Elections

Dispatch

Meet the Kingmakers of Brasilia

Whoever wins the Brazilian presidential runoff on Oct. 26 better be ready to kiss the ring of the PMDB.

Miriam Wells |

Argument

Brazil's Election Illusion

The heated presidential race between Rousseff and Neves conceals the most important fact: There's not much daylight between the candidates.

Michael Shifter |

Dispatch

The Resurrection of Nicolas Sarkozy

France’s enfant terrible ex-president is back and basking in the limelight. 

Tracy McNicoll |

Christian Caryl

Sorry, Eric X. Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem

Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe.

Christian Caryl |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong Protesters Are Digging In

Pro-democracy demonstrators are fortifying barricades with wood, bamboo, even cement.

Suzanne Sataline |

Lab Report

How to Bring Brazil's Economy Back to Life

The policies that helped Brazil to healthy growth over the past decade have lost momentum. The next president will need bold new ideas that look beyond the short term. Third in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Rob Dwyer |

Dispatch

Better the Dilma You Know…

Brazil's incumbent is on track for re-election. But that's mostly because there's no one better.

Jill Langlois |

Lab Report

The Subtle Art of the Brazilian Majority

Brazilians want change. But they'll only get it if their new president can combine the urge to reform with the will to govern. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Gregory Michener |

Argument

A Way Out of Crisis

Robust reform can seem impossible for governments mired in corruption. But the solution is pretty simple: Focus on policies, not politics.

Kristen Sample |

Lab Report

Do Brazilian Women Really Reign Supreme?

Brazil's woman-versus-woman presidential race suggests that feminism has triumphed. The reality is more complicated. The first in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Anna Petherick |

Dispatch

Ashraf Ghani's Struggle

The iconoclastic anthropologist is taking over Afghanistan’s presidency with high hopes and big ideas.

Sune Engel Rasmussen |

Argument

The Scottish Question Has Not Been Answered

The referendum may have failed, but tens of thousands of people have signed up with pro-yes parties in the week since the vote.    

Peter Geoghegan |

Argument

From Glasgow to Kashmir

Will Scotland's vote spur separatism in Asia?

Jonah Blank |

Argument

The Fight to Survive

Russia's opposition got crushed in last weekend's local elections. But that didn't exactly come as a surprise.

Natasha Pelevina |

Argument

Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

Brian Klaas |

ChinaFile

What's Wrong With Hong Kong?

Three reasons why China's laboratory for ideas now faces a murky future.

Nicholas Bequelin |

COLUMN

This Is What a Leader Looks Like

Why Marina Silva’s message resonates from the Amazon to the Middle East to the White House.

David J. Rothkopf |

Argument

History Is So Not Over

It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

Argument

Victory Lab Kabul

I was one of Ashraf Ghani’s chief campaign strategists, and no, we did not steal the Afghan election. We won it fair and square -- with Facebook, road rallies, and people power.

Hamdullah Mohib |

Argument

Unhappy Ending

The future is not bright for the leader of Thailand's coup.

Duncan McCargo |

Argument

Moscow's Next Victim

Moldova could be the Kremlin's next target. But Europe isn't ready to come to the rescue.

Vladimir Soloviev |

Argument

The Last Gandhi

A single family has dominated Indian politics since independence. One man’s incompetence is about to bring it all to an end.

Sadanand Dhume |

Argument

The King of the Northeast Is Dead

Eduardo Campos's death has left Brazil's presidential election up for grabs and the country's poorest region without a clear champion. 

Shannon Sims |

Argument

Ukraine's Oligarchs Are Still Calling the Shots

The revolutionaries of the Maidan wanted to end crony capitalism. But it's back with a vengeance.

Sergii Leshchenko |

COLUMN

Luke, I Am Your President

Let’s see Putin try to pull this nonsense with a Sith Lord in the White House.

Michael Peck |

Lab Report

Turkey's Economy: Now for the Hard Part

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.

Murat Ucer |

Dispatch

Erdogan for the Win!

After 11 increasingly authoritarian years as prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is running for president on Aug. 10. What happens next won’t surprise you.

Alexander Christie-Miller |

Lab Report

The Height of Hubris

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.

Cenk Sidar |

Argument

Cambodia's Long March Toward Democracy

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.

Peter Bartu |

Dispatch

Average Joko

Can Indonesia's newly elected, rags-to-riches president be a real reformer?

Kate Lamb |