The Optimist

The Civil War That Killed Cholera

Why the best ideas for fighting some diseases may come from poor countries, not rich ones.

Charles Kenny |


Meltdowns and Misinformation

What do we actually know about Japan's nuclear crisis?

Joseph Cirincione |

The List

Atomic Dogs

Fukushima wasn't the only nuclear accident waiting to happen. From Bulgaria to New York, here are five other nuclear power plants to keep an eye on.

Charles Homans |


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 |


FP Book Club: Charles Kenny's Getting Better

An FP discussion on contributing editor Charles Kenny's new book: Are we winning the global war on human suffering?

Charles Homans |

The Optimist

Fiber Cons

You don't need to be superfast to be super-competitive -- but try telling that to the governments sinking billions into fiber-optic networks.

Charles Kenny |


The Madness of China's Mental Health System

One of the country's leading activists and health advocates explains the tragic irony of mental health in China today: Many who need treatment won't get it, while many who don't are forced into treatment to silence political dissent.

Wan Yanhai |


Smoke and Mirrors

It's time for Washington to stop giving cigarette makers an open door to developing markets.

Thomas J. Bollyky |

The Optimist

Great Expectations

The biggest problem with post-disaster relief efforts like Haiti's is the unreasonable ambitions we have for them.

Charles Kenny |


Don't Try This Abroad

Nick Kristof is wrong. Amateurs are not the future of foreign aid.

Dave Algoso |

In Box

Fat Race

Last year's jeans won't fit? Blame the free market.

Joshua E. Keating |

The List

The Save-the-World Clock

Global leaders promised a decade ago to end poverty by 2015. With just five years left, the U.N. General Assembly -- including an estimated 140 heads of state -- will meet this week to assess progress. How much good has been done? Here's a hint: not enough.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Should We Be Afraid of the Superbug?

A mysterious infection-breeding gene is sweeping the world -- or possibly just cable news.

Jesse M. Pines |


The New Lost Generation

Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. But is the Pentagon willing to tally the true cost of war?

Ron Capps |


The Truth About Africom

No, the U.S. military is not trying to take over Africa. Here's what we're actually doing.

Robert Moeller |


China's Billion-Dollar Aid Appetite

Why is Beijing winning health grants at the expense of African countries?

Jack C. Chow |


A Tremor for Haiti's Aid Industry

The earthquake was only the latest disaster to capsize the country's already fragile local aid economy. Now outside organizations are threatening to overwhelm it entirely.

Pooja Bhatia |


Congo’s New Mobutu

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo turns 50 this month, its leader is taking a page from Mobutu Sese Seko’s playbook on repression. And the West is helping him.

Joe Bavier |


The Long Emergency

Barack Obama's administration is taking an expansive, ambitious approach to global health. Does that mean giving up on combating HIV/AIDS?

Elizabeth Dickinson |


An African iPhone? There’s No App for That.

Why Steve Jobs should let Africans buy his new toy.

Dayo Olopade |

In Box

Epiphanies from Nathan Myhrvold

A theoretical physicist who spent 14 years as Bill Gates's ideas guru at Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold might seem an odd candidate to take up the fight against malaria, long combated with technology no more advanced than bed nets and quinine. Here, he explains why geek power might be exactly what's needed to tackle the scourges of the developing world.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Countries Without Doctors?

How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.

Kate Tulenko |


Yemen's Child Bride Backlash

After a 13-year-old girl's death, the conservative Islamists are retrenching -- with some bizarre, yet somehow effective, arguments.

Haley Sweetland Edwards |


Don't Panic, Go Organic

Be not troubled by Robert Paarlberg's scaremongering. Organic practices can feed the world -- better, in fact, than wasteful industrial farming.

Anna Lappé |

In Box

Geriatric World

Prepare for the invasion of the centenarians.  

Joshua E. Keating |


The Ultimate Bug Zapper

Could a new weapon deal the definitive blow in the long battle of man vs. mosquito? Forget bed nets; think lasers. Nathan Myhrvold, Bill Gates's ideas guy, tells FP about his plans to defeat malaria.

Elizabeth Dickinson |

Slide Show

Pumping Iron in Kabul

Images of Afghanistan's bodybuilders as they compete for the ultimate prize.

Kayvan Farzaneh |


The Top Chef for India's Real Housewives

The man behind India's proposed new 24-hour food channel isn't quite the Westernized culinary rebel some might think. 

Miranda Kennedy |

Terms of Engagement

The Accidental Domestic President

For Barack Obama, the world will have to wait.

James Traub |


The Many Wives of Jacob Zuma

Why the South African president's polygamy is about more than womanizing.

Miriam Koktvedgaard Zeitzen |