Corrupt Democracy

Should the Barack Obama administration keep giving aid to the corrupt government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai? Kenyan whistle-blower John Githongo tells FP why pluralism and freedom will never thrive when everyone from officials to cab drivers are skimming off the top.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


A Changed Climate Skeptic?

Bjorn Lomborg has long infuriated environmental activists with his contrarian views on global warming. Has he now embraced their cause?

Elizabeth Dickinson |


The Billionaire Prince

Saudi Arabia's Al-Waleed bin Talal is back in the spotlight for allegedly being one of the financiers behind the planned Islamic center in downtown Manhattan. Here are 10 things that you should know about the colorful royal.

Simon Henderson |

Photo Essay

India's Hidden War

Inside the resource conflict you haven't heard about.

Photo Essay |

In Other Words

The World's Iacoccas

The celebrity business bio is no longer a U.S. phenomenon. 

Clare Sestanovich |

In Other Words

Bed, Bath & Bribes

IKEA's struggle to do business in Putin's Russia.

Alexander Osipovich |

In Other Words

The Global Dream

With the global rise of the celebrity CEO, some new stories are being told.

Michael Skapinker |


Fire in the Hole

How India's economic rise turned an obscure communist revolt into a raging resource war.

Jason Miklian |

In Other Words

Slumdog Billionaires

Two autobiographies show how India's new Rockefellers made it big.

Sadanand Dhume |



Eric Schmidt tells FP what makes a city smart, how not to lose $1 trillion -- and the one place he's never been.

Christina Larson |


Don't Try This at Home

You can't build a new Silicon Valley just anywhere.

Margaret O'Mara |


Who Killed the Climate Bill?

We asked the experts who is to blame.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Papandreou’s Odyssey

The Greek prime minister has gone from leader of the socialist party to wielding the axe against entitlements -- and his long journey has just begun. In an exclusive interview, George Papandreou looks to the future and talks to FP about the Herculean tasks ahead.

Benjamin Pauker |

Failed States

Who Else Is to Blame?

From security short falls to lack of government accountibility, Mo Ibrahim, Paul Wolfowitz, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Bruce Babbitt, and Raymond C. Offenheiser explain those contributing factors that cripple societies and inevitably keep failed states failing.

Andrew Swift |

FP Explainer

Are Rare Earth Elements Actually Rare?

Not if you're willing to dig for them.

Charles Homans |


From Land Mines to Copper Mines

Will Afghanistan's mineral wealth rescue the country from decades of instability and poverty? It just might -- and here's how.

Michael L. Ross |



Politicians, oilmen, and green-energy boosters love to invoke the idea of energy security. None of them know what they're talking about.

Michael Levi |


Countries Without Doctors?

How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.

Kate Tulenko |


Russia's New Privatization

The country's universities are moribund and behind the times. Can Moscow's entrepreneurs and philanthropists build something better?

Julia Ioffe |


Europe Bought Time and Not Much Else

The bailout may soothe markets, but it won't fix the fundamental problems that have pushed Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Italy to the brink.

Uri Dadush |


Don't Panic, Go Organic

Be not troubled by Robert Paarlberg's scaremongering. Organic practices can feed the world -- better, in fact, than wasteful industrial farming.

Anna Lappé |


Goldman Envy

Wall Street's copycats are even worse than the original.

Suzanne McGee |

In Box

Epiphanies: Jacqueline Novogratz

When Jacqueline Novogratz first traveled to Africa in 1986, she meant business -- the serious business of sharing her entrepreneurial know-how with the poor. Now, the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm that works in developing countries, tells FP why she first went abroad and why it's time to end the culture of handouts.  

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Africa's Cyber WMD

Think that Russia and China pose the biggest hacking threats of our time? The virus-plagued computers in Africa could take the entire world economy offline.

Franz-Stefan Gady |


Japan's Hunt For Whaling Rights

Is Tokyo buying support for its right to catch whales?

Christian Dippel |


Uribe Checks Out

Washington's most reliable ally in Latin America, the Colombian president, is on his way out. That's a good thing.

Adam Isacson |


China's Hacker Army

The myth of a monolithic Chinese cyberwar is starting to be dismantled. A look inside the teeming, chaotic world that exists instead -- and that may be far more dangerous.

Mara Hvistendahl |


A Light at the End of the Tunnel in Congo

Yes, it may look like the worst hell on Earth. But there are signs that the decades-long resource war in Central Africa could be shifting for the better -- if only the West stops bankrolling it.

John Prendergast |


How Locavores Could Save the World

The latest yuppie craze could do more than just cut emissions -- it might also help feed the poor.

Felix Salmon |