Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.
Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?
Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?
When Americans look at Russia, they see what they want to see. And that's dangerous.
The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.
When a radical pope says it's time we stopped treating capitalism like it's a religion, American conservatives get preachy.
How one woman's fate is derailing Ukraine's European dream.
Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?
The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.
How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.
The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.
The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?
As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.
As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.
The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.
Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.
Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics.
Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.
From the Amazon to the Nile, the masses are taking to the streets. But will the Great Awakening of 2013 actually lead to change?
Many commentators are hailing the results of the Iranian presidential election as a victory for popular choice. But that feel-good narrative misses the bigger story.