Economics

Dispatch

A Tale of Two Chávezes

For those who loved and reviled Venezuela's president in equal measure, El Comandante leaves behind two very different legacies.

Peter Wilson |

Argument

Who's Winning the Great Energy Rat Race?

China just passed the United States as the world's leading oil importer. America should be happy to be No. 2.

Robin M. Mills |

Argument

Round One Goes to the Budget Hawks

How the neocons lost the sequester battle -- but maybe not the war.

Christopher Preble |

EXCERPT

Hugo's Banker

How China propped up Chávez.

Henry Sanderson |

Lab Report

The House That Chavez Built

Hugo Chávez subordinated the needs of Venezuela’s economy to the imperative of keeping himself in power. Now the job of cleaning up falls to his successor.

Javier Corrales |

Argument

Why Being So Right Feels So Bad

Why did it take the State Department 10 years and billions of dollars to figure out that Iraq reconstruction was a massive failure?

Peter Van Buren |

Christian Caryl

The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Russia's New Vigilantes

How anti-immigrant passions are shaping Russia's political scene.

Anna Nemtsova |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

The New New Normal

Going South

They've helped bail out southern weaklings. Now Europe's northern countries may be doomed too.

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

In Box

Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

Ty McCormick |

Interview

Epiphanies from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.

Joshua E. Keating |

The Optimist

The Case for Big Brother

A little government monitoring can be a good thing.

Charles Kenny |

Terms of Engagement

A Country Unto Itself

There’s no place like India. Which is precisely why its politics and economy are such a contradictory, beautiful mess.

James Traub |

Lab Report

The Kenya Puzzle

In Kenya, progress and dysfunction go hand in hand.

Daniel Branch |

Argument

While America Slept

How the United States botched China's rise.

Kishore Mahbubani |

Argument

There is no Indonesia Model for the Arab Spring

Yes, Muslim-majority Indonesia has made a successful transition to democracy. But no, that doesn’t make it an example for the Arab Spring.

Tom Pepinsky |

Argument

Morales Walks the Populist High Wire

Morales talks big populist talk. Here's how it's actually working out. 

Robert Looney |

Christian Caryl

A Place of One's Own

Land is more than real estate. In many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity.

Christian Caryl |

Daniel Altman

The United Petrostates of America

Ordinary Americans are about to find out why they call it the “resource curse.”

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Cutting Off Your Nose

The impending sequester won't just do short-term damage to the U.S. government. In fact, it's already hurt it more than you think.

Norm Ornstein |

Argument

Circus Maximus

The upcoming Italian election has everything a casual observer could want. But Italians themselves might not be so lucky.

Gianni Riotta |

Dispatch

Sneaking in the Back Door

Did Hugo Chávez quietly slip back into Venezuela to die?

Peter Wilson |

Putinology

Putin Declares War on Sleaze

Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.

Anna Nemtsova |

Lab Report

Venezuela's New Era

Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?

Phil Gunson |

Argument

Will China Ever Be No. 1?

If you want to know the answer, ask Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew.

Graham Allison |

Feature

Don't Fear the Migrants

What America really needs to worry about is when they stop coming.

Frank Jacobs |

Dispatch

Scotch This Plan

Scotland’s decaying capital city shows why this country is not ready for independence.

Richard J. Williams |

Argument

Concrete Action

How President Obama can get more bang for America's infrastructure renewal buck.

Richard Dobbs |

Argument

The Case for TAFTA

Why Obama's call for a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe could be a game-changer.

Kati Suominen |