Democracy Lab

Putinology

The Forgotten Victims of the War in Ukraine

We're right to mourn the dead of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But that doesn't mean we should forget the others whose lives are being forever altered by the war.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

India's NGO Backlash

India prides itself on its respect for democratic values. So why are civil society groups under attack?

Ram Mashru |

Argument

'Strike Him with an Axe'

A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.

Alexander J. Motyl |

Argument

The Boko Haram Economy

Nigeria now boasts the largest economy in Africa. So why are homegrown terrorists thriving?

Robert Looney |

Argument

Ukraine's Do-It-Yourself War

Ukraine's military isn't up to the task of fighting off pro-Russian separatists itself. So ordinary citizens are picking up the slack.

Vera Mironova |

Argument

The Third Wave Peters Out

The end of the Cold War ushered in an era of expanding freedom. Is the golden age of democratic transitions drawing to a close?

Marc Plattner |

Argument

Undoing the Resource Curse

How oil can save Libyan democracy.

Terra Lawson-Remer |

Christian Caryl

Rwandan Shadows

Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Still in the Closet

Life isn't easy for Malaysian gays. And it may actually be getting worse.

Lim Li Min |

Argument

When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

In Burma, an ultranationalist Buddhist militia is training to "defend the fatherland" against Rohingya Muslims.

David Brenner |

Argument

Is Europe Ready to Commit?

Georgians worry that their passion for Europe isn't being reciprocated. And Russia is ready to step in.

Peter Pomerantsev |

Argument

Build a Party, Beware of Judges, and Never Give Up

Lessons from a lifetime of political activism.

Mohamed Nasheed |

Argument

The Scandal of Ambassador Zeid

Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.

Jacob Mchangama |

Argument

The Great Iraqi Jail Break

Iraq’s jihadist army has figured out a surefire way to sow chaos: by opening prison doors.

Aki Peritz |

Argument

The Participation Gap

Why the problem of inequality isn’t just about differences in income.

Devin Stewart |

Putinology

More Reporters Die in Eastern Ukraine

Should journalists killed in action be mourned less because they were working for the Kremlin?

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Mosul's Christians Say Goodbye

The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

In Yemen, A Revolution in Reverse

A fuel crisis prompts worries that the old regime is exploiting instability to bring itself back to power.

Peter Salisbury |

Dispatch

Ukraine Wins a Battle in the East

How Ukrainian forces took back a town controlled by pro-Russian separatists -- and scored a major victory for their country's morale.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Argument

Learning from Crimea

Western governments are right to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. But that shouldn't stop them from building ties to contested regions.

Lincoln Mitchell |

Argument

The Rouhani Paradox

Iran's president came to office promising liberalization and a better relationship with the West. But can he really have both?

Nazila Fathi |

Argument

Colombia Calls a Draw in the War on Drugs

After years of bloodshed, Colombia's government is teaming up with its former rebel enemies to beat the drug problem.

Oliver Kaplan |

Lab Report

A Tale of Two Decrees

Tunisia's media sector still has a long way to go before it can serve as a bulwark of democracy. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Fadil Aliriza |

Christian Caryl

False Positive

Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Mourning Lost Friends

Today is Journalists' Day in Ukraine. But in a time of war there's little to celebrate.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Thailand Needs to Talk

The latest military coup in Thailand won't ensure real stability unless the country's new rulers address the deeper causes of political conflict.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez |

Argument

The Lady Rallies the Masses Once Again

Aung San Suu Kyi wants to change the Burmese constitution. But will the military really go along?

Min Zin |

Lab Report

Put Tunisians Back to Work

Post-revolutionary Tunisia has made great strides toward democracy. Now it needs to deliver on promises of economic growth. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Emmanuel Martin |

Christian Caryl

Not So Happy In Iran

Iran’s ayatollahs are going nuts over a harmless video. But they’re not the first autocrats to obsess about the impact of popular culture.

Christian Caryl |

Lab Report

Embracing Enemies in Tunisia

Tunisia's main political forces have agreed on a deal to shore up the political middle and undermine extremists. That could be a crucial milestone on the path to democracy. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Tunisia.

Oussama Romdhani |