The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.
Some thoughts on the health and wealth of nations, and what needs to be done to help those left behind.
Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.
As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?
Why are the United States and Japan still giving tens of millions of dollars in aid to China?
Why the U.S. government's plan to coordinate and invest in African energy could light up the continent.
Maybe the real failed states are the ones that have the means to help other nations -- but choose to retreat inward.
Afghan lessons for arming the Syrian rebels from the CIA's mujahideen point man.
So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?
Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.
There may be valid reasons to question the wisdom of reforming U.S. food aid. But saving the Merchant Marine isn't one of them.
Life is hard for the millions of Syrians fleeing war. But it's a bit easier at the gleaming Emirati-funded refugee camp in Jordan.
Development aid is inherently political - and that's not a bad thing.
Why aid organizations should focus on making rich people happy, not making poor people less hungry.
Beijing and Moscow are trying their hands at attraction, and failing -- miserably.
Why the GOP needs to stop navel-gazing and embrace internationalism all over again.
American values and interests are at stake in stopping the country's slow-motion destruction.
The only way to stop Pyongyang's cycle of brinkmanship and extortion is to address the real problem -- South Korea.
Is John Kerry ready to deal with North Korea? Here's how to do it.
The great emerging markets want to start their own bank. But it doesn't seem like they've really thought it through.
After two decades of advocacy, we finally have a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
Was a U.N. diplomat pushed out of his position for airing Port-au-Prince's dirty laundry in public?
Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.
The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?
How Pope Francis can really help the poor -- and why he'll help the Catholic Church, too, in the process.
Kenya’s general election wasn’t perfect -- but it was peaceful. Here’s why.