Development

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 |

Dept Of Secrets

Our Man in Havana

Was USAID planning to overthrow Castro?

Peter Kornbluh |

Argument

India's Missing Ingredients

Indian growth is slowing. But there are two key reforms that will help.

Hemal Shah |

Argument

Crying for Argentina

From populism to liberalism and back again: Argentina's economic policy makers are still looking for a formula that works.

Albert Fishlow |

Argument

Mexico's False Dawn

Don't believe all the rosy news about Mexico's rise -- this emerging economy is still stuck emerging.

Larry Kaplow |

Rebuttal

Sorry, but Africa's Rise Is Real

Africa growth skeptics have got it wrong. The continent's rise is very real.

Charles Robertson |

Argument

Daniel Ortega's Reality Check

Nicaragua’s president is the latest Latin American populist to flirt with the market. But his political risks are high.

Robert Looney |

Argument

Indonesia: Stop Chopping, Start Learning

Indonesia has been coasting on its natural wealth for too long. Now it's time to start investing in the country's people.

Jonathan Pincus |

Argument

Can India Defeat Poverty?

A bold new program may show the world the way.

Amanda Glassman |

Argument

Reinventing China, Again

China made it big by saving money. Now it needs to spend it.

Robyn Meredith |

Rebuttal

Poor Choice

The International Finance Corporation responds to Cheryl Strauss Einhorn's investigation into the World Bank's investment arm.

Bruce Moats |

Argument

The Myth of Africa's Rise

Why the rumors of Africa's explosive growth have been greatly exaggerated. 

Rick Rowden |

Review

Gorging on Investment, Choking on Red Tape

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |

Special Report

Rebel Country

Waiting out the coup in Mali.

Peter Chilson |

Investigation

Can You Fight Poverty With a Five-Star Hotel?

The story of how the World Bank's investment arm hands out billions in loans to wealthy tycoons and giant multinationals in some of the world's poorest places.

Cheryl Strauss Einhorn |

In Box

The Baby Menace

Are we too worried about falling fertility rates?

Joshua E. Keating |

In Box

A New Law of Petropolitics

Sorry, Tom Friedman, higher oil prices don't always mean lower levels of democracy.

Joshua E. Keating |

In Box

The Law Still Stands

Why I stand by my arguments about oil and dictatorship.

Thomas L. Friedman |

Letters

BRIC by BRIC

Can these very different countries really manage to work together?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Slide Show

Is It Over Yet?

Haunting photos of a year in the life of the war America is still fighting.

Slide Show |

Argument

Beyond GDP

How our fixation with growth blinds us to broader measures of a society's health -- or lack thereof.

John Norris |