Democracy

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 |

Putinology

Who Will Be the President of Novorossiya?

A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine: They're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Get Real, Nick Kristof

Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Kicking Putin off the Island

Russia after Putin doesn't need to be Putinist, and driving a wedge between the craven president and his inner circle is the first step.

Andrew Foxall |

Interview

'What Is Happening in Ukraine Is Dangerous for Russia'

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on what his country really needs from the West and why Putin's politics just don't make sense.

David Patrikarakos |

Interview

'Remind People that I Won’t Be Free for Long'

Anwar Ibrahim on Malaysia’s mishandling of MH370, President Obama, and good Jews and bad Jews.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

The Kremlin's Faux 'Freedom Fighters'

Russia denies that it's meddling in Ukraine. But the pro-Russian forces out there don't always hide their links to Moscow.

Andrew Foxall |

Argument

Can Big Data Stop Wars Before They Happen?

Number crunching and pattern recognition may hold the key to predicting and preventing conflicts. But first, peace-builders need to change the way they do business.

Sheldon Himelfarb |

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 |