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.
Can Leopoldo López unite Venezuela's fractious opposition and exorcise the ghost of Hugo Chávez?
The current political standoff in Thailand is a symptom of deeper problems that can't be solved by watering down democratic process.
The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.
Ukraine's government started the crisis. The opposition needs a strategy for ending it.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
Why Egypt’s constitutional referendum is a worrisome step toward authoritarianism.
How the technocrat economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left India's economy in tatters.
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.
On the eve of a fundamentally flawed election, Bangladesh teeters on the edge of the precipice.
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.
Social media can tell us a lot about voting patterns -- but only up to a point.
The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.
Despite Ukraine's countless problems, its civil society is proving remarkably vibrant. The third in our series of Lab Reports on Ukraine.
The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.
Yes, terrorism is a problem. But Pakistan is making remarkable headway in its transition to democracy.
What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.
Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.
For the first time in recent memory, Georgia's presidential race isn't about the big names.
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.
Technology is changing the way we fight war. But it's also changing the way we make peace.
International election monitors are devaluing their verdicts for political reasons. It's time to stop.