Finance

The List

The Arab Recession

They may be cheering for democracy, but for most countries affected by the Arab Spring the economic news will have them crying.

Ty McCormick |

Slide Show

Europe's Economic Meltdown: How Did We Get Here?

A look back at the missteps and bailouts, in pictures.

Cameron Abadi |

Feature

A Continent, Sinking

Europe's financial crisis is a Titanic moment, threatening to bring down not only the EU's major economies, but its political raison d'être. Is it too late to save the ship?

Steven Erlanger |

The Optimist

The Price Is Right

How the world can buy its way out of poverty for just $100 billion.

Charles Kenny |

The Optimist

Paperwork Tigers

The developing world can do fine without more regulation, thank you very much. In fact, it can do better.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

A Bond for the Homeland

Migrants send billions of dollars home each year; they also save a lot, too. Instead of stuffing cash under the mattress, the developing world's diaspora could do a lot more good if they invested in their homeland. 

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala |

The List

Who’s in the Running to Run the IMF?

A look at the race to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Joshua E. Keating |

The Optimist

Don't Mess With Taxes

Sorry, Tea Partiers -- taxation isn't the source of America's ills, and your income has more to do with dumb luck than hard work.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

Bring Back Bretton Woods

It's time for a rebirth of the world's top financial institutions.

Biagio Bossone |

Argument

Identification, Please

In the developed world, high-tech personal IDs are the stuff of Orwellian dystopia. But for everyone else, they could be a path to a happier, healthier, less precarious life.

Jamie Holmes |

Argument

Dam Nation

When Beijing counts hydropower as "green energy," it's doing the environment -- and its economy -- no favor.

Peter Bosshard |

In Box

BRICs: A Short History

How did a Wall Street buzzword coined by Goldman Sachs become a powerful new bloc in world affairs?

Blake Hounshell |

In Box

Epiphanies from Jim O'Neill

The chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management talks BRICs.

Blake Hounshell |

Slide Show

Echoes of Belgrade

From Minsk to Cairo, the nonviolent democratic uprisings of the past decade have been influenced by the tactics and imagery of Serbia's 2000 Bulldozer Revolution.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

Egypt's Cauldron of Revolt

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

Anand Gopal |

Slide Show

Postcards From Davos

Images from inside the World Economic Forum.

Slide Show |

Feature

I Was a Rare Earths Day Trader

How a naval confrontation in the South China Sea created a global investment bubble -- and cost me half my life savings.

Jason Miklian |

The Optimist

Big Is Beautiful

Financial access is key to helping the world's poor -- and tech-savvy big banks, not microcreditors, are our best hope for providing it.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

The Euro Is Dead

But, if Europe's leaders play their cards right, it can rise again.

Charles Calomiris |

Feature

Running the World, After the Crash

Has the era of global cooperation ended before it began?

Richard Samans |

Feature

The Imaginot Line

Why we're still fighting yesterday's economic war.

Paul Seabright |

In Box

The Depression? J'accuse!

Is France to blame for the Great Depression?

Joshua E. Keating |

Letters

What Saved Japan?

Dick Beason takes issue with Clyde Prestowitz's argument that government action, not free markets, beat the Japanese juggernaut.

Andrew Swift |

The List

The Stories to Watch in 2011

For every totally out-of-the-blue crisis that seizes the international agenda, there are some that everyone should have seen coming. Here are five foreign-policy stories to watch in 2011.

Cameron Abadi |

Argument

Spain on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

European leaders need to stop whinging and start solving their debt crisis for real.

Edward Hugh |

EXCERPT

Fault Lines

Global Thinker No. 26 Raghuram Rajan's look at the fissures that brought about the global financial crisis -- and which are still at work today.

Raghuram Rajan |

EXCERPT

Looking Back on Too Big to Fail

From the new afterword to Andrew Ross Sorkin's classic tale of the financial crisis, recommended by several FP Global Thinkers: Have we learned anything from our failures?

Andrew Ross Sorkin |

Feature

The Fourth Wave

Can the world avoid a fresh crisis?

Ian Bremmer |

Feature

The African Miracle

How the world's charity case became its best investment opportunity.

Norbert Dörr |