Borders

Feature

Princesses Without Borders

The long, weird, tangled history of starting your own country.

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian |

In Box

Illegal Alien: A Short History

Undocumented? Unauthorized? Illegal? After 250 years, we're still debating what to call America’s visa-less immigrants.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

Dispatch

You Can't Go Home Again

Georgians from the would-be state of Abkhazia have spent decades trying to rebuild their lives after conflict forced them from their homes. But today, the wounds of war still feel fresh.

Paul Brian |

Putinology

Novorossiya Is Coming Apart at the Seams

Moscow dreamed of transforming southeastern Ukraine into a client state. But the Kremlin's plans are fraying as Kiev pushes back.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Why East Africa's Borders Are Blowing Up

Lines between countries used to have little importance in Africa's most dynamic region. How times have changed.

Daniel Branch |

Christian Caryl

9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate

If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

The Uprooted

Two decades after an official cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, hundreds of thousands of Azeris remain displaced.

Ed Kashi |

Argument

'Strike Him with an Axe'

A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Argument

Immigration Reform Is Happening

With the federal government paralyzed by partisan bickering over undocumented immigrants, states and cities are leading the way.

Shannon O'Neil |

Argument

Is Europe Ready to Commit?

Georgians worry that their passion for Europe isn't being reciprocated. And Russia is ready to step in.

Peter Pomerantsev |

Putinology

More Reporters Die in Eastern Ukraine

Should journalists killed in action be mourned less because they were working for the Kremlin?

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Learning from Crimea

Western governments are right to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. But that shouldn't stop them from building ties to contested regions.

Lincoln Mitchell |

Argument

The Rouhani Paradox

Iran's president came to office promising liberalization and a better relationship with the West. But can he really have both?

Nazila Fathi |

Putinology

Mourning Lost Friends

Today is Journalists' Day in Ukraine. But in a time of war there's little to celebrate.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

U.S. Companies Still Puzzling Over North Korean Gold Question

After disclosing that they used the forbidden metal, some companies are still trying to figure out whether they did.

Jamila Trindle |

Profile

Building Palestinian Democracy, One Brick at a Time

Palestinian businessman Bashar al-Masri has a plan for building democracy on the West Bank. And it's not really about politics.

Jonathan Schienberg |

Argument

A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine

Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.

Erica Chenoweth |

Profile

Ukraine's Chocolate King to the Rescue

Ukrainians hope that Petro Poroshenko can lead them out of the current crisis. But can one man provide the solution to all the country's problems?

Annabelle Chapman |

Argument

The Skeleton in Chile's Closet

Chile has made progress toward democracy. Why do its indigenous people still feel left out?

Mira Galanova |

Argument

Can Europe's Security Watchdog Survive the Crisis in Ukraine?

The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.

Spencer Oliver |

Argument

Why Burma's Top General Is Playing Peacemaker

The leader of Burma's military is leveraging peace talks to position himself for next year's epochal presidential election.

Su Mon Thazin Aung |

Argument

What Mobutu Did Right

Seventeen years after he fled the country, Mobutu Sese Seko is still being held responsible for the shortcomings of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here's why that view is overly simplistic.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele |

Argument

Why Jews and Ukrainians Have Become Unlikely Allies

The history of Jewish-Ukrainian relations hasn't been a happy one. But these days, the two sides are joining forces against Vladimir Putin.

Josh Cohen |

Argument

How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin's strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.

Peter Pomerantsev |

COLUMN

Stay Away from Camel Milk and Egyptian Tomb Bats

A deadly SARS-like virus is sweeping the Middle East -- could it go global?

Laurie Garrett |

Putinology

Who Will Be the President of Novorossiya?

A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine: They're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The Kremlin's Faux 'Freedom Fighters'

Russia denies that it's meddling in Ukraine. But the pro-Russian forces out there don't always hide their links to Moscow.

Andrew Foxall |

Report

Atención Walmart Shoppers

Could the mega-retailer take over the business of sending money home?

Jamila Trindle |

Report

Leaky Borders

Millions collected on goods coming into Afghanistan isn’t making it to state coffers.

Jamila Trindle |

Christian Caryl

Imagining Invasion on Vladimir Putin's Doorstep

Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.

Christian Caryl |