Democracy

Putinology

The Ukrainian President's Big Broken Promise

Why the Ukrainian leader's decision to backtrack on Europe could cost him his political career.

Anna Nemtsova |

Photo Essay

'I Am Fundamentally an Optimist'

With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.

Marya Hannun |

Argument

A Deeper Shade of Orange

How the latest mass protests in Ukraine go beyond the revolution of 2004.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Daniel Altman

Lemon Law

How crappy used cars explain the chaos in Thailand and Egypt.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Drafting Discord

Why Egypt's next constitution won't fulfill the democratic dreams of the revolution.

Isobel Coleman |

Terms of Engagement

The Bear Hug

Vladimir Putin is cheering Ukraine's stiff-arm to Europe. But can Kiev also keep Russia at arm's length?

James Traub |

Argument

The Curse of Low Expectations

Lessons for democracy from Madagascar's election.

Brian Klaas |

Lab Report

The Grassroots Are Growing

Despite Ukraine's countless problems, its civil society is proving remarkably vibrant. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

Nadia Diuk |

Lab Report

The Basket Case

One of Europe's biggest countries is on the verge of economic collapse. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

Anders Åslund |

Christian Caryl

Ukraine's Hostage Crisis

How one woman's fate is derailing Ukraine's European dream.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Thailand's War of Attrition

As the government and opposition forces take to the streets, an exiled billionaire waits in the wings, and battle lines are drawn.

Steve Finch |

Marc Lynch

Peak Middle East?

Why the administration is giving a free pass to Egypt's military regime.

Marc Lynch |

Dispatch

Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

Eric Randolph |

Dispatch

The Listener-In-Chief

On the road with Burma's reformist president.

Gwen Robinson |

Christian Caryl

Does the World Need a Vatican Spring?

Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

A Home Truth

Europe says it will now welcome gay asylum-seekers -- even as the EU’s own LGBT communities suffer discrimination and violence.

Harriet Salem |

Report

Is Washington Letting This American Rot in a Cuban Jail?

Havana keeps saying that it's willing to let this U.S. contractor go. But the White House and Congress keep rejecting the offers.

Yochi Dreazen |

Christian Caryl

The LGBT Global Values Gap

The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Maksim's Warriors

How one of Russia's young ultranationalists sees the world.

Anna Nemtsova |

Terms of Engagement

Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

James Traub |

Argument

The End of India's Sovereignty Hawks?

It’s time for the world’s largest democracy to start promoting human rights.

Sumit Ganguly |

David Rothkopf

Waiting in the Wings

As America's star power dims, who will take center stage?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Case Studies

The Changemakers

How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.

Rushda Majeed |

Putinology

On the Edge of Siberia's Dark Blue Heart

Time has finally run out for the town of Baikalsk.

Anna Nemstova |

Argument

What to Pack When You're Leaving a War

As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?

Frank Jacobs |

Argument

The Greatest Enemy of Privacy Is Ambiguity

If we can't define what it means to be left alone, don't be surprised when the government comes knocking.

J.M. Berger |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Vote of the Living Dead

Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.

Christopher Walker |

Argument

Doing Away with Et Cetera

Bosnia's current constitution leaves some people unrepresented. It's time to move away from ethnicity and toward citizenship.

Luka Oreskovic |