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.
Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.
Iraq’s jihadist army has figured out a surefire way to sow chaos: by opening prison doors.
Why the problem of inequality isn’t just about differences in income.
Should journalists killed in action be mourned less because they were working for the Kremlin?
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.
A fuel crisis prompts worries that the old regime is exploiting instability to bring itself back to power.
How Ukrainian forces took back a town controlled by pro-Russian separatists -- and scored a major victory for their country's morale.
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.
Iran's president came to office promising liberalization and a better relationship with the West. But can he really have both?
After years of bloodshed, Colombia's government is teaming up with its former rebel enemies to beat the drug problem.
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.
Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.
Today is Journalists' Day in Ukraine. But in a time of war there's little to celebrate.
The latest military coup in Thailand won't ensure real stability unless the country's new rulers address the deeper causes of political conflict.
Aung San Suu Kyi wants to change the Burmese constitution. But will the military really go along?
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.
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.
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.
Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.
Palestinian businessman Bashar al-Masri has a plan for building democracy on the West Bank. And it's not really about politics.