Elections

Dispatch

Mali 2.0

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.

Peter Tinti |

Putinology

Dagestan's Desperate Search for Peace

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.

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

Angie the Revolutionary

How Germany's staid, go-slow chancellor is changing Europe forever.

Paul Hockenos |

Argument

The Dangers of Setting the Bar Too High

Turkey won't be able to achieve a healthy democracy unless it allows for a greater diversity of political representation.

Cenk Sidar |

Dispatch

The Hunted

As Egypt's military government cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood with unprecedented force, the defiant are going underground.

Bel Trew |

Christian Caryl

Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

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.

Christian Caryl |

Lab Report

Libya's Unarmed Revolutionaries

Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias.

Fadil Aliriza |

Lab Report

Libya's Hard Landing

The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?

Chris Stephen |

Dispatch

Mugabe's Shameful Protector

Praising Zimbabwe's slightly-less-fraudulent election is like congratulating Anthony Weiner for sending photographs of his genitals to fewer women this year.

Roy Robins |

Argument

Clueless in Gaza

It’s time for the Palestinians to change the discourse from reconciliation to elections.

Abdalla Khader |

Argument

Portrait of the General as a Not-So-Young Grad Student

Egypt's army chief isn't an Islamist -- in fact, his work at the U.S. Army War College suggests he may be a Mubarak clone.

Eric Trager |

Argument

Asleep at the Wheel

Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court had the opportunity to finally give the opposition a fighting chance. But it didn't.

Yuhniwo Ngenge |

Dispatch

Rumble in the Jungle

Can anyone unseat Hun Sen's dictatorship by democracy in Cambodia?

Michael Sainsbury |

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 |