Development

Argument

Decline Is a Choice

The West has nothing to fear but fear itself.

Hubert Védrine |

Case Studies

The Anti-Godfather

How a mayor set out to save a Sicilian city from neglect and Mafia influence.

Laura Bacon |

Christian Caryl

Barbarians at the Gate

Are Russia and China trying to take over the Internet? Probably. But so far they aren't having much luck.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Egypt's Economy: The Downside to Growth

Mubarak may be gone, but his economic policies still haunt Egyptians.

Magda Kandil |

Argument

The Migrant Money Machine

The developed world could make a big difference to the global economy simply by helping migrants to do what comes naturally: send money home.

Peter Passell |

Argument

How to Cope with Windfall Wealth

Mongolia has been doing a remarkable job of managing a natural-resource bonanza. But dangers still lie ahead.

Peter Murrell |

Dispatch

In Rebel Country

How did 1,000 skinny militiamen in rubber boots conquer a city of 1 million people in a matter of hours?

James Verini |

Slide Show

The FP Survey: The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd

FP's Global Thinkers weigh in on the year gone by and what's on the horizon for 2013.

Slide Show |

Argument

The Lady and the General

Meet the political odd couple driving democratic reform in Burma.

Kurt M. Campbell |

Argument

Why Birth Control Is Still a Big Idea

Contraceptives empower women -- and that's good news for the global health and development agenda.

Melinda Gates |

The List

The Best Small Ideas of 2012

In our search for dramatic solutions to poverty, we sometimes miss the small innovations that could make a big difference in reducing inequality.

Tina Rosenberg |

The List

Rise of the MOOCs

The Internet is revolutionizing universities, giving pretty much anyone, anywhere access to a world-class education. Here are seven massive online open course providers you need to know about.

Ty McCormick |

The List

The New Breakout Nations

Forget the BRICs. Meet seven unheralded countries to watch.

Ruchir Sharma |

The List

Printing Innovation

Seven 3D-printable objects that will change the world.

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

Turkey's Weakest Export

Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.

Gamze Coşkun |

Daniel Altman

Turning Japanese

Is this the end of the South Korean miracle?

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Africa Surprise

From deadly cross-border conflicts to emboldened terrorist franchises, Barack Obama will confront a host of challenges in Africa during his second term.

John Prendergast |

Slide Show

The Hu Era, in Pictures

In 10 years under Hu Jintao, China has changed to an extent unprecedented in history.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Back to Africa

If Barack Obama is reelected, he'll have to deliver on his promises to Africa -- and act more like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele |

Argument

Prosperity Isn't Just a Matter of Wealth

Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.

Peter Passell |

Profile

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

Photo Essay

Vanishing Shanghai

Meet the people left behind amid the boom in China's largest city.

Howard W. French |

Argument

Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Pick

China's most famous dissident never wanted the honor.

Yu Jie |

David Rothkopf

The Third Industrial Revolution

Why yesterday's plan for the economy won't work for tomorrow.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

These 7 Countries

The rise of China and India has long since become a cliche. In fact, neither country has done all that well since the crash of 2008 -- but these emerging powerhouses have cleaned up.

Joshua E. Keating |

Slide Show

Murder Most Foul

The world's 10 deadliest cities.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

The Changing Face of AIDS

The people most at risk today are not always who you'd expect.

Joshua E. Keating |

The Optimist

Work More, Make More?

The case against long hours.

Charles Kenny |