Elections

Argument

The Breadbasket Is Still a Basket Case

Zimbabwe is bouncing back from recent history's most shocking economic slump. Or is it?

Marian L. Tupy |

Dispatch

Putin Should Worry

How the Kremlin botched the trial of Alexey Navalny and why the opposition leader -- even jailed -- is still a force to be reckoned with.

Shaun Walker |

Putinology

The Crusader Is a Convict

Russia’s leading oppositionist has been sentenced to five years in jail. Can the protest movement go on?

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The Odds are Good for Egypt

Run the numbers, and you’ll see that Egypt’s coup may be just what the country needed.

Michael Albertus |

Argument

Living Together Doesn't Mean You're in Love

Why Georgia offers an important argument for the virtues of divided government.

Michael Cecire |

Lab Report

The Contenders

In Burma, the struggle for power is entering a risky new phase.

Gwen Robinson |

Lab Report

The Military's Still in Charge

Why reform in Burma is only skin-deep.

Bertil Lintner |

Christian Caryl

Beyond the Barricades

From the Amazon to the Nile, the masses are taking to the streets. But will the Great Awakening of 2013 actually lead to change?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Regime Change Obama Can Believe In

Iran just opened itself to a nuclear deal -- but America has to make the first move.

Vali Nasr |

Argument

Dancing in the Streets

Iranians and Turks are voting with their feet, but are these countries moving in opposite directions?

Barbara Slavin |

Feature

Nate Silvering the Iranian Elections

Does 538 work when only one person runs the show in Tehran?

Karim Sadjadpour |

Argument

Iran's Big Yawn

The challenge for Iran's supreme leader: How to make a sham presidential election look like a real one.

Nazila Fathi |

Dispatch

Political Idol

A new reality television competition is booming in Beirut and Ramallah: democratic politics.

Fernande van Tets |

Argument

An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?

Karen J. Coates |

Putinology

Vendetta Politics in Georgia

Georgia is succumbing to a disease that plagues other post-Soviet countries: Newly elected leaders' urge to crack down on their predecessors.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Japan's Own Worst Enemy?

Shinzo Abe is at the height of his popularity. But is he too much of a right-wing nut to save the country's economy?

Tobias Harris |

Argument

Texas Hold 'Em in Tehran

Can the Supreme Leader bluff and bully his way to getting what he wants in Iran’s crucial upcoming presidential election?

Yasmin Alem |

Argument

Sharifistan

The winner of Pakistan’s monumental election can celebrate democracy in action, but there’s still a long way to go.

Arif Rafiq |

Dispatch

Janus in Islamabad

Is Pakistan's once and likely future prime minister someone the United States can work with?

Emily Cadei |

Think Again

Pakistan’s Rollercoaster Election

Is this a generationally significant change of power, or more of the same dysfunction?

Michael Kugelman |

Argument

It's Morning in Islamabad

Yes, it’s broke, violent, and tumultuous. But here are five reasons Pakistan is better off than you think.

Mosharraf Zaidi |

BOOK CLUB

A Turbulent Valley in a Turbulent Decade

A Review of Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin. 

Joshua Foust |

Putinology

Swampland

One year later, Russia’s diminished opposition returns to Bolotnaya Square.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

The Rise of Germany's Tea Party

Could a brand-new, anti-euro political movement threaten Merkel's quest for a third term?

Benjamin Weinthal |

Argument

Tea Leaves in Tashkent

Who will follow Uzbekistan’s aging dictator?

Philip Shishkin |

Argument

Ghostbusters

Malaysia’s pro-democracy activists might not win Sunday’s election. But they could win the battle against electoral fraud.

Deborah Loh |

Feature

The End of the Gandhis

Can Rahul Gandhi run India? Can anybody?

James Traub |

Argument

Why I'm Flying Back to Malaysia to Vote

When absentee voting just isn’t good enough.

Hui Mei Liew Kaiser |

Dispatch

Cramming for That Next Big Test in Democracy

In Burma, members of the pro-democracy opposition are struggling to school themselves in the ins and outs of a liberal society. But so far it's an uphill battle.

Eric Randolph |

Dispatch

Hollow Victory

In the wake of Venezuela's contested election, will Nicolás Maduro bring the fractured country together or tear it apart?

Peter Wilson |