Democracy

Argument

What Strongmen Have to Fear

Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.

Andrea Kendall-Taylor |

Profile

Building Palestinian Democracy, One Brick at a Time

Palestinian businessman Bashar al-Masri has a plan for building democracy on the West Bank. And it's not really about politics.

Jonathan Schienberg |

Argument

A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine

Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.

Erica Chenoweth |

Dispatch

After the Revolution Comes Consensus

Forty years ago, the enemy of democracy in Portugal was fascism. Now it's just Europolitics.

EMILY CHERTOFF |

Putinology

'Girls, Stop What You're Doing or Die'

In Ukraine, women militants are taking up weapons on both sides of the barricades.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Egypt Must Stop Penalizing the Poor

A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.

Allison Corkery |

Profile

Ukraine's Chocolate King to the Rescue

Ukrainians hope that Petro Poroshenko can lead them out of the current crisis. But can one man provide the solution to all the country's problems?

Annabelle Chapman |

Christian Caryl

Is the Vatican Guilty of Torture?

History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

India wrapped up the largest democratic election in the world; Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests; and Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine concluded a controversial referendum for self-rule.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

Downbeat in Doha

In Qatar's gilded schmoozefest forum, some weird ideas about America were getting tossed around this year.

James Traub |

Argument

The Skeleton in Chile's Closet

Chile has made progress toward democracy. Why do its indigenous people still feel left out?

Mira Galanova |

Dispatch

The Ballot and the Barrel

An obscure Indian law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons during election season. But India’s gun lobby says it only encourages a spike in violence.

Vivekananda Nemana |

Argument

Can Europe's Security Watchdog Survive the Crisis in Ukraine?

The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.

Spencer Oliver |

Argument

Why Burma's Top General Is Playing Peacemaker

The leader of Burma's military is leveraging peace talks to position himself for next year's epochal presidential election.

Su Mon Thazin Aung |

Dispatch

South Africa's Never-Ending Party

Jacob Zuma's seemingly invincible ANC is back on top -- but that doesn't mean it will continue to rule “until Jesus comes back.”

Roy Robins |

Argument

Oliver Stone's Disgraceful Tribute to Hugo Chávez

How the renowned director's latest film distorts history and whitewashes an authoritarian thug.

Jeffrey Tayler |

Argument

Preventing the Next Genocide

Burma's Rohingya minority could fall victim to full-scale genocide if the international community doesn't intervene.

Sir Geoffrey Nice |

Argument

Putin's Assault on Civil Society Continues

Russian civil society organizations are actually doing a remarkable job of fighting back against discriminatory legislation. But a new bill presented to parliament sends an ominous signal.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Christian Caryl

In a Divided Ukraine, Even Victory Over Hitler Isn’t What It Used to Be

As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

What Mobutu Did Right

Seventeen years after he fled the country, Mobutu Sese Seko is still being held responsible for the shortcomings of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here's why that view is overly simplistic.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele |

Argument

Why Jews and Ukrainians Have Become Unlikely Allies

The history of Jewish-Ukrainian relations hasn't been a happy one. But these days, the two sides are joining forces against Vladimir Putin.

Josh Cohen |

Report

‘Everyone Is Corrupt in Kenya, Even Grandmothers’

Is East Africa’s economic powerhouse becoming the continent’s newest lootocracy?

Michela Wrong |

Dispatch

Then They Came for the Revolutionaries

Egypt's April 6 movement, which sparked the protests that toppled Mubarak and Morsi, now finds itself in the cross-hairs of the new government.

Bel Trew |

Argument

Grading Egypt's Roadmap Toward Democracy

Is president-in-waiting Abdel Fattah al-Sisi living up to his word?

Nathan J. Brown |

Argument

How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin's strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.

Peter Pomerantsev |

Christian Caryl

How to Win the Information War against Vladimir Putin

The best antidote to propaganda isn't counterpropaganda. It's access to accurate information.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Despite the Election, India Still Isn't Confronting Corruption

As the Indian election continues, voters are concerned about corruption like never before. But will anything really change?

Laurence Cockcroft |

Dispatch

Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood Struggles to Grow

Can the Islamist party thrive in the turbulent politics of post-Qaddafi Libya?

Mary Fitzgerald |

Argument

Can Ghana's Democracy Save It from the Oil Curse?

Ghana is one of Africa's big economic success stories. But the discovery of oil has confronted it with some tricky problems.

Robert Looney |

Tea Leaf Nation

Is Taiwan Sinking Back Into Obscurity?

For a brief spell, a student movement plucked the island from media purgatory. But the spotlight is dimming.

Chris Fuchs |