Development

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How the U.S. Can Help North Africa's Democracy Champion

Tunisia has made it farther down the road to democracy than any other Arab Spring country. That means that it deserves hands-on support from the West -- sooner rather than later.

Isobel Coleman |

Argument

America the Gentle Giant

How the United States can shape the world without boots on the ground and bombs in the air.  

Kristin Lord |

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Shoring Up the Fragile State

Societies attempting to make the transition to democracy should start by establishing a consensus on basic values.

Seth Kaplan |

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In Defense of the Handout

Are conditional cash transfers really the silver bullet to raising countries out of poverty?

John Norris |

Argument

Mourning a Musical Dissident

The story of Cameroon's late 'Guitar Man,' who spent his life fighting to take down a brutal autocrat.

Alex Gladstein |

Argument

Another Kind of Surge

How the United States can pull Sudan and South Sudan back from the brink of disaster.

John Prendergast |

Argument

The Missing Piece in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Peace

Much has gone right in Afghanistan. It’s more secure, stable, and even optimistic. But there's one final tweak needed before America says goodbye.

James Stavridis |

Feature

High-Speed Empire

Chinese rail is sprawling, modern, and elegant. It's also convoluted, corroding, and financially alarming. Wanna take a ride?

Tom Zoellner |

In Box

Learning Curve

Why more and more parents in 
poor countries are paying to send 
their kids to private school.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

The New Tyranny

How development experts have empowered dictators and helped to trap millions and millions of people in poverty.

William Easterly |

Argument

Mexico on the Brink

Mexican society is reeling from an epidemic of organized crime. But now it faces another challenge: taking its economy to the next level.

Shannon K. O'Neil |

Argument

Is Jamaica Poised for a Turn-Around?

Jamaican bobsledders have been getting all the attention, but the country's economy has been doing pretty well, too.

Robert Looney |

Argument

New Kid on the Block

Can the European Union prove a success at exporting democracy?

Cristina Odone |

Slide Show

The Other Sochi

Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?

Mikhail Mordasov |

Argument

Trading Places

How the trade vs. aid debate shows the different trajectories of Egypt and Tunisia.    

Caroline Freund |

Argument

Locked Out

Forget ethnic hatred, lack of sea access is the real reason South Sudan is tearing itself apart.

Brenda Shaffer |

Case Studies

How Tradition Remade Rwanda

The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.

Daniel Scher |

Dispatch

Climate of Corruption

How a $50 million graft scandal is pushing Malawi even closer to environmental catastrophe.

Ty McCormick |

Argument

Aid Amnesia

Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.

William Easterly |

Christian Caryl

African Growing Pains

Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Case for Aid

It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.

Jeffrey Sachs |

COLUMN

Keeping It Central

From health care to education, what the United States can learn from poorer countries.

Daniel Altman |

Lab Report

Africa's Powerhouse

Why Kenya's economy is the linchpin of a promising new zone of growth in East Africa. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Mwangi S. Kimenyi |

Report

Ragged Edges

The U.S. slammed shut a border crossing to Mexico after 9/11, isolating and starving a village on the other side. The passage reopened in 2013, but stark divisions remain.

Anna Badkhen |

COLUMN

Curb Your Social Entrepreneurial Enthusiasm

Why the market for the global poor isn’t as big as you might think.

Daniel Altman |

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

Burma's Senseless Census

Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |

Argument

Too Much of a Good Thing

Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.

Fotini Christia |

Argument

Israel’s ‘Demographic Time Bomb’ Is a Dud

Sorry, but the real number of Arab Israelis isn't an existential threat to the Jewish state.

Uri Sadot |

Argument

Ukraine's False Choice

Yanukovych can pick Russia or the European Union. Either way, the economic reforms are coming.

Douglas Rediker |