The World Bank Is Missing U.S. Leadership
Biden’s sacking of Trump appointees at international financial institutions has left a vacuum.
To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP
Beijing’s development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren’t Washington’s?
Biden’s Dangerous Corruption Obsession
Rooting out graft may be good politics at home, but it won’t fix Latin America’s socioeconomic woes.
Cryptocurrency Isn’t All Bad
The blockchain holds the key to sustainable development for the world’s poorest people.
Biden Wants to Replicate China’s Infrastructure Miracle
But he won’t be able to pull that off. Here’s why.
A Green Africa Is the Key to a Greener World
The United States won’t be a global leader in climate change until it works with African nations.
The Shrinking Chinese State
A look at Beijing’s spending suggests that Western fears of its influence may be misdirected.
Chinese Belt and Road Investment Isn’t All Bad—or Good
As Sri Lanka shows, when it comes to Chinese debt, small states have agency and great powers have responsibilities.
Autocrats Have a Playbook—Now Democrats Need One Too
With democracy still in retreat, it is time to get smart about fighting back.
China Will Run Out of Growth if It Doesn’t Fix Its Rural Crisis
No country with China’s vast education and public health problems has ever broken out of the ranks of middle-income countries.
The Pandemic May Change Remittances—for the Better
Long denominated in cash, payments back to home countries are finally going digital.
A Democracy Summit Is More Urgent Than Ever
Jan. 6 gave the world’s democracies a glimpse of their own mortality, but it can also be a catalyst for revival.
Has China Decided That ‘Moderately Prosperous’ Is Good Enough?
As China’s growth model sputters and Xi Jinping prioritizes repression over reform, China looks unlikely to join the ranks of developed countries.
Document of the Week: Aid Donors Blast UNDP for Resisting Appeals to Fight Corruption
A dozen wealthy donor states press the United Nations Development Program to investigate allegations that funds were misappropriated from a Russia climate program it managed.
Biden’s Priority in Africa Should Be Debt Relief
More than other kinds of aid, to get out from under China’s thumb, the continent will need debt financing and private investment.
It’s Called the Sustainable Development Goals Index for a Reason
In defense of our metric for measuring the world’s economic and environmental progress.
The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts
A new law meant to keep Chinese telecoms out of American networks threatens to make life impossible for diplomats, aid workers, and the military across much of Africa and Asia.
Trump’s Candidate Would Be a Disaster for Latin America’s Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank has never been led by a U.S. citizen before.
Trump Appointee Takes ‘Slash and Burn’ Approach to Key USAID Bureau
Peter Marocco, after tumultuous tours at Pentagon and State, is stopping the agency’s newest division in its tracks, critics claim.