Caucasus

Dispatch

Portrait of a Chechen Jihadist

Meet Abu Hamza, a Chechen who went to Syria to fight.

Nicholas Clayton |

Argument

Displaced

What happened to the people who fled the terror in Chechnya.

Joshua Foust |

Argument

Ten Questions for the New BRICS Bank

The great emerging markets want to start their own bank. But it doesn't seem like they've really thought it through.

Isobel Coleman |

Argument

Why the Color Revolutions Failed

Toppling dictators isn't enough. Successful revolutions also embrace the rule of law.

Melinda Haring |

Argument

Political Tremors in the Caucasus

There’s a distinct whiff of desire for political change wafting through the Caucasus.

Thomas de Waal |

Putinology

Putin Declares War on Sleaze

Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.

Anna Nemtsova |

Lab Report

The End of Ukraine's Balancing Act

Ukraine has long faced a choice: Should it cast its lot with Russia or the European Union? 2013 is shaping up to be the year Kyiv finally decides. The first in our series of Lab Reports.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |

The List

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013

From Turkey to Congo, next year's wars threaten global stability.

Louise Arbour |

Argument

Did Russia Just Throw Assad Under the Bus?

Not really. Watch what the Kremlin does, not what it says.

Andrew S. Weiss |

Argument

What Magnitsky Means to Me

Not even a clean doctor is safe from Russia's dirty war.

Dylan J. Williams |

Argument

Don't Rush to Judgment on Georgia

The new Georgian government's arrests of oppositionists have critics crying foul. But they should let justice run its course.

Michael Cecire |

Argument

The Migrant Money Machine

The developed world could make a big difference to the global economy simply by helping migrants to do what comes naturally: send money home.

Peter Passell |

Argument

Georgian Dream Shows Its Dark Side

Georgia's president-elect is putting the country in strong danger of losing its hard won democracy.

James Kirchick |

Profile

Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

Cristina Odone |

Argument

Nuclear Turkey with Russian Dressing

Can the new Turkish-Russian nuclear plant be a model for safe energy, or will it be an environmental and proliferation risk?

Eve Conant |

Just Kidding

Unsolicited Advice

Vladimir Putin's secret (fake) letter of congratulations to Xi Jinping.

Simon Shuster |

Argument

Breaking the Grip of the Oligarchs

How a tragic twist of fate is fueling a revolt against Armenia’s overweening tycoons.

Liana Aghajanian |

Argument

Letting Go of 'Loose Nukes'

Relax. It's okay if Russia wants to pay for its own security.

Douglas Birch |

Argument

No, Obama Did Not Abandon Poland

How the administration has tightened relations with Warsaw.

Stephen J. Flanagan |

Dispatch

Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.

Molly Corso |

Argument

Bar Nunn

The U.S. and Russia never really cured their nuclear mistrust. And now it's come back.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Blindsided

The results of Georgia’s parliamentary election caught American pollsters completely off guard. They should have tried asking the right questions.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Rocket Science 101

Why we need to cooperate with Russia on missile defense.

Celeste Wallander |

Argument

Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |

Dispatch

In Defeat, Georgia's President Confounds his Critics

Mikheil Saakashvili's conciliatory reaction to his party's loss in the election seems to prove his critics wrong. Now let's see if the winner can do as well.

James Kirchick |

Dispatch

Georgia's Electoral Showdown

Emotions are running high as Georgians vote in a watershed parliamentary election.

James Kirchick |

Case Studies

Rebooting the Bureaucracy in Georgia

As Georgian voters prepare to vote in a crucial parliamentary election, a look back at one of the signature programs of President Mikheil Saakashvili. 

Richard Bennet |

Argument

In Georgia, Two Machines Are Better Than One

The run-up to Georgia's October 1 election has been dirty, demeaning, and rife with abuses of power and allegations of corruption. It’s also the best thing to happen to Georgia in a long time.

Scott Radnitz |