Elections

Dispatch

Republic of Fear

Welcome to the Orwellian world of pre-referendum Crimea.

Askold Krushelnycky |

Argument

Why Ukraine Should Risk It All

Forget Crimea. Kiev needs to hold a referendum on secession in all its southeastern provinces.

Alexander Motyl |

In Box

When No One's Looking

Election monitors aren't stopping violence -- they're just making sure it happens before they get there.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Same As It Ever Was

Once again, Malaysia's ruling party turns to outdated sodomy laws to discredit the opposition.

Graeme Reid |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

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.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

The Poster Boy

Can Leopoldo López unite Venezuela's fractious opposition and exorcise the ghost of Hugo Chávez?

Peter Wilson |

Argument

The Thai Malaise

The current political standoff in Thailand is a symptom of deeper problems that can't be solved by watering down democratic process.

Duncan McCargo |

Argument

New Kid on the Block

Can the European Union prove a success at exporting democracy?

Cristina Odone |

Christian Caryl

How to Solve the Crisis in Ukraine

The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

No Exit

Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.

Gavin Weise |

Christian Caryl

African Growing Pains

Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.

Christian Caryl |

Marc Lynch

Consent of the Governors

Why Egypt’s constitutional referendum is a worrisome step toward authoritarianism.

Marc Lynch |

Argument

The Man to Watch

Is Burma's top general maneuvering for a run at the presidency?

Su Mon Thazin Aung |

Argument

Out With a Whimper

How the technocrat economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left India's economy in tatters.

Sadanand Dhume |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Return of the Basket Case

On the eve of a fundamentally flawed election, Bangladesh teeters on the edge of the precipice.

M. Ron Wahid |

Lab Report

Venezuela’s Glass Revolution

In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.

Juan Nagel |

Argument

The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections

Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.

Alex Hanna |

Argument

A Cambodian Awakening

The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.

Ellen Bork |

Daniel Altman

Lemon Law

How crappy used cars explain the chaos in Thailand and Egypt.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Curse of Low Expectations

Lessons for democracy from Madagascar's election.

Brian Klaas |

Lab Report

The Grassroots Are Growing

Despite Ukraine's countless problems, its civil society is proving remarkably vibrant. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.

Nadia Diuk |

Dispatch

Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

Eric Randolph |

Argument

In Pakistan, Slow and Steady Just Might Win the Race

Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.

Sheila Fruman |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Vote of the Living Dead

Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.

Christopher Walker |

Slide Show

Plots and Plans

The world's dissidents wield an unconventional weapon: kitchenware.

Prachi Vidwans |

Argument

Georgia's Surprising New Normal

For the first time in recent memory, Georgia's presidential race isn't about the big names.

Michael Cecire |

Case Studies

Redrawing the Map for Democracy

How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.

Rachel Jackson |