A pre-State of the Union guide to Barack Obama's favorite foreign-policy themes -- and how they've evolved over time.
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.
Letting medical professionals and other skilled workers from the developing world emigrate is a good deal for everyone.
Americans created the knowledge economy. So why can't they keep up with it anymore?
The revolution may have left Tahrir Square, but Egypt's education system is boiling with anger.
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.
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?
Save your money, United Nations -- the developing world doesn't need broadband Internet to get ahead.
Actually, the U.S. really should care about its schoolchildren's international competitiveness.
The real schools of Afghanistan and Pakistan look nothing like the fantasy peddled by Greg Mortenson.
In neglecting Tunisia, the Obama administration is missing a historic opportunity to lay the groundwork for the first real democracy in the Arab world.
An FP slide show of Hamid Karzai's tumultuous nine years as president of Afghanistan.
Relax, America. Chinese math whizzes and Indian engineers aren't stealing your kids' future.
It was striking workers that first inspired the Egyptian uprising. And they're still at it.
Southern Sudan's premiere university, relocated to the north during years of civil war, is finally back. Is it up to the task of training a new country's next leaders?
Amid the political turmoil engulfing the Arab world, there's one overlooked problem spot that could easily explode again.
Most of what we know about how the world thinks comes from research on a handful of American undergrads.
Watch out, Silicon Valley: China and India aren't just graduating bad engineers and stealing intellectual property anymore. They're fostering innovations that will shake the world.
On the 20th anniversary of the world's most in-depth country ranking, the U.N. Human Development Index finds that global progress is largely on track. But those left behind are more numerous than ever.
As students around the world head back to school, many of the lessons they're learning are not only false -- they're dangerous.
Sent by Turkey as a check on Western influence as well as Islamist radicalism, Germany's holy men are at the heart of the battle over the future of Islam in Europe.
How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.
The country's universities are moribund and behind the times. Can Moscow's entrepreneurs and philanthropists build something better?
Record stores, Mad Men furniture, and pencil skirts -- when Kabul had rock 'n' roll, not rockets.
Some in India are hoping that inviting in foreign universities will solve the country's higher education crisis. It'll take a miracle.