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Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.
Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.

The Dark Side of Ethiopia’s Export Boom

Workers report sexual coercion and poor conditions at the Hawassa Industrial Park.

Cases of bottled water are handed out in Mississippi.
Cases of bottled water are handed out in Mississippi.

Biden Should Embrace the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Many of his domestic policy priorities align with the global campaign.

U.S. President Joe Biden in front of a "Summit for Democracy" sign
U.S. President Joe Biden in front of a "Summit for Democracy" sign
People sit atop a yellow billboard featuring a photo of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress logo, and the slogan "Vote for Jobs, Peace and Freedom."
People sit atop a yellow billboard featuring a photo of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress logo, and the slogan "Vote for Jobs, Peace and Freedom."

Nelson Mandela’s Missed Opportunity

South Africa’s former president had the chance to launch a massive program of regional economic integration but failed to seize it.

Construction works in hard hats and high-visibility vests stand around on a construction site with tall buildings in the background.
Construction works in hard hats and high-visibility vests stand around on a construction site with tall buildings in the background.

Stop Funding Sisi’s House of Cards

As the Egyptian president spends on projects of questionable value, the people are suffering.

Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.
Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.

A Little Great-Power Competition Is Healthy for Africa

U.S.-China competition could benefit Africa by forcing each side to offer what it thinks it is best at.

A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.
A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.

A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America

But if U.S. democracy continues to decay, what’s the point of being on top?

Men stand atop a wooden platform over a muddy river holding a long pole down into the water.
Men stand atop a wooden platform over a muddy river holding a long pole down into the water.

Ghana’s ‘Success’ Exposes the West’s Toxic Development Model

Standard theories of global progress continue to be largely limited to raw extraction.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure investment during the first day of the G-7 leaders' summit held at Elmau Castle in southern Germany on June 26.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure investment during the first day of the G-7 leaders' summit held at Elmau Castle in southern Germany on June 26.

The G-7 Infrastructure Plan Won’t Succeed Unless It Learns from Past Failures

Rather than antagonizing political opponents and geopolitical rivals, the U.S. government should entrust infrastructure development to the World Bank—and fund it generously.

Motorcycles queue for fuel at a gas station during a fuel shortage in Nairobi, Kenya on April 4.
Motorcycles queue for fuel at a gas station during a fuel shortage in Nairobi, Kenya on April 4.

Europe to Africa: Gas for Me but Not for Thee

Europe is ramping up its use of the dirtiest fuels—but keeps pressing Africa to stick to draconian green goals.

A closeup photo shows a smiling Abe wearing a blue suit.
A closeup photo shows a smiling Abe wearing a blue suit.

How Shinzo Abe Changed Japan

The assassinated former prime minister leaves behind a complex legacy.

From left to right, front to back row: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé, Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio, and Liberian President George Weah attend a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018.
From left to right, front to back row: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé, Malawian President Arthur Peter Mutharika, Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio, and Liberian President George Weah attend a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018.

What the U.S. Still Doesn’t Get About Countering China

Self-interest, not altruism, is driving Beijing to invest in the global south.

Belgium’s King Philippe shakes hands with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi as he hands over a ceremonial mask during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on June 8.
Belgium’s King Philippe shakes hands with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi as he hands over a ceremonial mask during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on June 8.

Belgium Offers Regret—but No Reparations—to Congo

King Philippe stopped short of apologizing for colonial-era atrocities, angering the Congolese opposition and diaspora.

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley as she arrives for the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 8.
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley as she arrives for the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 8.

A Disjointed Western Hemisphere Gathers

The controversial Summit of the Americas yields some progress on health and migration cooperation.

A statue of Leopold II is shown defaced with red paint.
A statue of Leopold II is shown defaced with red paint.

Confronting Belgium’s Colonial Legacy

Belgium’s King Philippe is visiting Congo this week, but the country still has much to do to make amends.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is received by his Kenyan counterpart, Raychelle Omamo, in Mombasa, Kenya.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is received by his Kenyan counterpart, Raychelle Omamo, in Mombasa, Kenya.

While America Slept, China Became Indispensable

Washington has long ignored much of the world. Beijing hasn’t.

Four young Black men sit on the side of a rode with their suitcases.
Four young Black men sit on the side of a rode with their suitcases.

Treating Migration as a Crisis Is a Missed Opportunity

Racism is keeping rich societies from benefitting from increased migration.

Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.
Workers operate sewing machines in a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in southern Ethiopia.

How Better Data Helped End Child Marriage in Indonesia

A nonprofit’s grassroots data collection successfully pushed for a child marriage ban in Indonesia, a significant step to reduce female poverty.

Senegalese President Macky Sall shakes hands with Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a conference in Diamniadio, Senegal, on Dec. 2, 2019.
Senegalese President Macky Sall shakes hands with Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a conference in Diamniadio, Senegal, on Dec. 2, 2019.

The World Bank and IMF Are Getting It Wrong on Climate Change

Rich donor countries are working to deprioritize poverty reduction and economic development in the global south.

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