Though rumors of gay scandal are swirling around Pope Benedict’s retirement, it’s larger concerns that will test the Vatican as the Conclave begins.
A farewell to the man who spoke out against Latin America’s leading bullies.
Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.
Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?
The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability. But they're really making excuses for decay.
It's not jihadists who are threatening to destroy Mali -- it's a massive culture of government corruption.
Ukraine has long faced a choice: Should it cast its lot with Russia or the European Union? 2013 is shaping up to be the year Kyiv finally decides. The first in our series of Lab Reports.
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.
Egypt is witnessing the slow-motion collapse of a stagnant and brutal political order.
The world’s leading nations are convening a meeting on the fight against corruption. Here’s what they ought to be discussing.
Nicaragua’s president is the latest Latin American populist to flirt with the market. But his political risks are high.
How a Brazilian government commission tried to fight back against sleaze.
The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.
How Japan's murky underworld became the patron and power broker of the ruling party that intended to clean up politics.
Yemenis hope that a planned National Dialogue will save the revolution. But what abut the guys with the guns?
How a mayor set out to save a Sicilian city from neglect and Mafia influence.
The new Georgian government's arrests of oppositionists have critics crying foul. But they should let justice run its course.
Mongolia has been doing a remarkable job of managing a natural-resource bonanza. But dangers still lie ahead.
Georgia's president-elect is putting the country in strong danger of losing its hard won democracy.