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.
Of all the Arab Spring countries, little Tunisia is the one that's making the most progress toward full-fledged democracy.
I wrote a book about 1979, but I left out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Here’s why.
Their religion may stress peace, but some Buddhists are showing that they’re entirely capable of violence in the name of faith.
The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?
How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.
The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.
Land is more than real estate. In many parts of the world, it’s the key to survival, belonging, and identity.
Forget about the “war on terror.” The next few decades will be dominated by the bitter divide within Islam itself.
The 43rd president of the United States did a great thing for humankind -- but most Americans have no idea.
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.