Drugs & Crime

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 |

Christian Caryl

Plague of Thugs

Why Mideast dictators use hoodlums to suppress dissent.

Christian Caryl |