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(From left) Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee attend a press conference at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Nobel Winners in Economics Are On the Right Track

Randomized controlled trials aren't perfect, but a new generation of development economists is building on the work of the Nobel laureates and pushing the field in ambitious new directions.

Rioters run in the streets of Tehran in August 1953.

Don’t Just Blame Washington for the 1953 Iran Coup

Declassified evidence shows that Iranians, including clerics, played a significant role in the events of Aug. 19, 1953—and that after an earlier failed coup attempt, the CIA was left in the dark.

Pro-Spain protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia  in Barcelona on Oct. 3, 2018.

Spain Isn’t Imposing Excessive Punishment on Catalonia’s Leaders. It’s Enforcing the Law.

The Spanish Supreme Court isn’t trying to make an example of Catalan secessionist leaders by handing down tough sentences. It is merely upholding the country’s constitution.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi in Tehran during a visit to the exhibition area at the ICT Ministry on Jan. 21.

Iran’s Information Minister Is Not the Solution. He’s Part of the Problem.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has been a key player in the Iranian government’s campaign of repression and censorship.

Brazilian soccer team fan, Giovanna Selena, from Brazil, flies her countries flag as she enjoys Copacabana beach while waiting for the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Don’t Scapegoat Brazil Over the Environment

International threats to forcibly protect the Amazon betray ignorance about the subtle art of diplomacy.

A man looks out to sea from the coastline of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on July 21.

African Students in Northern Cyprus Aren’t Breaking. They Are Organizing.

Those who arrived to study in an unrecognized territory are finding they are their own best advocates.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 31.

Israeli Energy Exports Won’t Make Europe More Pro-Israel

The natural gas discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean is so expensive to bring to market that it might never reach European consumers, let alone change the policies of EU governments.

A Syrian woman shows her bank card, part of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education program funded by the European Union and managed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, and Turkish authorities, in Adana, Turkey, on March 18.

Turkey Is Helping, Not Deporting, Syrian Refugees

The Turkish government provides millions of Syrians with health care and education. A multilateral political solution is needed and demonizing Ankara won’t help.

Members of the anti-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit, dressed up as British Army Soldiers and Customs officials, pose with a wall installed on a road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, during a demonstration in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse

The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands after addressing a meeting attended by white Zimbabwean farmers and businessmen on July 21, 2018 in Harare.

Economic Isolation is Hindering Zimbabwe’s Transformation

Lifting sanctions and increasing international investment will speed land and security sector reform—and enhance the protection of human rights.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) welcomes Joe Kaeser (R) the CEO of German engineering giant Siemens during the inauguration of three large power plants on the outskirts of Cairo on July 24, 2018.

Egypt’s Economy Isn’t Tanking. It’s Thriving.

A recent article warned that the country faced imminent economic collapse. A careful reading of the economic data shows that reforms have placed it on a path to growth.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland, United States President Donald J. Trump, and first lady Melania Trump pose with a bowl of shamrocks presented by Varadkar to Trump on March 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The Emerald Isle Has Friends On Both Sides of the Aisle

Bipartisan support of Ireland in the United States is stronger than ever, Dublin’s ambassador writes.

A man walks by the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on July 12, 2018.

Big Business Is Big Politics

Don’t underestimate the danger of crony capitalism.

People line up to wash their hands with chlorinated water designed to prevent the spread of Ebola at a symbolic polling station in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Dec. 30, 2018.

Cliches Can Kill in Congo

The country’s Ebola outbreak is spreading out of control—but it's not because of a fight over "conflict minerals."

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli talk on stage during a rally in advance of local elections in Ankara on March 23.

In Turkey, Erdogan Is Still Calling All the Shots

The president’s coalition partners aren’t pulling him to the right. They’re doing his bidding.