Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe.
Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?
A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.
If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.
How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.
Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.
The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.
Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.
Iran’s ayatollahs are going nuts over a harmless video. But they’re not the first autocrats to obsess about the impact of popular culture.
History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.
As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.
The best antidote to propaganda isn't counterpropaganda. It's access to accurate information.
Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin.
Why Vladimir Putin's casual use of a forgotten geographical term has ominous implications.
Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.
The European Union has leveled sanctions against Russia's chief propagandist. Is this the right way to fight back against Putin's information monopoly?
President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.
Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.
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.