Democracy

Argument

South Africa, Unequal by Design

How Nelson Mandela's legacy is holding South Africa back.

Mike Albertus |

Lab Report

Cleaning House in Kenya's Police Force

Why security sector reform in Kenya has been much more successful than you might think. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Kenya.

Alexander Noyes |

Lab Report

Venezuela’s Glass Revolution

In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.

Juan Nagel |

Putinology

Putin's Knack for Surprise

Behind Putin's sudden release of former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Anna Nemtsova |

Terms of Engagement

The Autocrat's Emergency Bailout Fund

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?

James Traub |

Argument

The End of Erdogan?

Why a power struggle over Turkey's deep state could bring down the government.

John Hannah |

Argument

Is Congo Finally Getting Its Act Together?

After decades of corruption and conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo edges toward statehood.

James A. Robinson |

Argument

Misunderestimating Corruption

Why sleaze is so hard to calculate.

Peter Murrell |

Argument

Too Much of a Good Thing

Did local democracy help or hinder post-2001 Afghanistan? An MIT study comes up with some surprising insights.

Fotini Christia |

Argument

The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

How a decades-old fake coup attempt is taking its toll on Tunisia.

Brian Klaas |

Profile

The Police Are Dogs

No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.

Fadil Aliriza |

Putinology

Heroes of the Maidan

An on-the-ground look at Ukraine's continuing anti-government protests.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Desert Versus the Delta

Why democracy is good for the environment.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections

Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.

Alex Hanna |

Argument

Back in the USSR

The Ukraine protests aren’t about the dream of Europe, but the fear of a Belarusian nightmare.

Michael Weiss |

Argument

A Cambodian Awakening

The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.

Ellen Bork |

The New New Normal

The Roadblock

If the West doesn't shape up, the rest of the world will just go around it.

Mohamed A. El-Erian |

David Rothkopf

Dysfunction Junction

Public officials from Beijing to D.C. are failing to rise to the world's challenges. That's where FP's Global Thinkers come in.

David Rothkopf |

Feature

Machines of Loving Grace

I'd rather risk becoming a terrorist's victim than live under a surveillance state.

William T. Vollmann |

Think Again

Think Again: Nelson Mandela

The man behind the myth -- and the tenuous future of South Africa.

John Campbell |

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 |