Pakistan's former dictator returned home to what he thought would be a hero's welcome. Instead, a court ordered his arrest -- and put the military in an awkward spot.
Just one year into François Hollande's presidency, he's on the ropes and praying for a miracle.
Russia is pushing ahead with its projects for the 2014 Winter Olympics. But not everyone is happy.
Why the daughter of Malaysia’s opposition leader embodies the hopes of the democratic reform movement.
Why Reagan’s former budget chief is like a crazy person howling in the wind. Let’s ignore him.
Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.
Was a U.N. diplomat pushed out of his position for airing Port-au-Prince's dirty laundry in public?
Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.
Chechnya’s president is building power in Russia. And his thugs aren't listening to the FSB.
The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?
Toppling dictators isn't enough. Successful revolutions also embrace the rule of law.
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.
There’s a distinct whiff of desire for political change wafting through the Caucasus.
Why China's military is a threat to its neighbors, but shouldn't concern the United States on its home turf.
China’s new leader has consolidated his power. So what is he going to do with it?
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.