There will never be another Nelson Mandela, but maybe that’s just what South Africa needs to save itself from ruin.
Can Francis Bring the Church Back From the Dead?
The pope's foot baths were not just a masterstroke of public relations -- they were the opening salvo of a serious campaign to revive the Catholic Church.
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?
The State Department is engaging the world’s growing cities like never before. A top U.S. diplomat explains why.
China’s Glass Ceiling
Sure, the Middle Kingdom is becoming a superpower, but it's always going to be No. 2.
Beyond Business: Rethinking Microfinance
Banking can do more good for the poor than only helping entrepreneurs.
Who’s the Most Powerful Woman in the World?
Hint: It's not Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg. She lives in Berlin and is key to solving the euro crisis.
Welcome to Cocainebougou
Amid the drug palaces of northern Mali, it's easy to see why this war will be hard to win.
Walking the Talk
How Pope Francis can really help the poor -- and why he'll help the Catholic Church, too, in the process.
‘Face’ and Something ‘Delicious’
What Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip to see Vladimir Putin.
The Arab League Actually Does Something
Once a laughingstock, the Arab world’s political body is closing ranks against Bashar al-Assad.
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?
The Final Frontier
For savvy investors looking to diversify their portfolios, there’s only one place left to go: sub-Saharan Africa.
China’s Michelle Obama
Peng Liyuan is the first prominent Chinese first lady in decades. But does she matter?
Springtime for Salafists
Rampaging Islamist vigilantes are cracking down on free expression -- and ruining Tunisia's Arab Spring.
Think Again: North Korea
North Korea is a lot more dangerous than you think, but that doesn't mean that Kim Jong Un is insane.
Saving Hugo Chávez
The United States never tried to kill the late Venezuelan leader. In fact, we may have even saved his life.
Beggaring Thy Neighbors
Poorer countries no longer have rich ones to blame for inequalities in trade. Now they're the ones pulling the strings.
The Disease Next Door
How the world’s nastiest and least-known outbreaks are afflicting some of the world’s wealthiest countries.
Cowboys vs. Kippot
The awesome sci-fi novel about U.S. relations with Israel -- in an alternate acid-trip universe.
The Jihadist from Phoenix
Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.
The Long Shadow
Venezuela’s upcoming election features a young challenger against Hugo Chávez’s appointed successor -- who’s doing everything in his power to make the race about his dead boss.
Can Yemen Talk Its Way to Peace?
As the country's National Dialogue kicks off this week, hope is in short supply.