Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.
The nationalist militias of Kiev are ready for a fight with Russia.
How the Syrian government's use of snipers against its own citizens gives the lie to its talk of fighting terrorism.
Vladimir Putin's forces in Crimea are trying to pick a fight. But the Ukrainians hunkered down in their bases have every interest in abstaining.
How to "make oppression backfire" by peacefully leveraging the brutality of the oppressors.
Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?
Why a Russian intervention in southern Ukraine could rebound against Moscow.
Does the concept of "human rights" still have meaning in a world where everything qualifies?
Pro-democracy protesters in Kiev are triumphant. In Moscow they're still taking it on the chin.
Pakistan's efforts to talk with the Taliban are threatening to undermine the country's recent democratic gains.
An activist explains why the authorities cracked down on a peaceful protest to commemorate the victims of tsarist-era genocide.
Mexican society is reeling from an epidemic of organized crime. But now it faces another challenge: taking its economy to the next level.
The current political standoff in Thailand is a symptom of deeper problems that can't be solved by watering down democratic process.
Why taking the wrong stand on the Olympics can get you accused of being a traitor to the nation.
Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?
Jamaican bobsledders have been getting all the attention, but the country's economy has been doing pretty well, too.
Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?
When Americans look at Russia, they see what they want to see. And that's dangerous.
Most visitors to the Winter Olympics will only see the giant stadiums and overpriced hotels. But some Russians are mourning the lost paradise of childhood.
President Yanukovych is losing his support among Ukraine's oligarchs -- and that could be the key to his fate.
Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.
The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.
The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.
Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.
Why Ukraine's brutal riot police are one of the biggest obstacles on the path to reform.