Populations throughout the developed world are aging and shrinking, with dire consequences. Yet decline is not inevitable. Even in the industrialized world, governments can encourage childbearing through policies that let women reconcile work and family.
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Brazil's economy depends too much on high commodity prices, and as demand falls, so may Brazil.
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Two recent books reveal the ugly underbelly of India's success story. A vast gulf has opened up between the rich and the poor, corruption suffuses every aspect of life, and the country's political leaders lack the vision needed to turn this would-be world power into an actual one.
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Globalization is widening the gap between what voters demand and what their governments can deliver. Unless the leading democracies can restore their political and economic solvency, the very model they represent may lose its allure.
See more in Globalization; Global
The United States gives Pakistan billions of dollars in aid each year. Pakistan returns the favor by harboring terrorists, spreading anti-Americanism, and selling nuclear technology abroad. Washington must tell Islamabad to start cooperating or lose its aid and face outright isolation.
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Three new books look at poverty from the bottom up, painting a vivid portrait of the lives poor people live.
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Yanzhong Huang argues that in their single-minded pursuit of economic growth, China's leaders have long overlooked public health--which, by some measures, is now worse than under Mao. Despite recent reforms, China's citizens keep getting sicker, threatening the country's health-care system, the economy at large, and even the stability of the regime.
See more in China; Economic Development; Health Policy and Initiatives
As Indonesia hosts a number of high-level summits this year, it looks set to take its place among the world's economic superstars.
See more in Indonesia; Corruption and Bribery
Is globalization to blame for rising unemployment and income inequality in the United States?
See more in Poverty; Globalization; United States
Over the past three decades, Washington has consistently favored the rich -- and the more wealth accumulates in a few hands at the top, the more influence and favor the rich acquire, making it easier for them and their political allies to cast off restraint without paying a social price.
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Sure, China's economic growth has been unprecedented, even miraculous. But the country is unlikely to keep up its breakneck pace.
See more in China; Economic Development
After a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, outside organizations flocked to the country to help it recover.
See more in Foreign Aid; Haiti
Jobs growth was slow in May, renewing pessimism about the U.S. economy.
See more in Global; Globalization; Labor
Is international humanitarianism an act of charity or an act of duty? In fact, it is both -- a gift we have to give.
See more in Foreign Aid; Human Rights; Global
The American version of capitalism is no longer dominant around the world.
See more in United States; Financial Crises; Global; Economic Development
Latin Americans must look in the mirror and confront the reality that many of our problems lie not in our stars but in ourselves. Only then will the region finally attain the development it has so long sought.
See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; Economic Development; Culture and Foreign Policy
Increasing inequality in the United States has long been attributed to unstoppable market forces.
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To meet the range of challenges facing the United States and the world, Washington will have to strengthen and amplify its civilian power abroad.
See more in United States; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Economic Development
With one billion people already going hungry and the world's population rising, global food production must urgently be increased. But Africa can manage this surge -- if it finally uses the seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation methods common everywhere else.
See more in Africa (sub-Saharan); Agricultural Policy; Food Security
Americans must realize that expanding educational attainment everywhere is the best way to grow the pie for all.
See more in United States; Education