Globalization

Case Studies

The City with a Short Fuse

How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.

Rushda Majeed |

Argument

Learning Europe's Lessons in Africa

Why five East African countries are trying to follow in the European Union's footsteps -- minus the common currency.

Blair Glencorse and Charles Landow |

Argument

Left Behind

Obama has turned his back on us liberals. So why aren't we screaming about it?

Todd Gitlin |

Argument

The China Bubble

U.S. companies are banking their future success on tapping into the enormous Chinese market. They're in for a nasty surprise.

Richard D'Aveni |

Argument

Building a Better China

The world's cities will experience massive growth over the next decade. But are they ready to handle it?

Richard Dobbs |

Argument

Smokeless Stoves, Girl-Friendly Schools, and the Bloc That Wasn’t

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

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Public health activists and pharmaceutical companies are finally joining forces to help developing countries get access to low-cost drugs.

Roger Bate |

Argument

Not Quite the Holy Grail

The changing global picture of foreign direct investment.

Peter Passell |

Slide Show

Rat World

The subterranean dwellings of Beijing.

Sim Chi Yin |

Argument

Egypt's Subsidy Blues

When Egypt's next rulers finally tackle urgently needed economic reform, they should look to an unlikely model: Iran.

Peter Passell |

Argument

Ruling Facebookistan

The world's largest social networking site has a population nearly as large as China or India's. And the natives are getting restless.

Rebecca MacKinnon |

Small Wars

This Week at War: An Arms Race America Can’t Win

The United States has no chance in ship-for-ship showdown with China. Luckily, it shouldn't have to have one.

Robert Haddick |

Argument

Two Worlds, One Climate

Forget Kyoto. There’s a much better way to persuade the developing world to fight climate change.

Peter Passell |

Christian Caryl

In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Meet the GUTS

The West isn't declining. Here are four world powers enjoying an astonishing renaissance.

Bruce Jones and Thomas Wright |

Christian Caryl

The Miracle of Midland

How a West Texas oil town became an unlikely champion of human rights.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Getting Ready for Life after Castro

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

Jaime Suchlicki |

Interview

Really, Really Big Oil

Steve Coll's global tour of how ExxonMobil, the international "supermajor" and world's most profitable company, still rules.

Benjamin Pauker |

Christian Caryl

Lying to Tell the Truth

Saving the world is no excuse for fudging the facts.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

Belly Up

Is this the end for England's oldest fish market?

Spike Johnson |

Argument

Away From the Handouts

The argument for a new approach to development aid.

Peter Passell |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Sarkozy comes in second in France, tension rises in South Sudan, and Australia remembers its fallen soldiers.

Slide Show |

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 |

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 |

Argument

Punching Above their Weight

Forget the Big Apple or La La Land. It's Tampa, Phoenix, (and a couple hundred smaller U.S. cities) that are going to power the new U.S. economy.

James Manyika, Jaana Remes, and Javier Orellana |

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Trustbusters

Why the Obama Administration is targeting Malaysia and Vietnam in the trans-Pacific trade talks.

Greg Rushford |

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Decoupling: Ties That No Longer Bind

Emerging market economies have protected themselves from global economic downturns.

Peter Passell |