Corruption

Argument

The Dicey Democrat

How a pillar of the old regime in Burma is working to prove his democratic credentials.

William Lloyd-George |

Feature

The Cult of Massoud

How Afghanistan’s Che Guevara still haunts Hamid Karzai.

James Verini |

Argument

Southeast Asia's Economic Poster Child Is Stalling

How the Communist Party is fiddling while Vietnam burns.

Ben Bland |

Argument

Human Rights Now

Six ways China's new leader could be the reformer the Chinese have been waiting for.

Sophie Richardson |

Argument

The Orangutan in a Tuxedo

The good news: Colombia is stable. The bad news: Colombia is stable.

James A. Robinson |

Argument

Coming Apart at the Seams

Burma’s ruling party is under stress. Democrats should be careful what they wish for.

Larry Jagan |

Dispatch

Kafka in Beijing

A tale of an alleged rape and one woman's futile quest for justice in modern China.

John Garnaut |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Nightmare Squared

Longing for the days of Kim Jong Il? Maybe it's time to transfer your affections to the delusional dictator of Equatorial Guinea.

Pedro Pizano |

Argument

The Secret of Islamist Success

Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.

Dalibor Rohac |

Dispatch

Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.

Molly Corso |

Feature

Afghanistan's Gray Future

It's Hamid Karzai's country now, and not everything is black and white.

Haseeb Humayoon |

Argument

Blindsided

The results of Georgia’s parliamentary election caught American pollsters completely off guard. They should have tried asking the right questions.

James Kirchick |

Christian Caryl

The Big Bang Theory of Education

Authoritarian countries don't seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That's probably no accident.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |

Case Studies

Rebooting the Bureaucracy in Georgia

As Georgian voters prepare to vote in a crucial parliamentary election, a look back at one of the signature programs of President Mikheil Saakashvili. 

Richard Bennet |

Argument

In Georgia, Two Machines Are Better Than One

The run-up to Georgia's October 1 election has been dirty, demeaning, and rife with abuses of power and allegations of corruption. It’s also the best thing to happen to Georgia in a long time.

Scott Radnitz |

Argument

India, Meet Icarus

Why no one should be surprised that the emerging economic superpower is getting cut back down to size.

Peter Passell |

Argument

Burma's President Shakes Up the Chessboard

Why the president's cabinet reshuffle portends a new move toward reform.

Larry Jagan |

Argument

Bullish on the Bear

It’s hard to find people who are optimistic about the future of Russian democracy. Leon Aron explains why he’s one of them.

Paul Starobin |

The List

Corruptistan

Meet the oil barons, fashion divas, and ruling families of Central Asia.

Katherin Machalek |

Dispatch

China’s Fishy Show Trial

The verdict is in: Bo Xilai's wife is guilty. But the Chinese government's carefully crafted story is full of holes.

Christina Larson |

Dispatch

Our Man in Kigali

For years, Rwanda's budding dictator, Paul Kagame, has gotten away with murder, while winning praise (and billions of dollars) from the West. But is the blind support for this strongman finally drying up?

Anjan Sundaram |

Argument

Money Pit on the Potomac

Why is the Pentagon spending billions on breast cancer research?

John Norris |

Argument

The House of Nehru-Gandhi

India ought to consider becoming a constitutional monarchy. After all, it already has a royal family.

Sadanand Dhume |

Christian Caryl

Plague of Thugs

Why Mideast dictators use hoodlums to suppress dissent.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Dereliction of Duty

A new U.N. report has highlighted Rwanda's responsibility for continuing conflict in the Congo. Washington's inaction is an outrage.

Jeffrey Tayler |

Argument

How to Get Your Country off the Sh*t List

An open letter to the leaders of Eritrea, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Sudan, Pakistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and other countries too numerous to list here.

John Norris |

Argument

Mexico's Bright Light

Even as the country around it sinks into a morass of drug-fueled crime, Mexico City has remained surprisingly safe.

Larry Kaplow |