A Country with Fourteen Psychiatrists

Libya is trying to build a new democracy. But that's a tall order for a society plagued by bad memories.

Portia Walker |

Case Studies

Rebuilding the Police in Kosovo

In the wake of its war with the Serbs, Kosovo faced a yawning law enforcement gap. Here's how the international community helped an embyronic country rebuild its police.

Morgan Greene |


The Missing 50 Percent

There’s no real democracy without full representation for women.

Susan A. Markham |

David Rothkopf

Why America Can't Have It All

Anne-Marie Slaughter is on to something bigger than she realizes.

David Rothkopf |


Build Burma from the Ground Up

Relying only on the state to implement democratic reforms in Burma is a fool’s errand. But there’s a better way.

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |


Debating the Failed States Index

Was this year's ranking of the world's most fragile states on target? Five countries respond.

Adrienne Klasa |


A Matter of Degrees

Do we really want multinational companies selling harmful lifestyles in the developing world?

Hillary Hurd |


General McChrystal's Leadership Lessons for Yale Students

Steve Walt's attack on our professor is way off base.

Lois Farrow Parshley |


The Window is Closing for Riyadh

The oil won’t last forever -- so Saudi Arabia’s government has to reform its economy if it wants to survive.

Robert Looney |


The Ravenous Dragon and the Fruits of Adversity

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |


China's Left Behind Children

Breakneck growth has made China an economic miracle. But will the destruction of families prove to be too high a cost?

Deborah Jian Lee |

Christian Caryl

Lying to Tell the Truth

Saving the world is no excuse for fudging the facts.

Christian Caryl |

In Other Words

Teaching Intolerance

You should see what even first graders have to read in Saudi Arabia.

Eman Al Nafjan |


Back to School

Egyptian and Tunisian classrooms learn to learn in a post-dictator era.

Ursula Lindsey |

In Other Words

The End of History in the New Libya

The Green Book is gone, but what will replace it?

Clare Morgana Gillis |

Slide Show

Qaddafi's Classrooms

A tour of textbooks in Libya -- from the musings of the dictator's Green Book to the "democracy pamphlets" that have replaced it.

Slide Show |

The Optimist

Get an MBA, Save the World

If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company.

Charles Kenny |

Christian Caryl

It's Not Just You, America

Economic inequality is today’s hot-button issue -- whether you live in a wealthy country or a poor one.

Christian Caryl |

The List

The New Crossroads of History

Ten things you didn't know about Turkey.

Andrew Finkel |


Longform's Picks of the Week

The best reads from around the world.

Max Linsky |


16 Ways to Fix Burma

On the eve of the country's historic elections, 16 experts give us their prescriptions for the future.

Arianne Swieca |

Christian Caryl

Lessons for America from the Global War on Sleaze

When it comes to fighting corruption, it turns out there’s a lot that the U.S. can learn from developing countries.

Christian Caryl |


No Teacher Left Behind

The good news is that more kids are in school, and for longer, than ever before. But if we want them to actually learn something, it's time to focus on the teachers.

Charles Kenny |


China's Top Party School

At Beijing's Central Party School, it's a lot more Communist platforms than keg stands.

Dan Levin |


Mind the Gap

Inequality is an increasing problem around the world. But there are cures.

Peter Passell |


Off the Beaten Path

Some of the best economic innovations come from places you wouldn't expect.

Jeffrey Frankel |

Christian Caryl

The Strange Revolution in Bahrain, One Year On

The revolt in little Bahrain is easy to ignore. But it’s actually part of a big global story.

Christian Caryl |

The Optimist

There Will Not Be Blood

Across the world, crime is down -- and in a big way. Are violent movies to thank for less real blood and gore?

Charles Kenny |