Foreign Aid

Argument

Remember Cairo?

While Washington focuses on Syria and Iran, Egypt looks headed for a dangerous and destabilizing insurgency.

Shadi Hamid |

Argument

Africa's Phoenix

Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.

Armin Rosen |

Dispatch

Mali 2.0

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.

Peter Tinti |

EXCERPT

The Great Escape

Some thoughts on the health and wealth of nations, and what needs to be done to help those left behind.

Angus Deaton |

Argument

The Delivery Man

Can this unlikely American equip Syria's rebels before it's too late?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.

Tomas Bridle |

Argument

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?

Blair Glencorse |

Argument

Aiding and Abetting

Why are the United States and Japan still giving tens of millions of dollars in aid to China?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

The New Power Generation

Why the U.S. government's plan to coordinate and invest in African energy could light up the continent.

Dale Mathias |

David Rothkopf

Leaning Away

Maybe the real failed states are the ones that have the means to help other nations -- but choose to retreat inward.

David Rothkopf |

Interview

'Don't Try to Convince Yourself That You're in Control'

Afghan lessons for arming the Syrian rebels from the CIA's mujahideen point man.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?

Karen J. Coates |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |

Argument

Too Fast, Too Soon

Why Obama's embrace of Myanmar is putting the cart before the horse.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

Ship Storm

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.

John Norris |

Dispatch

The 5-Star Tent Village

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.

Neri Zilber |

Argument

The Prickly Politics of Aid

Development aid is inherently political - and that's not a bad thing.

Thomas Carothers |

Gordon Adams

Food Fight

Why is the agricultural lobby so mad at Obama?

Gordon Adams |

Daniel Altman

If Poverty Ends, Then What?

Why aid organizations should focus on making rich people happy, not making poor people less hungry.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

What China and Russia Don't Get About Soft Power

Beijing and Moscow are trying their hands at attraction, and failing -- miserably.

Joseph S. Nye |

Argument

How to Save the Republican Party

Why the GOP needs to stop navel-gazing and embrace internationalism all over again. 

Sen. John McCain |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

American values and interests are at stake in stopping the country's slow-motion destruction.

Dennis Ross |

Argument

The Enabler

The only way to stop Pyongyang's cycle of brinkmanship and extortion is to address the real problem -- South Korea.

Edward Luttwak |

Argument

How to Talk Kim Jong Un Off the Ledge

Is John Kerry ready to deal with North Korea? Here's how to do it.

Joel Wit |

Argument

Ten Questions for the New BRICS Bank

The great emerging markets want to start their own bank. But it doesn't seem like they've really thought it through.

Isobel Coleman |

Argument

Living Up to the Statue

After two decades of advocacy, we finally have a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

Heather Hurlburt |

Dispatch

Haiti's Inconvenient Truth

Was a U.N. diplomat pushed out of his position for airing Port-au-Prince's dirty laundry in public?

Jonathan M. Katz |

Argument

Make Way for the Hybrids

Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.

Matt Andrews |

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 |

Argument

Walking the Talk

How Pope Francis can really help the poor -- and why he'll help the Catholic Church, too, in the process.

Chris Bain |