Nicholas D. Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times. His most recent book, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, is A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.
 (April 2016)


‘China’s Worst Policy Mistake’?

Zhang Xiaogang: Family No. 2, 1993; from the book Zhang Xiaogang: Disquieting Memories, by Jonathan Fineberg and Gary G. Xu, published last year by Phaidon

China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption, and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy

by Kay Ann Johnson

One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment

by Mei Fong
Perhaps no government policy anywhere in the world affected more people in a more intimate and brutal way than China’s one-child policy. It broke up families and destroyed lives on an epic scale—and although it officially ended last fall, it continues to ripple through the lives of Chinese and the 120,000 Chinese babies who were adopted in America and other Western countries.

On Isaiah Berlin: Explorer

Isaiah Berlin, Oxford, 1969
Explorer Sir Isaiah Berlin is not a recondite writer. Rather, he is eminently useful in understanding the kinds of moral conundrums that regularly perplex anyone too sensible to be an ideologue. No one surpasses Berlin as a guide through the tangled terrain of the twenty-first century. He is unusual among …

What to Do About Darfur

Internally displaced Sudanese returning to their village after having fled fighting in the Western Upper Nile region of southern Sudan, 2002; photograph by Sven Torfinn from Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan, edited by Leora Kahn and published by powerHouse Books

Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror

by Mahmood Mamdani

Darfur and the Crime of Genocide

by John Hagan and Wenona Rymond-Richmond
The slaughter in Darfur has now lasted more than six years, longer than World War II, yet the “Save Darfur” movement has stalled—even as the plight of many Darfuris may be worsening. Many advocates for Darfur, myself included, had urged the International Criminal Court to prosecute the Sudanese president, Omar …


The Micro Miracle?

In the November 19 issue of The New York Review, Sue Halpern wrote about Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Her piece describes the systematic abuse of women documented by Kristof and WuDunn throughout the world, and the considerable success of microfinance programs—pioneered by the Nobel-prize winning economist Muhammad Yunus, whose book is also included in Halpern’s review—in countering this problem by helping poor women gain economic power. Following is an exchange between Halpern and Kristof about the spread of microfinance and some of the criticisms that have emerged about it.