Development

Think Again

10 Million Sardines in a Sea of Skyscrapers

How sprawling megacities -- from Lagos to Mumbai -- might just save the world.

Jonathan Kalan |

Christian Caryl

How to Win the Information War against Vladimir Putin

The best antidote to propaganda isn't counterpropaganda. It's access to accurate information.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Can Ghana's Democracy Save It from the Oil Curse?

Ghana is one of Africa's big economic success stories. But the discovery of oil has confronted it with some tricky problems.

Robert Looney |

Report

Terror Money Crackdown Also Complicates Life for Ordinary Somali-Americans

Rules designed to thwart criminals also disrupt immigrants sending money home.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Venezuela's Middle Ground

Critics charge that Venezuela's anti-government protesters almost exclusively represent the middle class. The reality is more complicated -- and revealing.

Javier Corrales |

Report

What Yellen Didn’t Say

New Fed Chair stays the course, despite criticism that U.S. policies are harming developing economies.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Algeria's New Era

Algeria's long-ruling president is cruising to victory in the polls. But the outside world shouldn't be fooled: The authorities are losing control.

Amel Boubekeur |

Slide Show

In Burma, It's Rehab at Gunpoint

How Burmese rebels are waging war on the opium industry.

Vincenzo Floramo |

Argument

Why India Is Overdue for Economic Reform

If Narendra Modi wins, India's leftists will have no one to blame but themselves.

Shikha Dalmia |

Argument

'Never Again' Isn’t Enough

Slogans won't stop another genocide like Rwanda's. But there are other things that might.

Jonas Claes |

Argument

Let Me Down Easy

It's bad enough the United States is slashing military aid to Afghanistan. Don't shut off the civilian aid spigot, too.

Anja Manuel |

Argument

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 |

Argument

Shoring Up the Fragile State

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

Seth Kaplan |

Argument

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 |