In an age of globalization and revolutionary upheaval, grand impersonal forces might appear to be winning out. But don't discount the human factor.
Why economics -- the dismal science -- is far too pessimistic when it comes to analyzing the amazing gains in poverty eradication.
Why Obama and Netanyahu are having the wrong conversation this week.
If the Republicans really want to attack President Obama on foreign policy, they’re going to have to do a lot better than just recycling tired, old ideas.
Most Americans really don’t like North Korea, but few say it’s worth going to war to make them get rid of their nuclear weapons.
Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Pyongyang is a modest success. But let's not get carried away.
Pakistan's activist lawyers and judges may have thrown out Pervez Musharraf, but they're no democrats. In fact, they're a grave and growing threat to Pakistan's future.
The phenomenal rise of NBA wunderkind Jeremy Lin is sweeping mainland China -- even though he's Taiwanese.
Some of the best economic innovations come from places you wouldn't expect.
Indonesia's transition to democracy can tell us a lot about the likely course of Egypt's revolution. There's good news and there's bad news.
The Obama administration is welcoming China's presumptive next leader, Xi Jinping. But how can it make good policy when the strategy is a mess?
Burma's famous comedian-cum-activist explains why he can forgive but refuses to forget.
Want to promote democracy in Burma? Start by making sure people are well enough to vote.
Meet Mayawati, India's multimillionaire lower-caste power broker and politician.
While Myanmar's reforms this year may appear speedy to outside observers, for its imprisoned activists, the changes are long overdue.
Countries around the world are finding that military involvement in private business is a major barrier to reform. But pensioning off CEOs in uniform is easier said than done.
Myanmar may be opening to democracy, but just how free is the country’s notoriously closed media?
One might expect, given last year's headlines across the Middle East -- as well as promising political developments in authoritarian countries from Myanmar to Cuba -- that 2011 was a banner year for freedom. The reality is more complicated.
Burma's mysterious president insists that he wants democracy. But can he deliver?