Economics

Argument

Russia's Window of Opportunity in Ukraine

If Putin wants to make a grab for Ukraine's east and south, he'll need to move soon.

Pavel Felgenhauer |

Putinology

Worlds Apart

Russians are celebrating Crimea's return. The West is bent on punishing Moscow. And Ukrainians are feeling more besieged than ever.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

Slow Burn

Western sanctions aren't having an immediate impact on Russia, but they could gradually make Moscow's economic woes much worse.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

China's Empty Cities and the Law of Supply and Demand

Why Beijing needs to keep on building, snarky bloggers be damned.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

A War of Escalation

More sanctions are coming, and more pain will be imposed on Moscow. But does the West have the stomach for the battle?

Dmitri Trenin |

Christian Caryl

SEALed and Delivered in Libya

President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Out of the Red and into the Black

Is China's debt problem really under control?

Arthur Kroeber |

COLUMN

Spiteful Faces and Suicidal Tendencies

In squabbling over aid to Ukraine, the GOP is only making America more feckless and impotent.

James Traub |

Christian Caryl

Dropping the Political F-Bomb

Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

High-Speed Empire

Chinese rail is sprawling, modern, and elegant. It's also convoluted, corroding, and financially alarming. Wanna take a ride?

Tom Zoellner |

Report

Cutting Off Your Nose

Making Russia an enemy in the fight against criminal finance could be costly.

Jamila Trindle |

Feature

The Coming Revolution in Orbit

How space went from a superpowers-only club to a DIY playground.

Zach Rosenberg |

In Box

The Slow Track to Happiness

Religion makes you poorer. It also makes you happier. If you think that's a contradiction, you're wrong.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

The New Tyranny

How development experts have empowered dictators and helped to trap millions and millions of people in poverty.

William Easterly |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Bringing the Pain

Can sanctions hurt Putin enough to make him give up Crimea?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Argument

Old People Are Sucking Us Dry

Why senior citizens are bankrupting America.

Daniel Altman |

Report

Market Correction

The Obama administration hoped global markets would punish Russia. It's not happening.

Elias Groll |

Christian Caryl

Rescue Me!

Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

Get Real

Brazil's economic party ended well before the World Cup was set to begin. What went wrong? 

Daniel Altman |

Report

After the Revolution

Ukraine's new leaders took down a president. Can they rebuild their country?

Jamila Trindle |

Feature

Demolition Man

Italy's new 39-year-old prime minister is in a race against time to save his country. Will Rome destroy him first?

Gianni Riotta |

Report

The Loan That Launched A Crisis

The Ukrainian conflict isn't just about politics.

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Hey Ukraine, That Crackdown Is Gonna Cost You

With Kiev in flames, the West hopes sanctions will force the Ukrainian government to put down its guns.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Mexico on the Brink

Mexican society is reeling from an epidemic of organized crime. But now it faces another challenge: taking its economy to the next level.

Shannon K. O'Neil |

Argument

Muting the Noise

How the media make us all bad investors.

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

Head in the Sand

How long can Venezuela's president pretend not to see the economic ruin his policies have created?

Peter Wilson |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Good Neighbors

Why the United States needs strong ties with Canada and Mexico -- now more than ever.

Shannon O'Neil |

Report

Iran's Black Gold

A spike in Iran's oil exports raises fears Tehran will be less likely to cut a permanent nuclear deal.

Keith Johnson |