• Indonesia’s Kabinet Kerja

    December 11, 2014

    In coming years, Indonesia is likely to witness a gradual ascent in the powers and effectiveness of the Indonesian president relative to that of the legislature.

  • China’s Overhyped Debt Problem

    December 03, 2014

    China’s economy is in for a bumpy ride. But if Chinese leaders implement the right macroeconomic policies and structural reforms, the challenges should be manageable.

  • Egypt’s Instability by the Numbers

    March 24, 2014

    Egypt is far more violent and unstable than it has been in decades. With government repression driving a cycle of political violence, a different approach is needed.

  • Inside Indonesia’s Elections

    January 24, 2014

    Indonesia’s future depends on a strong Southeast Asia. The country’s next leader must make strategic choices that help prepare the region for the challenges it will face.

  • How India’s Parliamentary Elections Work

    September 10, 2013

    India is gearing up for the largest democratic exercise ever recorded—its 2014 parliamentary election. A new infographic explains what’s at stake and how the system works.

  • The State of Citizenship Education in Arab Nations

    May 20, 2013

    Despite paying lip service to reform, many Arab nations’ education programs fail to prepare students to become contributing members of open, pluralistic systems.

  • Buying Stability in Algeria

    April 25, 2013

    Algeria’s scheme to help hold off social unrest by redistributing substantial oil wealth cannot be sustained indefinitely. The regime must reform or face collapse.

  • The World’s Growing Oil Resources

    April 17, 2013

    The world is not running out of oil—in fact, it may never run out of hydrocarbons. But new oils must be carefully analyzed before the environment is irreparably damaged.

  • Opportunity Cost of Tehran’s Nuclear Program

    April 02, 2013

    The covert history of Iran’s nuclear program is marked by enormous financial costs, unpredictable risks, and unclear motivations.

  • Remembering Stalin: A Dictator by the Numbers

    March 01, 2013

    Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader responsible for the deaths of millions, still commands worryingly high levels of admiration in some post-Soviet countries.

  • Bahrain: Unequal Distribution

    February 13, 2013

    Any solution to the current crisis in Bahrain needs to address the distortions of the island nation’s political economy.

  • Russia’s Middle East Presence

    February 12, 2013

    A new Russian-Western approach to Syria is necessary to stop the bloodshed and help create a transitional authority in Damascus that can foster national reconciliation.

  • Employing India's Poor

    February 11, 2013

    Eight years after its introduction, India's landmark rural employment guarantee program has made big strides in the right direction, but structural and institutional problems are keeping it from fully realizing its potential.

  • Global Oils

    December 18, 2012

    Policy guidance is needed to strike a balance between exploiting new energy assets from unconventional oils and protecting the climate.

  • India: State Capacity in Global Context

    November 02, 2012

    It’s easy to misinterpret India. These five trends shed light on the country’s domestic realities, underscoring India’s internal tensions between continuity and change.

  • The Paranoid Neighbor: Algeria and the Conflict in Mali

    October 22, 2012

    As the crisis in Mali threatens to grow into a full-fledged regional security and humanitarian nightmare, nervous neighboring countries are looking to Algeria to lead a conflict management effort.

  • Waiting for the Taliban in Afghanistan

    September 20, 2012

    Without a clear plan for the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan, Washington may find the country worse off, in some respects, than it was in 2001.

  • Attacks in Eastern Libya

    September 19, 2012

    The growing instability in Libya’s eastern province is best addressed in the near term by an effective constitution and the institutionalization of the security sector.

  • Religious Education and Pluralism in Egypt and Tunisia

    August 13, 2012

    With the rise of Islamists across the Arab world, there is a possibility that the new parties in power will update education curricula to reflect conservative Islamic beliefs.

  • The Car Index

    July 23, 2012

    The number of passenger cars in circulation can act as a direct measure of the middle class in developing countries.

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