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Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

An  ex-president is convicted, England celebrates, and Angela Merkel feeds a penguin.

Slide Show |

Argument

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 |

Argument

Grexit? Spexit? Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Everyone wants southern Europe's troubled economies to go their own way, except for the people who live there.

Edward Hugh |

The List

Romney: Year One

What would happen if you took Mitt Romney's foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

Daniel Drezner |

Argument

Down, but Not Out

Just because Brazil’s growth rates are slowing, doesn’t mean the doomsayers are right.

Albert Fishlow |

Argument

The Global Middle Class Is Bigger Than We Thought

A new way of measuring prosperity has enormous implications for geopolitics and economics.

Shimelse Ali |

Feature

The FP Survey: The Future of NATO

Does the 63-year-old alliance still matter today? We asked politicians, scholars, and other observers from both sides of the Atlantic to weigh in.

Allison Good |

Argument

The No-Show

What's really behind Vladimir Putin's surprising decision to skip the G-8 summit?

Dmitri Trenin |

Argument

Getting Ready for Life after Castro

Managing the transition to a democratic Cuba: A user’s guide.

Jaime Suchlicki |

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

Only Germany Can Save Europe

The euro crisis is back with a vengeance -- and only Berlin can pull the continent from its economic doldrums.

Heleen Mees |

David Rothkopf

Bleak House

Will Europe's crisis get worse before it gets worse?

David Rothkopf |

In Box

Smart Sanctions: A Short History

How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.

Uri Friedman |

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 |

Slide Show

The Many Spendors of Qatar

What the richest country on the planet looks like.

Slide Show |

In Box

The Qatar Bubble

Can this tiny, rich emirate really solve the Middle East's thorniest political conflicts?

Blake Hounshell |

Letters

Occupy This!

An Occupy Wall Street leader highlights the global reach of his movement.

Allison Good |

Argument

Dirty Laundry

If the West really wants to prevent developing countries from laundering money, it can start by cleaning up its own act.

Peter Reuter |

The List

Artful Dodgers

The 6 countries where everyone runs the other way when the tax man comes knocking.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

Decoupling: Ties That No Longer Bind

Emerging market economies have protected themselves from global economic downturns.

Peter Passell |

The Optimist

A Better Bank

Why President Obama's curious nomination for the new chief of the World Bank could turn out to be a smart pick -- and an interesting indication of how aid lending is changing for good.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

Don't Hire This Man

Why Jeffrey Sachs is a terrible choice to be the next head of the World Bank.

Scott Gilmore |

Slide Show

The Chinese-African Union

Why is China spending $200 million for this new over-the-top headquarters for the African Union?

Slide Show |

Argument

Argentina's Dubious Boom

Argentina's economy has been coasting on its past successes. Don't be fooled.

Robert Looney |

Interview

$200 Oil and the Moscow-Beijing Alliance

An exclusive conversation with Nouriel Roubini and Ian Bremmer on the toll of war with Iran -- and why China and Russia just don't care anymore what the United States thinks of them.

Benjamin Pauker |

Dispatch

Is Greece a Failed State?

Not yet. But it’s running out of time -- and money.

Nick Malkoutzis |

Argument

Mind the Gap

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

Peter Passell |

David Rothkopf

Brazil's New Swagger

South America's emerging superpower is coming into its own. But with great power comes great responsibility.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Why Capital Flows Uphill

You wouldn't necessarily expect capital to move from poor countries to rich ones. But that's exactly what seems to be happening in some cases. Here's why.

Peter Passell |