India now rivals China as a model for the world’s developing nations. But its recent stumbles have raised doubts about whether it will demonstrate the superiority of the democratic path to development.
India’s leaders have instinctively looked to China for the secrets to national success. The impulse often serves them poorly.
India stands poised to create a new role for itself on the world stage. Indians don't agree on what that role should be.
The future of writers — and the articles, novels, and nonfiction books they create — ultimately rests with those who read them.
During World War II, villagers in a French farming community rescued thousands of Jews and other refugees, while most Europeans spectacularly failed to hinder the genocides in their midst. What set the villagers apart?
Are drones an instrument of war or justice?
"Tocqueville was deeply worried by American individualism, equating it with corrosive selfishness."
When candidates agree, we care more about character. When they disagree, we care less. Why?
Never again will we see living standards double in a few decades, as they did between 1957 and 1988.
It didn't create new car sales; it sped up ones that would've happened anyway.
"The Limits to Growth" was a mega-hit and bestseller when it was published in 1972. It was also way off in its predictions.
Fantasies of a monolithic "Black America" distort our national conversation on race and policy.
Want to identify society’s most disadvantaged? It's not just about income.
Joseph Smith called for Zion to be a classless commune in which Mormons would “hold all things in common."
In earlier times, Native Americans often tended large farms. You wouldn’t know that from reading most scholars’ work.
In assessing artistic value, markets have taken over the function that ideas used to have.
Remembering H.M. and the incredible discoveries his brain allowed scientists to make.
What iconic American industry does it have in its crosshairs now? Education.
Before it became a meaningless buzzword, it was a major leap forward in scientific theory.
By manipulating elections, Putin managed to conceal his regime’s deepest secret—namely, that rather than being misgoverned, Russia is governed very laxly if at all.
Talk about a "binding agreement."
Does Africa stand any chance of becoming an industrialized, middle-income continent in the near future?
The development of a Chinese middle class faces a formidable obstacle: Mao-era policies governing access to employment and education.
The loss of David Foster Wallace is still hard to measure.
All evidence to the contrary, we continue to believe, deep in our hearts, that the Founders’ “We the People” meant all the people, not just the propertied white men.
A look at transatlantic migration in the colonial era.
A history of disabled people in the United States.
With the exception of a few senior commanders (and recently promoted junior officers), the global war on terror hasn't been kind to the reputation of U.S. Army generals.
What's the problem? The problem is economics. And politics. And markets.