Education

Review

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best reads from around the world.

Max Linsky |

Feature

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 |

Argument

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 |

Dispatch

China's Top Party School

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

Dan Levin |

Argument

Mind the Gap

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

Peter Passell |

Argument

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 |

Argument

The Little Economy That Could

If you're looking for an unlikely economic success story, you can hardly do better than Mauritius.

Jeffrey Frankel |

The List

The Harvard of Hong Kong, and 8 Other Great International Schools

Didn’t get into the college of your dreams? Don’t want to bankrupt your parents? Here’s where to go.

Lois Parshley |

Case Studies

The Battle for Bihar

Sleaze still plagues India. But one place is fighting back.

Sudip Mazumdar |

The List

The Complete Obama

A pre-State of the Union guide to Barack Obama's favorite foreign-policy themes -- and how they've evolved over time.

Uri Friedman |

Review

Girl Power and the Fragility Trap

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 |

The Optimist

Doctors Without Borders

Letting medical professionals and other skilled workers from the developing world emigrate is a good deal for everyone.

Charles Kenny |

Feature

Left Behind

Americans created the knowledge economy. So why can't they keep up with it anymore?

Mishaal al Gergawi |

Dispatch

Hot Teachers

The revolution may have left Tahrir Square, but Egypt's education system is boiling with anger.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous |

The Optimist

Green Shoots in the Killing Fields

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo believe there's hope for their war-torn country even if no one else does -- and their optimism is starting to get results.

Charles Kenny |

Dispatch

The Big Test

Does China's nerve-racking gaokao college-entrance exam really identify the country's best and brightest, or is it even sillier and more unfair than the SAT?

Christina Larson |

The Optimist

No Need for Speed

Save your money, United Nations -- the developing world doesn't need broadband Internet to get ahead.

Charles Kenny |