In "The Dark Side of China's Rise" (March/April 2006), Minxin Pei described a country fraught with corruption, riddled with waste, and crippled by leaders who care more about riches than reform. That portrayal ruffled the feathers of those who believe China is the world's next superpower. Which is it? In this FP Roundtable, a handful of prominent scholars scrutinize whether China is rising or falling.
Albert Einstein claimed he never thought of the future. "It comes soon enough," he said. Foreign Policy decided to not grant 16 leading thinkers that luxury. Instead, to mark our 35th anniversary, we asked them to speculate on the ideas, values, and institutions the world takes for granted that may disappear in the next 35 years. Their answers range from fields as diverse as morals and religion to geopolitics and technology. We may be happy to see some of these "endangered species" make an exit, but others will be mourned. All of them will leave a mark.
The third annual CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index ranks the generosity of 21 rich nations on how they help or hinder the poor. The rich hand out vast sums of foreign aid, but they also put up enormous barriers to trade. They selflessly send soldiers to keep the peace, but then sell arms to Third World thugs. In the end, are the rich doing more harm than good?
The fifth annual A.T. Kearney/Foreign Policy Globalization Index shows that global integration survived the turbulence of the Iraq war, a sharp economic downturn, and the failure of trade talks. Our ranking of political, economic, personal, and technological globalization in 62 countries reveals that the world is still coming together. Find out who's up, who's down, and how they got there.