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.
Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.
In Ukraine, women militants are taking up weapons on both sides of the barricades.
A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.
Ukrainians hope that Petro Poroshenko can lead them out of the current crisis. But can one man provide the solution to all the country's problems?
History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Chile has made progress toward democracy. Why do its indigenous people still feel left out?
The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.
The leader of Burma's military is leveraging peace talks to position himself for next year's epochal presidential election.
How the renowned director's latest film distorts history and whitewashes an authoritarian thug.
Burma's Rohingya minority could fall victim to full-scale genocide if the international community doesn't intervene.
Russian civil society organizations are actually doing a remarkable job of fighting back against discriminatory legislation. But a new bill presented to parliament sends an ominous signal.
As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.
Seventeen years after he fled the country, Mobutu Sese Seko is still being held responsible for the shortcomings of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here's why that view is overly simplistic.
The history of Jewish-Ukrainian relations hasn't been a happy one. But these days, the two sides are joining forces against Vladimir Putin.
Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin's strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.
The best antidote to propaganda isn't counterpropaganda. It's access to accurate information.
As the Indian election continues, voters are concerned about corruption like never before. But will anything really change?
Ghana is one of Africa's big economic success stories. But the discovery of oil has confronted it with some tricky problems.
A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine: They're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet.
Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin.
Russia denies that it's meddling in Ukraine. But the pro-Russian forces out there don't always hide their links to Moscow.
Critics charge that Venezuela's anti-government protesters almost exclusively represent the middle class. The reality is more complicated -- and revealing.