The need for global leadership has never been greater but ever fewer are prepared or in a position to provide it. After a decade of war, the United States is in retreat, preoccupied with domestic battles over debt, the economy and immigration.
By Sophie McBain - 06 March 12:16
Despite their low official government salaries, at this week’s National People’s Congress annual meeting, there will be 86 renminbi billionaires and China’s richest politicians have quadrupled their wealth in the past eight years. But is there a right level to set politicians’ pay?
By Sophie McBain - 25 February 16:37
The first 24 hours in a baby's life are the most dangerous, but newborn deaths have been under-researched and neonatal care is under-funded.
By Sophie McBain - 24 February 12:42
The new law will make it virtually impossible to be openly gay in Uganda, and follows the stricter anti-gay laws passed in Nigeria last month. So what is driving this increased homophobia and anti-gay legislation?
By Sophie McBain - 17 February 12:37
Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?
By Sophie McBain - 12 February 15:00
A UN report released today has found that progress made towards reducing poverty is at risk of being reversed because of widening inequality and a failure to strengthen women's rights.
By Sophie McBain - 03 January 11:52
Obesity rates triple in developing countries. A report by the Overseas Development Institute has found that one in three adults globally is obese.
By Paul Collier - 21 November 11:15
The poor of the world are on the move, eager to live and work in rich nations. What are the consequences? Talking about them cannot be a taboo.
By Sophie McBain - 07 November 10:56
Between $21-32trn of private wealth is kept in tax havens, and Britain is at the very centre of a global financial system that allows the wealthy to avoid tax.
By Sophie McBain - 22 October 12:00
Several reports released this week are adding pressure on the US to disclose information about its deadly drone programme and civilian casualties.
By Sophie McBain - 21 October 12:41
Tesco wastes 30,000 tonnes of food in six months, but how does the UK compare with other countries on food waste?
By Sophie McBain - 17 October 11:08
A new report reveals the extent of modern slavery worldwide, and finds that India has the highest number of enslaved people at 1.2m.
By Sophie McBain - 15 October 15:38
The ongoing legal battles against Grunenthal matter, both for those affected by thalidomide and because of the precedent they set.
By Holly Baxter - 11 October 10:18
Awarded the prize "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
By Sophie McBain - 08 October 10:51
By 2015, GlaxoSmithKline hopes to market the world's first malaria vaccine. But a lot more needs to be done to tackle a disease that kills 660,000 people a year.
By Sophie McBain - 26 September 13:30
What factors will really affect the outcome of negotiations between the US and Iran?
By Sophie McBain - 25 September 10:51
How China uses pandas to help secure long-term trade deals.
By Sophie McBain - 24 September 17:32
The number of child labourers has decreased by a third since 2000, but there are still 168 million child workers.
By Sophie McBain - 23 September 11:07
How the militant Somalia group behind the deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping centre formed, and why it is attacking foreign targets now.
By Sophie McBain - 13 September 11:07
Five years after Lehman Brother's collapse, one group has fared spectacularly well: the richest 1 per cent. The world's superpower is now worryingly dependent on the financial fortunes of just 1.35m taxpayers. But where in the world is inequality the grea
By Sophie McBain - 11 September 10:25
Egypt, North Korea, Angola, South Sudan, Israel and Myanmar haven't ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, and Russia and the US haven't met their obligations under the convention. So what power does the CWC have?
By Alexei Sayle - 10 July 8:00
Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Alexei Sayle reflects on the time Paul McKenna planted a suicidal post-hypnotic suggestion in his brain, and how our restlessness has been exploited to devastating effect.
By William Dalrymple - 05 July 12:01
The elephant untethered.
By Charlotte Simmonds - 20 June 15:47
A new exhibition captures the trauma of those forced to flee to survive.
By James Ball and Valentina D'Efilippo - 20 June 14:43
A stunning new infographic reveals the trade patterns of the great naval empires.
By New Statesman - 13 June 10:54
By Ian Bremmer - 11 June 8:00
There are three big unfolding geopolitical stories: China’s rise, Middle East turmoil and the redesign of Europe. The three countries with most to lose from these trends are Britain, Japan and Israel. This is not a G7, G8 or a G20 world. This is the era o
By Irna Qureshi - 15 May 17:33
My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.
By Leonard Woolf - 19 April 15:59
From our correspondence.
By Rahila Gupta - 01 April 11:00
The desire to avoid the racism that characterises some debates about rape and FGM abroad can lead us to make untenable comparisons with Britain, argues Rahila Gupta.
By Lucy Provan - 04 February 16:43
Join this global movement on 14 February to end violence against women and girls.