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.
Chinese rail is sprawling, modern, and elegant. It's also convoluted, corroding, and financially alarming. Wanna take a ride?
Why more and more parents in poor countries are paying to send their kids to private school.
How development experts have empowered dictators and helped to trap millions and millions of people in poverty.
Mexican society is reeling from an epidemic of organized crime. But now it faces another challenge: taking its economy to the next level.
Jamaican bobsledders have been getting all the attention, but the country's economy has been doing pretty well, too.
Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?
How the trade vs. aid debate shows the different trajectories of Egypt and Tunisia.
Forget ethnic hatred, lack of sea access is the real reason South Sudan is tearing itself apart.
The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.
How a $50 million graft scandal is pushing Malawi even closer to environmental catastrophe.
Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.
From health care to education, what the United States can learn from poorer countries.
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.
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.
Why the market for the global poor isn’t as big as you might think.
After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.
Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?
Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.
Sorry, but the real number of Arab Israelis isn't an existential threat to the Jewish state.
Yanukovych can pick Russia or the European Union. Either way, the economic reforms are coming.
Is the declining value of labor behind the dangerous rise in income inequality?
What crocodile-infested rivers and hovercrafts tell us about how people value their own safety.
If the West doesn't shape up, the rest of the world will just go around it.