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.
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.