Development

Argument

Beggaring Thy Neighbors

Poorer countries no longer have rich ones to blame for inequalities in trade. Now they're the ones pulling the strings.

Greg Rushford |

Argument

Egypt's Financial High Noon

Cairo needs to tackle its subsidy addiction. And yes, it’s not going to be easy.

Isobel Coleman |

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Rebuttal

What Bill Gates Got Wrong About Why Nations Fail

Did the Microsoft founder even read our book before he criticized it?

Daron Acemoglu |

Interview

Doctor in a Desperate Land

Why an American has chosen to bind his life to Sudan.

Jeffrey Bartholet |

Lab Report

The House That Chavez Built

Hugo Chávez subordinated the needs of Venezuela’s economy to the imperative of keeping himself in power. Now the job of cleaning up falls to his successor.

Javier Corrales |

Argument

Battle-Tested

Insiders debate America's misfires in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

What Went Right?

Critics of the war are missing the big picture: Afghanistan is much better off today.

Peter Bergen |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

In Box

Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

Ty McCormick |

Interview

Epiphanies from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.

Joshua E. Keating |

The Optimist

The Case for Big Brother

A little government monitoring can be a good thing.

Charles Kenny |

Lab Report

The Kenya Puzzle

In Kenya, progress and dysfunction go hand in hand.

Daniel Branch |

Argument

There is no Indonesia Model for the Arab Spring

Yes, Muslim-majority Indonesia has made a successful transition to democracy. But no, that doesn’t make it an example for the Arab Spring.

Tom Pepinsky |

Argument

Morales Walks the Populist High Wire

Morales talks big populist talk. Here's how it's actually working out. 

Robert Looney |

Christian Caryl

A Place of One's Own

Land is more than real estate. In many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Sneaking in the Back Door

Did Hugo Chávez quietly slip back into Venezuela to die?

Peter Wilson |

Putinology

Putin Declares War on Sleaze

Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.

Anna Nemtsova |

Lab Report

Venezuela's New Era

Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?

Phil Gunson |

Christian Caryl

What George W. Bush Did Right

The 43rd president of the United States did a great thing for humankind -- but most Americans have no idea.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Free Trade or Penalty-Free Crime?

Free Trade Zones are meant to promote trade and improve economies. But they often end up being a cover for crime.

Roger Bate |

Argument

Startup Sovereigns

Statehood ain't what it used to be.

Parag Khanna |

Dispatch

Love Is a Battlefield

Are the Taliban using sex to fight America?

Mujib Mashal |

Dispatch

Death Comes Quietly in Mali

It’s not Islamic radicals or war that’s killing the poor people of the Sahel. It’s something far simpler.

Anna Badkhen |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Measure for Measure

We can make dramatic progress in lowering maternal mortality -- but we need better data, and more of it.

Melinda Gates |

Argument

We Have No Idea if Africa Is Rising

The rise of African economies has been a big subject of debate for FP contributors. But where are they getting their numbers?

Morten Jerven |

Dispatch

Broken Tooth and New Macau

How China crushed the triad gangs and created the world's new gambling Mecca.

Benjamin Carlson |

Gordon Adams

Continental Shift

Why the Pentagon should pay less attention to Africa.

Gordon Adams |