Democracy

Argument

Venezuela's Middle Ground

Critics charge that Venezuela's anti-government protesters almost exclusively represent the middle class. The reality is more complicated -- and revealing.

Javier Corrales |

Argument

War and Purgatory

What Syria can learn from Bosnia and its post-war mistakes.

Heather McRobie |

Argument

Watching Modi, the Maestro, at Work

On the campaign trail in India, the election front-runner takes the high road, while his Hindu nationalist followers support him from below.

James Traub |

Argument

Algeria's New Era

Algeria's long-ruling president is cruising to victory in the polls. But the outside world shouldn't be fooled: The authorities are losing control.

Amel Boubekeur |

Argument

Beware of the Pax Mafioso

Corruption plagues many democracies, emerging or otherwise. Here are a few tips for those who want to fight back.

Kristen Sample |

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 |

Argument

Fighting for the Public Square

Countries around the world, both democratic and authoritarian, are cracking down on freedom of assembly. It's time to push back.

Douglas Rutzen |

Putinology

Life for Russia's Liberals Just Got a Whole Lot Worse

Moscow's annexation of Crimea is fueling a surge of "patriotism" -- and a new sense of claustrophobia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

Afghan Graffiti

How a street art campaign in Kandahar City got under the Taliban's skin.

Casey Johnson |

Argument

Say No to Civil War

The coming election in Iraq could decide the fate of the country's struggling democracy. The United States needs to take a stand.

Saleh Mutlaq |

Argument

How the U.S. Can Help North Africa's Democracy Champion

Tunisia has made it farther down the road to democracy than any other Arab Spring country. That means that it deserves hands-on support from the West -- sooner rather than later.

Isobel Coleman |

Argument

The Election Is the Enemy

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Barnett R. Rubin |

Argument

America the Gentle Giant

How the United States can shape the world without boots on the ground and bombs in the air.  

Kristin Lord |

Putinology

Ukraine's Unfinished Revolution

Radical nationalists want to continue the revolution that toppled Yanukovych. But they're probably just making matters worse.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Shoring Up the Fragile State

Societies attempting to make the transition to democracy should start by establishing a consensus on basic values.

Seth Kaplan |

COLUMN

The New Mayor of Kabul

Why Afghanistan's next president won't succeed without the warlords -- or the Taliban.

Leela Jacinto |

Dispatch

Buffering

Turkey's hard-headed prime minister bans YouTube, as a divided country votes on his increasingly paranoid rule.

Jenna Krajeski |

Dispatch

Sound and Fury on the Bosphorus

As chaos swirls around Turkey's embattled prime minister, can the opposition take advantage?

Lauren Bohn |

Argument

Why Burma Is Heading Downhill Fast

Rivalries among the political elite are exacerbating divides and allowing urgent problems to fester. Can anyone stop the rot?

Min Zin |

Argument

Tall Stories

Hey, world, we Malaysians know you want straight answers about MH370. But you’re asking the wrong government.

Hui Mei Liew Kaiser |

Putinology

Worlds Apart

Russians are celebrating Crimea's return. The West is bent on punishing Moscow. And Ukrainians are feeling more besieged than ever.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

The Candidate from a Different Planet

Can a flashy, Western-friendly, millionaire really win Libya's race for prime minister?

Mary Fitzgerald |

Christian Caryl

SEALed and Delivered in Libya

President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Yes, There Are Bad Guys in the Ukrainian Government

It's time for a frank conversation about some of the unsavory characters in Kiev.

Andrew Foxall |

David Rothkopf

Disconnected

As technological development shifts into hyperspeed, governments remain stuck in neutral.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

Republic of Fear

Welcome to the Orwellian world of pre-referendum Crimea.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Christian Caryl

Dropping the Political F-Bomb

Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

Constitutional Confidence

What "We the People" tells us about trust in our fellow Americans.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Putinology

A Russian Dissident Tries to Build Bridges to Ukraine

Ex-prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky visited Kiev this week. But are Ukrainians ready to trust a prominent Russian -- even if he is Putin's foe?

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.

Christian Caryl |