Corruption

Argument

Out With a Whimper

How the technocrat economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left India's economy in tatters.

Sadanand Dhume |

Argument

All Politics Is Economics

How economic reform can save Tunisia.

Mondher Ben Ayed |

Tea Leaf Nation

Party Foul

Being a Chinese bureaucrat isn't as fun as it used to be.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Crawl for the Cause

A Chinese professor bet that officials would disclose their assets -- then lost.

Liz Carter |

Argument

South Africa, Unequal by Design

How Nelson Mandela's legacy is holding South Africa back.

Mike Albertus |

Lab Report

Venezuela’s Glass Revolution

In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.

Juan Nagel |

Argument

Iran's Turkish Gold Rush

At the center of Turkey's corruption scandal is a "gas for gold" scheme that the Obama administration dragged its feet on stopping.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Dispatch

Silent Night

As a security vacuum continues to plague Egypt, the country's beleaguered Christian community fears a rash of kidnappings will only worsen during the holiday season. 

Bel Trew |

Argument

The End of Erdogan?

Why a power struggle over Turkey's deep state could bring down the government.

John Hannah |

Argument

Is Congo Finally Getting Its Act Together?

After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.

James A. Robinson |

Argument

Misunderestimating Corruption

Why sleaze is so hard to calculate.

Peter Murrell |

Argument

The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

How a decades-old fake coup attempt is taking its toll on Tunisia.

Brian Klaas |

Profile

The Police Are Dogs

No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.

Fadil Aliriza |

Dispatch

Press Ganged

India -- the promised land of journalism -- is reeling from scandal, corruption, and sleaze.

Rahul Bhatia |

Christian Caryl

The Desert Versus the Delta

Why democracy is good for the environment.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Down But Never Out

Why Silvio Berlusconi is suddenly popular again.

Gianni Riotta |

Argument

Ceasefire Capitalism

Why Burma's rebels have every reason to be suspicious of government emissaries talking peace.

Francis Wade |

Argument

The Curse of Low Expectations

Lessons for democracy from Madagascar's election.

Brian Klaas |

Lab Report

The Basket Case

One of Europe's biggest countries is on the verge of economic collapse. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

Anders Åslund |

Putinology

In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

Russia's activists are battered and demoralized. But not everyone has given up.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Ukraine's Hostage Crisis

How one woman's fate is derailing Ukraine's European dream.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Rebels, Inc.

For Syria's armed opposition, business has become the key to survival. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean fighting Assad.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Dispatch

Crooked in Caracas

President Nicolas Maduro is promising to knock out graft and corruption. But as election ploys go, this one looks extremely cynical.

Peter Wilson |

Putinology

Maksim's Warriors

How one of Russia's young ultranationalists sees the world.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

A Strange Kind of Victory

Some pundits are celebrating the effort to get rid of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons. But if this is progress, what does failure look like?

Michael Weiss |

Case Studies

The Changemakers

How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.

Rushda Majeed |

Report

Is China About to Crack Down on J.P. Morgan, Too?

An aggressive Beijing could be very bad news for the bank -- and lots of other Western businesses operating in China.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Vote of the Living Dead

Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.

Christopher Walker |

Dispatch

Cold Comfort

Tunisia's first suicide bomber in decades managed to kill only himself. But that's little consolation to a people who are fighting to keep their transition on track.

Asma Ghribi |

Christian Caryl

Tycoon Warning

How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |