Drugs & Crime

Dispatch

Mali's Bad Trip

Field notes from the West African drug trade.

Andrew Lebovich |

Case Studies

Cooling Ethnic Conflict in Guyana's Elections

Guyana's 2001 presidential election left the country deeply divided along ethnic lines. In 2006, they decided to try something new.

Varanya Chaubey |

Argument

Kenya's Most Wanted

The United States must find a way to work with its East African ally, even if it's run by an accused perpetrator of crimes against humanity.

Suzanne Nossel |

FP Explainer

Ice Removal

How easy is it to fence $50 million worth of stolen diamonds?

Scott Andrew Selby |

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 |

Dispatch

Cracks at the Core

It's not jihadists who are threatening to destroy Mali -- it's a massive culture of government corruption.

Tristan McConnell |

Dispatch

Broken Tooth and New Macau

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

Benjamin Carlson |

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 |

Dispatch

Paris Murder Mystery

Who's behind the assassination of three Kurdish women in the heart of the French capital?

Eric Pape |

Argument

The 5 Most Important Questions About Afghanistan

Obama can't shirk the difficult issues when he meets with Karzai this week.

Michael Kugelman |

Argument

Venezuelan Roulette

With Hugo Chávez's health uncertain, narcogenerals and Cuban-backed ideologues are vying for influence in Venezuela.

Roger F. Noriega |

Dispatch

Rough Cut

Nearly all the world's diamonds -- legal or not -- pass through this one Indian city.

Jason Miklian |

Letters

Security Studies

The Honduran ambassador to the United States responds to James Verini.

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

Pirates of the Guinean

How West Africa is replacing Somalia as the new pirate lair.

Thierry Vircoulon |

The List

America’s Exceptional Gun Culture

Four reminders about just how entrenched guns are in American society.

Elias Groll |

Dispatch

Yemen's Rocky Roadmap

Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns? 

Adam Baron |

Case Studies

The Anti-Godfather

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

Laura Bacon |

Dispatch

The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier

As the net flow of immigrants from Mexico nears zero, violent and impoverished Central American countries have emerged as the fastest-rising source of illegal immigrants to the U.S.

Sebastian Rotella |

Backstory

Who Shot A.A.?

Mauritanians are still wondering who fired a gun at their country’s president. What the latest whodunit tells us about the state of democracy in a strategic corner of West Africa.

Alex Thurston |

Argument

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

When the leaders of Mexico and the United States meet for the first time, they'll have a chance to make real progress on issues that have been stalled for decades.

Peter Hakim |

The List

4 Digital Threats to Worry About

From hacktivism to cyberwarfare, the dangers that define the digital age.

Eugene Kaspersky |

Argument

The Orangutan in a Tuxedo

The good news: Colombia is stable. The bad news: Colombia is stable.

James A. Robinson |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Breaking the Grip of the Oligarchs

How a tragic twist of fate is fueling a revolt against Armenia’s overweening tycoons.

Liana Aghajanian |

Slide Show

Murder Most Foul

The world's 10 deadliest cities.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

Prisoners Rule

Welcome to the deadliest city in the deadliest country in the world.

James Verini |

Dispatch

Save Benghazi

How the citizens of Benghazi are pushing back against the killers of a U.S. diplomat many considered their friend.

Christopher Stephen |

Case Studies

Taking on the Gangs in Cape Town

How local officials in a township in post-apartheid South Africa confronted the challenge of gang violence.

Richard Bennet |

Argument

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 |