Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe
“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.
In the City, the Bluffing Is Over
During crisis after crisis, London’s financial giants cried wolf about leaving. Now the wolf is at the door.
The Last Fishermen of Kashmir
Once teeming lakes are fast disappearing and with them, a lucrative career for tens of thousands of people in the region.
Ukraine’s Debt Problem Spells Trouble
If the government continues to pile up debt without necessary reforms, it will set its economy on the road to ruin.
U.S.-Iran Talks Will Falter Unless Abdolnaser Hemmati Is at the Table
Unwinding sanctions will be central to reviving the nuclear deal. If the Biden administration wants a lasting solution, it must involve Iran’s central bank governor.
Stimulus Is an Environmental Disaster Waiting to Happen
A public jobs guarantee is the only way to provide economic recovery without endangering the climate.
Hunger Is a Weapon of War. Food Can Help Prevent It.
As the ongoing conflict in Yemen shows, it’s time to fight starvation not only on humanitarian grounds but as an essential component of military and foreign policy.
America Needs a Supercharged Space Program
It could build entire industries, create new jobs, green the economy—and unite the country behind a common purpose.
Italians Take Aim at the Bureaucratic Bourgeoisie
Largely protected from furloughs and layoffs, public employees in Italy have become the scapegoat for an economic crisis that politicians must address.
In West Africa, Climate Change Equals Conflict
The region is the poster child for insecurities already brought on by global warming.
America Is Learning to Reject Socialism, but Love the Welfare State
Some Republicans are taking steps toward Europe’s model of religiously inspired social assistance.
Why Western Companies Should Leave China
Consumers will punish brands that rely on forced Uighur labor. While abandoning the Chinese market might hit profits, it will bolster reputations.
America’s Supply Chains Are Foreign Policy Now
Why the push to bring home manufacturing won’t work—and what Biden should do instead.
Biden’s Trade Plans Will Boost China’s Power in Asia
Supporting the middle class at home and reasserting leadership abroad may be mutually exclusive, especially in Asia.
America’s India Problem Is All About Russia
Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.
Reviving the Nuclear Deal Gives the U.S. More Leverage Over Iran
Maintaining maximum pressure to inflict more pain won’t bring Tehran back to the negotiating table or halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Big Government Is Back
The pandemic has discredited decades of free market orthodoxy—but not all visions of state interventionism are progressive.
Biden Should Finish Trump’s One Good Trade Idea
The president can corner China by bringing one of his predecessor’s foreign-policy initiatives to completion.
Confused About Dogecoin? Here’s How It (Doesn’t) Work.
Even the best-intentioned cryptocurrencies can become scams.