The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.
Pope Francis wants to reform the church. But does that mean giving believers a vote?
Europe says it will now welcome gay asylum-seekers -- even as the EU’s own LGBT communities suffer discrimination and violence.
Havana keeps saying that it's willing to let this U.S. contractor go. But the White House and Congress keep rejecting the offers.
The world is profoundly divided over gay rights -- and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?
It’s time for the world’s largest democracy to start promoting human rights.
Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.
How reformers made the Bangladeshi civil service more responsive to people's needs.
Time has finally run out for the town of Baikalsk.
As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?
If we can't define what it means to be left alone, don't be surprised when the government comes knocking.
What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.
Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.
Bosnia's current constitution leaves some people unrepresented. It's time to move away from ethnicity and toward citizenship.
Tunisia's first suicide bomber in decades managed to kill only himself. But that's little consolation to a people who are fighting to keep their transition on track.
Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.
How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.
How simmering ethnic hatred in Moscow exploded into violence.
For the first time in recent memory, Georgia's presidential race isn't about the big names.
It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.
The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.
How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.
The Algerian government has a long track record of subduing protest movements. Is it about to meet its match?