As the introduction to a Foreign Policy special issue on the "axis of upheaval", Niall Ferguson writes about why Somalia, Russia, and Mexico (and Iraq, and Iran, and possibly Thailand and Indonesia) will be countries affecting our near future. Economic upheaval has been overlaid on an already combustible mix, and the result is a ready-made conflagration.
- After the Crash, a New Age of Instability (by Niall Ferguson)
- Somalia: The Most Dangerous Place in the World (by Jeffrey Gettleman)
- Russia: Reversal of Fortune (by Arkady Ostrovsky)
- Mexico: State of War (by Sam Quinones)
The last piece, in particular, is must-read. More people died in Mexico’s next-door insurgency last year than did Americans in Iraq.