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.
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.
How Germany's staid, go-slow chancellor is changing Europe forever.
Turkey won't be able to achieve a healthy democracy unless it allows for a greater diversity of political representation.
As Egypt's military government cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood with unprecedented force, the defiant are going underground.
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.
Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias.
The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?
Praising Zimbabwe's slightly-less-fraudulent election is like congratulating Anthony Weiner for sending photographs of his genitals to fewer women this year.
It’s time for the Palestinians to change the discourse from reconciliation to elections.
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.
Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court had the opportunity to finally give the opposition a fighting chance. But it didn't.
Zimbabwe is bouncing back from recent history's most shocking economic slump. Or is it?
How the Kremlin botched the trial of Alexey Navalny and why the opposition leader -- even jailed -- is still a force to be reckoned with.
Russia’s leading oppositionist has been sentenced to five years in jail. Can the protest movement go on?
Run the numbers, and you’ll see that Egypt’s coup may be just what the country needed.
Why Georgia offers an important argument for the virtues of divided government.
From the Amazon to the Nile, the masses are taking to the streets. But will the Great Awakening of 2013 actually lead to change?
Iran just opened itself to a nuclear deal -- but America has to make the first move.
Iranians and Turks are voting with their feet, but are these countries moving in opposite directions?
Does 538 work when only one person runs the show in Tehran?
The challenge for Iran's supreme leader: How to make a sham presidential election look like a real one.
A new reality television competition is booming in Beirut and Ramallah: democratic politics.
So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?
Georgia is succumbing to a disease that plagues other post-Soviet countries: Newly elected leaders' urge to crack down on their predecessors.
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?