Finance

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The Trillion-Dollar Bureaucrat

He may be the most important central banker in the world. But is China's Zhou Xiaochuan really in charge?

Neil Irwin |

Terms of Engagement

The African Century

The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?

James Traub |

Dispatch

Rubles in the Sun

Is Vladimir Putin the big winner of the Cypriot banking crisis?

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

China’s Glass Ceiling

Sure, the Middle Kingdom is becoming a superpower, but it's always going to be No. 2.

Geoff Dyer |

Argument

Beyond Business: Rethinking Microfinance

Banking can do more good for the poor than only helping entrepreneurs.

Timothy Ogden |

Argument

The Final Frontier

For savvy investors looking to diversify their portfolios, there’s only one place left to go: sub-Saharan Africa.

Todd Moss |

Argument

The Best of All Possible Bailouts

Don’t listen to Paul Krugman (and definitely don’t listen to Vladimir Putin). The European plan is Cyprus’s best chance for recovery.

Anders Aslund |

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Hugo's Banker

How China propped up Chávez.

Henry Sanderson |

The New New Normal

Going South

They've helped bail out southern weaklings. Now Europe's northern countries may be doomed too.

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

Argument

Cutting Off Your Nose

The impending sequester won't just do short-term damage to the U.S. government. In fact, it's already hurt it more than you think.

Norm Ornstein |

Argument

Will China Ever Be No. 1?

If you want to know the answer, ask Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew.

Graham Allison |

The New New Normal

Escape Velocity

The president's State of the Union address is the best place to focus responsibility and re-launch the American economy. Because the real problem is Washington. 

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

Daniel Altman

The Chinese Union

Could China and Hong Kong create a common currency?

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Wisdom of the Market

Forget politics and ideology. It's the Dow that should guide America's path to renewed prosperity.

Peter Blair Henry |

Argument

Startup Sovereigns

Statehood ain't what it used to be.

Parag Khanna |

Argument

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Why the world needs better data.

Uri Dadush |

David Rothkopf

The Next Appointments

Obama is about to name a new international economic team. Will he use this opportunity wisely?

David Rothkopf |

Daniel Altman

Why Can't Europe Save Itself?

The eurozone will be forever crippled unless it becomes a real currency union -- like the United States.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Rising Sun

What if Japan actually gets its economic act together?

Robert Dujarric |

Daniel Altman

Size Isn’t All That Matters

What's lost in all the talk about America's debt problem.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Greek Depression

Think Greece's failing economy has been saved from the abyss? Think again.

John Sfakianakis |

Argument

A New U.S. Grand Strategy

Why walkable communities, sustainable economics, and multilateral diplomacy are the future of American power.

Patrick Doherty |

Dispatch

Is This Any Way to Treat Your Banker?

China recoils in horror at America's fiscal dysfunction.

Shen Dingli |

Daniel Altman

9 Stories That Will Move Markets in 2013

From the U.S. deficit to Mideast turmoil, the issues that could have the biggest impact on the global economy in the coming year.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Moving On Up

Turkey is now a solidly middle-income state. But there are still plenty of roadblocks on the path ahead.

Hilton L. Root |

Daniel Altman

Cameron's Leap Off the Fiscal Cliff

Britain embraced austerity instead of following the advice of its own economic giants. What was David Cameron thinking?

Daniel Altman |

Daniel Altman

The Self-Driving Economy

Will we even need central bankers in a few more years?

Daniel Altman |

The List

The New Breakout Nations

Forget the BRICs. Meet seven unheralded countries to watch.

Ruchir Sharma |

Argument

Southeast Asia's Economic Poster Child Is Stalling

How the Communist Party is fiddling while Vietnam burns.

Ben Bland |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |