Nelson Mandela lived one of the great lives of the twentieth century: he was an international icon who brought democratic rule and human rights to South Africa. But to thrive in the twenty-first century, the country needs not hope and activism but technocrats and engineers who can develop workable solutions to the messy realities of urban blight and rural poverty.
The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has spooked many of Washington’s most important allies in the Persian Gulf. The United States can and must allay their fears; any long-term resolution to the Iranian nuclear standoff will otherwise be difficult to sustain.
Nepal's incumbent Maoist party was crushed in the country's recent elections. With their backs against the wall, the Maoists may decide that sowing instability is the only way to keep their agenda alive. And that could undo all the progress that Nepal has made in recent years.
Global power brokers once dismissed Greenland as a white blot on the world map. No longer: Investors from Australia to Canada to China are flocking to the island in the next great contest for mineral riches. Large-scale mining, however, will not be without risks.
The debate over the merits of the interim nuclear agreement with Iran should turn on whether enhanced sanctions could break Iran’s will, if not lead to regime change. If that possibility seams remote, then the interim agreement and what is likely to follow will be good deals in an imperfect world.
There is some basis to the argument that the deal with Iran has implicitly recognized the country as a threshold nuclear power. Here's why that isn't a problem.
During negotiations over a new security pact, Kabul demanded that Washington apologize for its military’s bad behavior. Such apologies are generally unnecessary and sometimes even counterproductive. Still, reconciliation requires some acknowledgement of past harm.
An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on Europe.
An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on Kenya.
Europe's social democrats hoped that the 2008 economic meltdown would vindicate their politics and strengthen their hand. But they failed to see how badly they had damaged their brand by compromising on core principles during the previous two decades. To find their way forward, they must return to their roots.
In the age of leaks, the United States will find it harder to act hypocritically and get away with it -- and so Washington may ultimately be compelled to start practicing what it preaches.
Even if immigration reform managed to get through congress, it would do little to stem illegal immigration or improve the plight of the undocumented. So policymakers should shift their focus to a more humane, bottom-up approach: letting states compete for illegal immigrants.
Investing in international infrastructure development, a $60 trillion dollar industry, is not only about dollars and cents, it is also a strategic imperative. Yet the United States has failed to become a significant player in the field. American companies need Washington’s help to get into the game.
Over the last several decades, human activities have so altered the basic chemistry of the seas that they are now experiencing evolution in reverse: a return to the barren primeval waters of hundreds of millions of years ago.
Conventional wisdom sees banking crises as apolitical, the result of unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances. In reality, the same politics that influence other aspects of society also help explain why some countries, such as the United States, suffer repeated banking crises, while others, such as Canada, avoid them altogether.
Noah Smith might be right that neoliberal reforms could rescue Japan's economy. But he's wrong about Abe's ability to try them.
Critics of international law sometimes claim it undermines democratic sovereignty. In reality, they are the ones ignoring constitutional history.