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.
Why did it take the State Department 10 years and billions of dollars to figure out that Iraq reconstruction was a massive failure?
The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.
How anti-immigrant passions are shaping Russia's political scene.
They've helped bail out southern weaklings. Now Europe's northern countries may be doomed too.
How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.
Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.
There’s no place like India. Which is precisely why its politics and economy are such a contradictory, beautiful mess.
Yes, Muslim-majority Indonesia has made a successful transition to democracy. But no, that doesn’t make it an example for the Arab Spring.
Morales talks big populist talk. Here's how it's actually working out.
Land is more than real estate. In many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity.
Ordinary Americans are about to find out why they call it the “resource curse.”
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.
The upcoming Italian election has everything a casual observer could want. But Italians themselves might not be so lucky.
Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.
Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?
Scotland’s decaying capital city shows why this country is not ready for independence.
How President Obama can get more bang for America's infrastructure renewal buck.
Why Obama's call for a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe could be a game-changer.
Free Trade Zones are meant to promote trade and improve economies. But they often end up being a cover for crime.
The president's State of the Union address is the best place to focus responsibility and re-launch the American economy. Because the real problem is Washington.