Democracy

Argument

Development Shouldn't Give Democracy the Cold Shoulder

Why it’s time to include democracy in global development goals.

Vidar Helgesen |

Dispatch

Political Idol

A new reality television competition is booming in Beirut and Ramallah: democratic politics.

Fernande van Tets |

Argument

An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?

Karen J. Coates |

Putinology

Vendetta Politics in Georgia

Georgia is succumbing to a disease that plagues other post-Soviet countries: Newly elected leaders' urge to crack down on their predecessors.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

What I Left Out

I wrote a book about 1979, but I left out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Here’s why.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Optimist's Case for Yemen

Her country is in turmoil. But Yemen’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate believes that the revolution can still succeed.

Jeff Gedmin |

Argument

Too Fast, Too Soon

Why Obama's embrace of Myanmar is putting the cart before the horse.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

Texas Hold 'Em in Tehran

Can the Supreme Leader bluff and bully his way to getting what he wants in Iran’s crucial upcoming presidential election?

Yasmin Alem |

Daniel Altman

Are We Becoming Argentina?

The Republican Party is taking America down a dangerous path.

Daniel Altman |

Interview

Bassem Youssef Isn't Joking Around

The Egyptian satirist stands on the front lines of Egypt’s culture wars.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

J-School in the Land of the Junta

Can Burma build a free media or will the government’s new soft-sell propaganda win out?

Dustin Roasa |

Putinology

The 'Cold Peace' Between Moscow and Washington Just Got Colder

The arrest of the alleged CIA agent in Moscow looks like a joke. But it actually illustrates just how tense U.S.-Russian relations have become.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

It’s a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Be a Reporter There

How did Turkey become the world's leading jailer of journalists?

Christophe Deloire |

Argument

Too Many Stakeholders Spoil the Soup

Broadening global governance of the Internet sounds like a reasonable aim, but it’s actually cover for some very undemocratic behavior.

Eli Dourado |

Interview

'We Are Not Fanatic Killers'

In an exclusive conversation with Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas chief talks about how Assad should have listened to his advice, and why he’s not “bloodthirsty” or “against” Jews.

David Kenner |

Argument

Sharifistan

The winner of Pakistan’s monumental election can celebrate democracy in action, but there’s still a long way to go.

Arif Rafiq |

Think Again

Pakistan’s Rollercoaster Election

Is this a generationally significant change of power, or more of the same dysfunction?

Michael Kugelman |

Argument

It's Morning in Islamabad

Yes, it’s broke, violent, and tumultuous. But here are five reasons Pakistan is better off than you think.

Mosharraf Zaidi |

BOOK CLUB

A Turbulent Valley in a Turbulent Decade

A Review of Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin. 

Joshua Foust |

Argument

Morsy and the Muslims

Is Egypt’s government getting more Islamist?

Shadi Hamid |

Putinology

Swampland

One year later, Russia’s diminished opposition returns to Bolotnaya Square.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

It's Time for Burma's President to Act

The civil war in Burma goes on. But the government seems powerless to stop it.

David Scott Mathieson |

Case Studies

Outfoxing the Oligarchs in Latvia

How a tiny Baltic republic succeeded in taking its oligarchs down a peg.

Gabriel Kuris |

Marc Lynch

How Syria Ruined the Arab Spring

Hopes for peaceful change have been replaced by sectarian animosity and unending bloodshed.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

Ghostbusters

Malaysia’s pro-democracy activists might not win Sunday’s election. But they could win the battle against electoral fraud.

Deborah Loh |

Daniel Altman

8 Myths About India's Growth

On closer inspection, the Indian miracle turns out to be pretty ordinary after all.

Daniel Altman |

Feature

The End of the Gandhis

Can Rahul Gandhi run India? Can anybody?

James Traub |

In Box

Hacktivism: A Short History

How self-absorbed computer nerds became a powerful force for freedom. 

Ty McCormick |

In Box

You Can't Go Home Again

An exiled journalist returns to a changed Burma.

Min Zin |