Moscow dreamed of transforming southeastern Ukraine into a client state. But the Kremlin's plans are fraying as Kiev pushes back.
A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.
The revolutionaries of the Maidan wanted to end crony capitalism. But it's back with a vengeance.
Africa's Ebola outbreak isn't just a health care problem. It's also about a crisis of governance.
The years of easy growth are over. Turkey can only sustain its economic success by undertaking bold reforms. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.
Why an Erdogan victory in Turkey's presidential election is likely to trigger the biggest opposition backlash yet. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.
Yemen's al Qaeda franchise isn't moving to create its own Islamic state quite yet. But the fact that it continues to thrive is ominous enough.
Why African leaders have growing doubts about the virtues of free trade.
Georgia's ex-president stands accused of abusing his power. His friends in the West should let the law run its course.
Lines between countries used to have little importance in Africa's most dynamic region. How times have changed.
Why renaming a Washington street after a leading Chinese dissident is an excellent idea.
Burma's democratic transition is running off the rails. Obama and Kerry can help to bring it back on track.
Why some Libyans see a solution to the country's political crises in a document that was published 63 years ago.
A small South American country has been making big strides in human rights. But it's still got some work to do.
If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.
Four years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti remains a mess. It's time to bring Haitians from all walks of life into a national conversation about the country's future.
Cambodia has just taken a crucial step toward more participatory politics. But further progress toward democracy is likely to be slow and evolutionary rather than sudden and dramatic.
How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.
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.
India prides itself on its respect for democratic values. So why are civil society groups under attack?
A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.
Nigeria now boasts the largest economy in Africa. So why are homegrown terrorists thriving?
Ukraine's military isn't up to the task of fighting off pro-Russian separatists itself. So ordinary citizens are picking up the slack.
The end of the Cold War ushered in an era of expanding freedom. Is the golden age of democratic transitions drawing to a close?
Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.
Life isn't easy for Malaysian gays. And it may actually be getting worse.
In Burma, an ultranationalist Buddhist militia is training to "defend the fatherland" against Rohingya Muslims.
Georgians worry that their passion for Europe isn't being reciprocated. And Russia is ready to step in.
Lessons from a lifetime of political activism.