Economics

Report

Risky Business

Amid political uncertainty in Russia, insurance companies are finding a niche.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

Do Politics Actually Have Any Affect on India's Economy?

In a fevered election battle, India's top candidates are claiming that they -- and only they -- can get the faltering economy back on track. But the data shows they're missing the point.

Ruchir Sharma |

Argument

Why India Is Overdue for Economic Reform

If Narendra Modi wins, India's leftists will have no one to blame but themselves.

Shikha Dalmia |

Dispatch

'There Is No Hope To Get a Better Life'

How Rwanda's remarkable, two-decade march from genocide has left women behind.

Marie Berry |

Argument

How the U.S. Can Help North Africa's Democracy Champion

Tunisia has made it farther down the road to democracy than any other Arab Spring country. That means that it deserves hands-on support from the West -- sooner rather than later.

Isobel Coleman |

Report

Culture of Corruption

How an American agribusiness giant's alleged bribes illustrate Ukraine's endemic graft problem.

Jamila Trindle |

COLUMN

Moneyball and McCutcheon

Actually Mr. Lewis, it's not just Wall Street that's rigged. It's the American system.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

Why Upping the Minimum Wage Requires Immigration Reform

Is Obama pushing a new living wage to try and force the issue of undocumented workers?

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Made in the U.S.A. (Again)

The new industrial revolution won’t be in India or China. It will be right here in America.

Antoine van Agtmael |

Tea Leaf Nation

Mapping China's Economic Activity

Fully half of China's GDP comes from a smattering of major cities, many near the coast.

Yiqin Fu |

Argument

The 2 Percent Doctrine

Is the European Central Bank ready to start tackling the continent’s inflation problem?

Daniel Altman |

Report

Too Much, Too Soon

The International Monetary Fund is giving billions of dollars to Ukraine's cash-strapped government. Will that make the country's new rulers even weaker?

Jamila Trindle |

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 |