Trade

Dispatch

One of These BRICS Is Not Like the Other

South Africa is a mess. So why does it get to sit at the BRICS big boy table?

Roy Robins |

Argument

Beggaring Thy Neighbors

Poorer countries no longer have rich ones to blame for inequalities in trade. Now they're the ones pulling the strings.

Greg Rushford |

Dispatch

Mali's Bad Trip

Field notes from the West African drug trade.

Andrew Lebovich |

Argument

The Empire Makes Nice

Is it time for a Venezuela reset?

Michael Shifter |

In Box

Frontier Markets: A Short History

How second-generation emerging markets became today's hottest investment story.

Ty McCormick |

Argument

While America Slept

How the United States botched China's rise.

Kishore Mahbubani |

Argument

Morales Walks the Populist High Wire

Morales talks big populist talk. Here's how it's actually working out. 

Robert Looney |

Lab Report

Venezuela's New Era

Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?

Phil Gunson |

Argument

The Case for TAFTA

Why Obama's call for a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe could be a game-changer.

Kati Suominen |

Argument

Free Trade or Penalty-Free Crime?

Free Trade Zones are meant to promote trade and improve economies. But they often end up being a cover for crime.

Roger Bate |

Daniel Altman

The Chinese Union

Could China and Hong Kong create a common currency?

Daniel Altman |

Lab Report

The End of Ukraine's Balancing Act

Ukraine has long faced a choice: Should it cast its lot with Russia or the European Union? 2013 is shaping up to be the year Kyiv finally decides. The first in our series of Lab Reports.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Argument

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Why the world needs better data.

Uri Dadush |

Daniel Altman

Free Trade: You're Doing It Wrong

Want to make progress on trade? Pay off the losers.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Why Is the United States Subsidizing Iran?

It's a veritable international mystery: How did Washington end up funding its adversaries in Tehran?

Frederick Starr |

Argument

A Maritime Balkans of the 21st Century?

East Asia is a tinderbox on water.

Kevin Rudd |

David Rothkopf

The Next Appointments

Obama is about to name a new international economic team. Will he use this opportunity wisely?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Hands Across the Atlantic

It's high time for a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe. In fact, it's exactly what our economies need.

Chris Brummer |

Argument

Crying for Argentina

From populism to liberalism and back again: Argentina's economic policy makers are still looking for a formula that works.

Albert Fishlow |

Dispatch

Tight Times in the Grand Bazaar

Are Iranians really feeling the pinch of U.S. and international sanctions on their economy?

Sune Engel Rasmussen |

Feature

Subsidizing Starvation

How American tax dollars are keeping Arkansas rice growers fat on the farm and starving millions of Haitians.

Maura R. O’Connor |

Argument

Daniel Ortega's Reality Check

Nicaragua’s president is the latest Latin American populist to flirt with the market. But his political risks are high.

Robert Looney |

Argument

A New U.S. Grand Strategy

Why walkable communities, sustainable economics, and multilateral diplomacy are the future of American power.

Patrick Doherty |

Argument

Reinventing China, Again

China made it big by saving money. Now it needs to spend it.

Robyn Meredith |

Feature

Eve of Disaster

Why 2013 eerily looks like the world of 1913, on the cusp of the Great War.

Charles Emmerson |

Review

Gorging on Investment, Choking on Red Tape

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 |

The List

Four Surprises That Could Rock Asia in 2013

Are we paying attention to the wrong crises?

Michael Mazza |

Dispatch

Rough Cut

Nearly all the world's diamonds -- legal or not -- pass through this one Indian city.

Jason Miklian |

Daniel Altman

9 Stories That Will Move Markets in 2013

From the U.S. deficit to Mideast turmoil, the issues that could have the biggest impact on the global economy in the coming year.

Daniel Altman |