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 |


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 |


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 |


Left Behind

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

Mishaal al Gergawi |


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 |


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 |


Is Our Kids Getting Dumber?

Actually, the U.S. really should care about its schoolchildren's international competitiveness.

Kelsey Suemnicht |

Slide Show

Failing Grades

The real schools of Afghanistan and Pakistan look nothing like the fantasy peddled by Greg Mortenson.

Slide Show |


Three Cups of BS

Greg Mortenson's school-building plan was never a good idea.

Alanna Shaikh |


Cup Half-Empty

Why we all wanted to believe what Greg Mortenson was selling.

Mosharraf Zaidi |


Help Tunisia First

In neglecting Tunisia, the Obama administration is missing a historic opportunity to lay the groundwork for the first real democracy in the Arab world.

J. Scott Carpenter |

Slide Show

Solitary Man

An FP slide show of Hamid Karzai's tumultuous nine years as president of Afghanistan.

Slide Show |

Think Again

Think Again: Education

Relax, America. Chinese math whizzes and Indian engineers aren't stealing your kids' future.

Ben Wildavsky |


Egypt's Cauldron of Revolt

It was striking workers that first inspired the Egyptian uprising. And they're still at it.

Anand Gopal |


Welcome to Juba U.

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?

Piotr Zalewski |


Don't Forget Gaza

Amid the political turmoil engulfing the Arab world, there's one overlooked problem spot that could easily explode again.

Salman Shaikh |

In Box

Weird Science

Most of what we know about how the world 
thinks comes from research on a handful 
of American undergrads. 

Joshua E. Keating |


Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America's Lunch

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.

Vivek Wadhwa |


New U.N. Report Reveals a Smarter, Healthier -- Yet More Unequal -- 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.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

The List

The World's Worst Textbooks

As students around the world head back to school, many of the lessons they're learning are not only false -- they're dangerous.

Suzanne Merkelson |


The War Over Germany's Imams

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.

Paul Hockenos |


Countries Without Doctors?

How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.

Kate Tulenko |


Russia's New Privatization

The country's universities are moribund and behind the times. Can Moscow's entrepreneurs and philanthropists build something better?

Julia Ioffe |