Democracy

Argument

The Dissident's Toolkit

Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.

Erica Chenoweth |

Christian Caryl

Tycoon Warning

How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

The Race War in Russia's Capital

How simmering ethnic hatred in Moscow exploded into violence.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Georgia's Surprising New Normal

For the first time in recent memory, Georgia's presidential race isn't about the big names.

Michael Cecire |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Christian Caryl

Peer Pressure

The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.

Christian Caryl |

Case Studies

Redrawing the Map for Democracy

How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.

Rachel Jackson |

Dispatch

The Long March North

The Algerian government has a long track record of subduing protest movements. Is it about to meet its match?

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle |

Argument

Al Qaeda's Syrian Strategy

Can Islamic jihadists win hearts and minds in the war against Assad?

Barak Barfi |

Argument

So What About the Other 364 Days a Year?

Forget the single-minded focus on election day. What Azerbaijan needs is support for its civil society.

Melinda Haring |

Daniel Altman

A Plan to Save the Republican Party

Breaking up may be hard to do, but it's the GOP's best chance for survival.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Is Democracy Dead in the Birthplace of the Arab Spring?

As Tunisia’s government collapses, citizens begin to long for the days of Ben Ali.

Bruce Stokes |

Argument

Why We Should No Longer Trust the Words 'Free and Fair'

International election monitors are devaluing their verdicts for political reasons. It's time to stop.

Silvana Toska |

Argument

Remember Cairo?

While Washington focuses on Syria and Iran, Egypt looks headed for a dangerous and destabilizing insurgency.

Shadi Hamid |

Argument

Africa's Phoenix

Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.

Armin Rosen |

Christian Caryl

The Fight for the Soul of Russia’s Opposition

As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Mali 2.0

The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.

Peter Tinti |

Putinology

Dagestan's Desperate Search for Peace

The people who live in Russia's troubled North Caucasus republic hope that their new president will make a difference. But the chaos and bloodshed are deepening with every day.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

Barcode Nation

Why some Indians are still fighting back against the country's new biometric ID system.

Sriram Balasubramanian |

Argument

The Dangers of Setting the Bar Too High

Turkey won't be able to achieve a healthy democracy unless it allows for a greater diversity of political representation.

Cenk Sidar |

Dispatch

Coming In From the Cold

For years the Houthis have been derided as subversives and separatists. Now they're sitting at the table in Sanaa.

TIK ROOT |

Dispatch

The Hunted

As Egypt's military government cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood with unprecedented force, the defiant are going underground.

Bel Trew |

Christian Caryl

Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

One Size Does Not Fit All

Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.

Tomas Bridle |

Christian Caryl

Just Show It

The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

The Pen and the Sword

Egypt's foremost novelist on revolution, dentistry, democracy, and why the Muslim Brotherhood is a "terroristic, underground, armed group."

David Kenner |

Argument

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?

Blair Glencorse |

In Box

Psych the Vote

Five surprising insights into voting behavior from the cutting edge of psychology.

Joshua E. Keating |

David Rothkopf

The Gamble

Five big consequences of the president's call to let Congress decide about America's Syrian intervention.

David Rothkopf |