It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.
I was one of Ashraf Ghani’s chief campaign strategists, and no, we did not steal the Afghan election. We won it fair and square -- with Facebook, road rallies, and people power.
Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?
The injustice of watching from England as the Scots destroy the United Kingdom.
Cambodia's prime minister made a promise to tackle the country's most nagging social problem. Now his compatriots are taking him at his word.
Ukraine's new rulers hope to clean up a country that is among the most corrupt in the world. But they don't have a chance if the Western banks keep accepting money stolen from Ukraine.
With the independence referendum looming, public opinion is shocking the political establishment by shifting in favor of a break from the United Kingdom. Should Europe prepare the welcome mat for a brand-new country?
The arrest of Bahraini human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja marks a new low point for the country’s autocracy.
After years of pursuing peace and stability, Kenya's political factions are returning to bare-knuckle politics.
Moldova could be the Kremlin's next target. But Europe isn't ready to come to the rescue.
One of China's best-known dissidents writes about life as a prisoner of conscience in Beijing.
A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.
The revolutionaries of the Maidan wanted to end crony capitalism. But it's back with a vengeance.
Africa's Ebola outbreak isn't just a health care problem. It's also about a crisis of governance.
In order to get Iraq right in 2014, politicians have to admit that they got Iraq wrong in 2003.
I went to Cairo to present Egypt's leaders with evidence that police slaughtered 1,000 people at Rabaa Square. They wouldn't even let me out of the airport.
The years of easy growth are over. Turkey can only sustain its economic success by undertaking bold reforms. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.
After 11 increasingly authoritarian years as prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is running for president on Aug. 10. What happens next won’t surprise you.
Why an Erdogan victory in Turkey's presidential election is likely to trigger the biggest opposition backlash yet. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.
Yemen's al Qaeda franchise isn't moving to create its own Islamic state quite yet. But the fact that it continues to thrive is ominous enough.
Why African leaders have growing doubts about the virtues of free trade.
Georgia's ex-president stands accused of abusing his power. His friends in the West should let the law run its course.
Face it: Hillary Clinton will be a two-term president, and I’ll vote for her. But a Democratic stranglehold on the White House is bad for America.
Lines between countries used to have little importance in Africa's most dynamic region. How times have changed.
Why renaming a Washington street after a leading Chinese dissident is an excellent idea.
How Israel’s hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left.
Burma's democratic transition is running off the rails. Obama and Kerry can help to bring it back on track.