Development

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Buddhism Problem

Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?

William McGowan |

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India, Meet Icarus

Why no one should be surprised that the emerging economic superpower is getting cut back down to size.

Peter Passell |

Case Studies

The City with a Short Fuse

How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.

Rushda Majeed |

Dispatch

Russia’s Bridge to Nowhere

A facelift ahead of this year's Asia-Pacific summit can't mask the fact that Vladivostok, Russia's easternmost city, is slowly dying.

Anna Nemtsova |

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Burma's President Shakes Up the Chessboard

Why the president's cabinet reshuffle portends a new move toward reform.

Larry Jagan |

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Lions on the Move

10 things you don't know about Africa's booming economy.

Susan Lund |

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Weapons of Mass Urban Destruction

China's cities are making the same mistake America made on the path to superpower status.

Peter Calthorpe |

The Optimist

In Praise of Slums

Why millions of people choose to live in urban squalor.

Charles Kenny |

Letters

Failed States Index

The troubling ambiguity of FP's rankings. Plus: Finland comes in last for once.

Adrienne Klasa |

Special Report

The Most Dynamic Cities of 2025

An exclusive look at the 75 powerhouses of the coming urban revolution, brought to you by FP in partnership with the McKinsey Global Institute.

Cara Parks |

Terms of Engagement

The Reformer in Rabat

Is Morocco’s King Mohammed VI the savviest ruler in the Arab world?

James Traub |

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Fiasco in the Levant

Unless the United States gets serious now about its postwar planning, Syria could spin out of control.

James Dobbins |

Dispatch

Our Man in Kigali

For years, Rwanda's budding dictator, Paul Kagame, has gotten away with murder, while winning praise (and billions of dollars) from the West. But is the blind support for this strongman finally drying up?

Anjan Sundaram |

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Smokeless Stoves, Girl-Friendly Schools, and the Bloc That Wasn’t

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 |

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Uncultured

Mitt Romney don't know much about economic history.

Daron Acemoglu |

The New New Normal

The Arabian Horse

Can Egypt's economy deliver on the revolutionary promise of a better future for all?

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Public health activists and pharmaceutical companies are finally joining forces to help developing countries get access to low-cost drugs.

Roger Bate |

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The Bully from Brazil

South America's superpower is shoving its weight around across the continent -- and the natives aren't exactly thrilled.

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky |

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Hired Gun Fight

Obama's aid chief takes on the development-industrial complex.

John Norris |

Case Studies

Rebuilding the Police in Kosovo

In the wake of its war with the Serbs, Kosovo faced a yawning law enforcement gap. Here's how the international community helped an embyronic country rebuild its police.

Morgan Greene |

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Give Mexico a Chance

It wouldn’t actually be that hard to restore Mexico’s economic fortunes -- if the new president is willing to show some backbone.

Robert Looney |

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Not Quite the Holy Grail

The changing global picture of foreign direct investment.

Peter Passell |

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Dereliction of Duty

A new U.N. report has highlighted Rwanda's responsibility for continuing conflict in the Congo. Washington's inaction is an outrage.

Jeffrey Tayler |

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India Singhs the Blues

Why the country will pay the price for its wildly overrated prime minister.

Sadanand Dhume |

Slide Show

Death in the Nuba Mountains

The brutal regime in Khartoum has a new weapon more deadly than bombs: hunger.

Trevor Snapp |

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Burma's Misled Righteous

How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military

Francis Wade |

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The Shots Heard Round the World

Why conservative economists are aghast at radical reforms by Argentina’s central bank.

Rick Rowden |

Dispatch

A Hollow Victory

Yemen's new president claims to have driven al Qaeda from its strongholds. But Yemenis fear the militants will be back.

Adam Baron |

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Mexico's Bright Light

Even as the country around it sinks into a morass of drug-fueled crime, Mexico City has remained surprisingly safe.

Larry Kaplow |

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The Missing 50 Percent

There’s no real democracy without full representation for women.

Susan A. Markham |