: When it comes to AI, private companies could leave both these Chinese and U.S. governments in the dust, writes Michael C. Horowitz, the author of The Diffusion of Military Power.

The Rise of Cyber-Mercenaries: What happens when private firms have cyberweapons as powerful as those owned by governments? The journalist Neri Zilber reports.

Why the Military Must Learn to Love Silicon Valley: The U.S. Defense Department and big tech need each other, but learning to get along won’t be easy, FP‘s Lara Seligman writes.

Food Fight: The next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish, U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Kate Higgins-Bloom writes.

In Cyberwar, There are No Rules: The world desperately needs digital Geneva Conventions, writes Tarah Wheeler, a New America cybersecurity policy fellow.

The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda: Sharon Weinberger, the author of The Imagineers of War, profiles Andrew Marshall, the Pentagon’s longtime warfare futurist. He has been helping the United States predict conflicts for decades. Can he still see the future?


Beyond the future of war

Swedes Can’t Go Home Again: In the run-up to Sweden’s general election on Sept. 9, one world explains why the country used to feel like a family—and why it now feels adrift, writes Andrew Brown, an editorial writer at the Guardian.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds: In Afghanistan, the militants’ new strategy is to outgovern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working, the researcher Ashley Jackson writes. With photographs by Andrew Quilty.

Germany’s Return of the Repressed: As the far-right and anti-immigrant marches gain momentum in eastern Germany, Yascha Mounk, the author of The People vs. Democracy, says it’s time for left-wing Germans to finally embrace nationalism.

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice: As climate change transforms the world’s far north, coast guards are facing disaster, FP‘s Robbie Gramer reports from the Arctic.

Why Growth Can’t Be Green: New data proves you can support capitalism or the environment—but it’s hard to do both, the anthropologist Jason Hickel argues.

Night at the Museum: Brussels’s new European history museum could put anyone to sleep, the novelist Katherine Marsh writes.


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