Countries around the world are finding that military involvement in private business is a major barrier to reform. But pensioning off CEOs in uniform is easier said than done.
Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.
It's not public-sector deficits that are at fault for the euro crisis -- it's the policies that have enabled the financial sector to wield so much power.
What a Hong Kong shopping complex tells us about the true nature of globalization.
Under the weight of sanctions and eight months of protests, the Syrian economy is starting to buckle. But that doesn't mean business leaders will abandon the regime.
From Angry Birds to crowd-sourced science, the "micromultinational" corporation is here.
How Apple conquered China and learned to think like the Communist Party.
When it comes to bringing electricity to the developing world, small is beautiful.
How the best intentions of the medical community accidentally created an international organ-trafficking underground.
Save your money, United Nations -- the developing world doesn't need broadband Internet to get ahead.
Why cracking down on Afghanistan's opium business won't help stop the Taliban -- or the United States' own drug problems.
An exclusive preview of results from the McKinsey Global Institute study.
If the United States wants to stay competitive in coming years, boosting productivity is the key, finds a new report by McKinsey Global Institute. FP previews the findings exclusively here.
You don't need to be superfast to be super-competitive -- but try telling that to the governments sinking billions into fiber-optic networks.
Barack Obama doesn't want you to know about it, but his administration just made the biggest move in more than a decade to open up Cuba.
Whatever we do, China and India will train more scientists and engineers. But America's still got the best environment for ideas to grow.
Financial access is key to helping the world's poor -- and tech-savvy big banks, not microcreditors, are our best hope for providing it.
Two cell-phone companies in Haiti have outshone the government, the NGOs, and the international community in reconstructing post-earthquake Haiti. How -- and why -- did they do it?
How a notorious Malaysian wildlife smuggler was brought to justice -- and what it tells us about stopping the world's most profitable black market.
Watch out, Silicon Valley: China and India aren't just graduating bad engineers and stealing intellectual property anymore. They're fostering innovations that will shake the world.
Why throwing money at today's clean-energy technologies could keep us from discovering tomorrow's.
What Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen don't get about the new generation of Cuban-Americans.
What Barack Obama should tell the world in his Asia speech.
Is the new crop of hyperrealistic military video games driving home the reality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, or simply exploiting them?
From Beijing to Brighton, billions of people now can't imagine life without supermarkets. But what forces push us, as we push our carts?
What would the world's economics Nobel Prize laureates make of Barack Obama's response to the financial crisis?
China thinks it can withhold its exports of obscure but important minerals to get its way with its neighbors. Why it picked the wrong weapon.