If history is any guide, today’s assassination in Tunisia could set off a dangerous revolutionary dynamic.
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.
The international community’s failure on Syria limits its power to act against the even bigger bloodletting that’s likely to happen down the road.
The French actor's case is the exception that proves the rule: Citizenship still matters.
An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.
The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.
Parts of the old Soviet bloc have moved on. So why is Belarus still mired in despotism?
Are Russia and China trying to take over the Internet? Probably. But so far they aren't having much luck.
We love to celebrate heroic crusaders for human rights. But what about the dictator who decides to surrender his powers?
The Syrian president's fans are comparing him with the hero of America's Civil War. Here's why they're wrong.
Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.
It's time to stop deriding the Americans who refuse to vote. They're trying to tell us something.
The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.
Authoritarian countries don't seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That's probably no accident.
Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
The dispute over islands in the East China Sea is stirring up nationalist passions in the region. That doesn't bode well for the future of democracy.
As the death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya demonstrates, the ultraconservative Salafi movement is pushing to the forefront in the politics of the Middle East. The West should be careful how it reacts.
Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”
So far, Washington's pivot to Asia has included a lot of work on security and trade. Democracy, not so much.
The revolution in Egypt isn’t over -- at least as long as female revolutionaries have anything to say about it.
The best way to help the protesters in Sudan? Cover the story.
This week the world is celebrating Aung San Suu Kyi’s achievements as a pro-democracy activist. Now the question is: Can she finish the job?
Why the West shouldn't expect Russia's policy on Syria to change anytime soon.
Don't count the tyrants out. They've still got plenty of tricks up their sleeves.
Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.
How a West Texas oil town became an unlikely champion of human rights.