Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.
How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.
Middle Eastern dictators love to use their "enlightened" treatment of women to justify their rule. They shouldn't get away with it.
How simmering ethnic hatred in Moscow exploded into violence.
For the first time in recent memory, Georgia's presidential race isn't about the big names.
It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.
The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.
How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.
The Algerian government has a long track record of subduing protest movements. Is it about to meet its match?
Forget the single-minded focus on election day. What Azerbaijan needs is support for its civil society.
Russia's decision to charge environmental activists with piracy sets an ominous precedent.
The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?
International election monitors are devaluing their verdicts for political reasons. It's time to stop.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the punk band’s most famous member, jolts her compatriots with a description of her life in a Russian penal colony.
Don't let al-Shabab fool you: Somalia is making progress. But the West needs to change its approach.
As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.
The French military intervention and a successful election have given Mali a chance to reboot its democracy. But it's going to be an uphill climb.
The people who live in Russia's troubled North Caucasus republic hope that their new president will make a difference. But the chaos and bloodshed are deepening with every day.
Why some Indians are still fighting back against the country's new biometric ID system.
Turkey won't be able to achieve a healthy democracy unless it allows for a greater diversity of political representation.
Some thoughts on the health and wealth of nations, and what needs to be done to help those left behind.
For years the Houthis have been derided as subversives and separatists. Now they're sitting at the table in Sanaa.
Did the killing of the U.S. ambassador a year ago cast a curse on the city he loved?
As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.
Why it's best to use every tool in the toolbox when it comes to democracy assistance.
Eastern Europe's lesson for the countries of the Arab Spring: economic reform is best served quickly.
The U.S. media continue to tiptoe around the horrors of war. It's time to put more violence on TV.
As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?