Economics

EXCERPT

Lies, Damned Lies, and Chinese Statistics

Who’s cooking Beijing’s books?

Tom Orlik |

Dispatch

The Clown Prince Across the Water

Could Boris Johnson actually end up as Britain's prime minister?

Alex Massie |

Argument

Lessons Learned from Kenya's Election

Kenya’s general election wasn’t perfect -- but it was peaceful. Here’s why.

Kristin M. Lord |

Argument

The Best of All Possible Bailouts

Don’t listen to Paul Krugman (and definitely don’t listen to Vladimir Putin). The European plan is Cyprus’s best chance for recovery.

Anders Aslund |

Daniel Altman

Trade Coalitions of the Willing

Forget about the WTO. Here's how Obama is about to change the game on free trade.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Why the Color Revolutions Failed

Toppling dictators isn't enough. Successful revolutions also embrace the rule of law.

Melinda Haring |

Dispatch

Mali's Bad Trip

Field notes from the West African drug trade.

Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

Social Warfare

Budget hawks' plans to cut funding for political and social science aren't just short-sighted and simple-minded -- they'll actually hurt national security.

Scott Atran |

Dispatch

Xi Pivots to Moscow

What message is China's new leader sending with his first overseas trip?

John Garnaut |

Argument

The Case for Just-in-Time Immigration

Why America needs a personnel system built for the 21st century.

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg |

Rebuttal

What Bill Gates Got Wrong About Why Nations Fail

Did the Microsoft founder even read our book before he criticized it?

Daron Acemoglu |

Daniel Altman

Hugonomics

Was Chávez good for Venezuela?

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Empire Makes Nice

Is it time for a Venezuela reset?

Michael Shifter |

Argument

Gray Matter

How to fight Chinese cyber attacks without starting a cold war.

Joel Brenner |

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 |