Public Health

Dispatch

Syrian Purgatory

As winter clutches northern Syria, thousands displaced by the civil war take cold comfort in a temporary tent city.

Steven Sotloff |

The List

The Nudgy State

How five governments are using behavioral economics to encourage citizens to do the right thing.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

Feeling the Pain in Tehran

As sanctions bite, some of Iran's leaders are signaling a willingness to come back to the negotiating table.

Nazila Fathi |

Argument

Prosperity Isn't Just a Matter of Wealth

Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.

Peter Passell |

Argument

The Secret of Islamist Success

Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.

Dalibor Rohac |

In Box

The Changing Face of AIDS

The people most at risk today are not always who you'd expect.

Joshua E. Keating |

The Optimist

Work More, Make More?

The case against long hours.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

The Great Pharmaceuticals Scam

India has a problem with substandard drugs -- and American regulators are allowing them to be imported into the United States.

Roger Bate |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

Yes, it's true: Military involvement in Syria has its risks. But the costs of non-intervention are growing by the day.

Mark N. Katz |

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

Bucking the Odds in North Korea

Why Kim Jong Un might just dare to be different.

Jay Ulfelder |

Argument

Bullish on the Bear

It’s hard to find people who are optimistic about the future of Russian democracy. Leon Aron explains why he’s one of them.

Paul Starobin |

Micah Zenko

There's Nothing in the Water...

10 things that kill more people than sharks.

Micah Zenko |

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

Burma's Lost Boys

The government in Burma is promising to clean up its act. But the army is still recruiting child soldiers.

Patrick Bodenham |

Christian Caryl

Local Bloodshed, Global Headache

Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Alexandra Evans |

Dispatch

A Country with Fourteen Psychiatrists

Libya is trying to build a new democracy. But that's a tall order for a society plagued by bad memories.

Portia Walker |

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 |

Case Studies

Rebuilding the Police in Kosovo

In the wake of its war with the Serbs, Kosovo faced a yawning law enforcement gap. Here's how the international community helped an embyronic country rebuild its police.

Morgan Greene |

Argument

Burma's Misled Righteous

How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military

Francis Wade |

Argument

Mexico's Bright Light

Even as the country around it sinks into a morass of drug-fueled crime, Mexico City has remained surprisingly safe.

Larry Kaplow |

Argument

The Missing 50 Percent

There’s no real democracy without full representation for women.

Susan A. Markham |

Argument

Prescription for Decline

The Supreme Court's ruling was a step in the right direction. But spiraling health-care costs could still doom America's recovery.

Will Marshall |

Argument

Build Burma from the Ground Up

Relying only on the state to implement democratic reforms in Burma is a fool’s errand. But there’s a better way.

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |

Slide Show

The Martyrdom of Al Qusayr

Images from photojournalist Robert King’s recent visit to a Syrian community under siege.

Slide Show |

Argument

Asia's Next Tiger

President Aquino's anti-corruption program is just what the Philippines economy needs.

Greg Rushford |

Argument

A Requiem for Calderon

The outgoing Mexican president had a golden opportunity to change his country for the better -- and he blew it.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

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

Losing Polio

Did the CIA ruin our chance to eradicate one of the world's worst diseases?

Laurie Garrett |