Elections

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 |

Feature

Divorce, Italian Style

How the plan to save Italy by cutting it into pieces was hatched at a small restaurant in Rome. Or so one could imagine…

Gianni Riotta |

Profile

The Princess of Reform

Why the daughter of Malaysia’s opposition leader embodies the hopes of the democratic reform movement.

Deborah Loh |

Dispatch

An Election for the Birds

As Venezuelans head to the polls to replace Hugo Chávez, a crazy campaign takes a turn toward the truly bizarre.

Peter Wilson |

Argument

Why Dictators Don’t Like Jokes

Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.

Srdja Popovic |

Argument

The Ayatollah in His Labyrinth

The competing forces in Iran's political system are poised to collide in this summer's presidential election.

Abbas Milani |

Dispatch

From Princeton to Persia

Meet the American who wants to be Ahmadinejad.

Katie Cella |

Dispatch

The Long Shadow

Venezuela’s upcoming election features a young challenger against Hugo Chávez’s appointed successor -- who’s doing everything in his power to make the race about his dead boss.

Peter Wilson |

Case Studies

Policing Electoral Violence in India

How India's elections administration used “vulnerability mapping” to stop trouble before it happened.

Michael Scharff |

Dispatch

In Power, But Not in Control

The Muslim Brotherhood may have the votes -- for now -- but Egypt is a ship without a rudder.

Eric Trager |

Dispatch

The Kenyatta Affair

What Kenya and its allies can learn from Austria’s Nazi legacy.

James Verini |

Argument

Why the Color Revolutions Failed

Toppling dictators isn't enough. Successful revolutions also embrace the rule of law.

Melinda Haring |

Argument

Pakistan’s Wildcard

The mysterious Pakistani-Canadian cleric is back, and he’s shaking up the country’s politics.

Daniel Markey |

Case Studies

Cooling Ethnic Conflict in Guyana's Elections

Guyana's 2001 presidential election left the country deeply divided along ethnic lines. In 2006, they decided to try something new.

Varanya Chaubey |

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Kenya's Most Wanted

The United States must find a way to work with its East African ally, even if it's run by an accused perpetrator of crimes against humanity.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

The Empire Makes Nice

Is it time for a Venezuela reset?

Michael Shifter |

Argument

Political Tremors in the Caucasus

There’s a distinct whiff of desire for political change wafting through the Caucasus.

Thomas de Waal |

Argument

Why Is This Man Smiling?

How the Iranian regime used the Kazakhstan talks as pre-election propaganda.

Mark D. Wallace |

Lab Report

The House That Chavez Built

Hugo Chávez subordinated the needs of Venezuela’s economy to the imperative of keeping himself in power. Now the job of cleaning up falls to his successor.

Javier Corrales |

Christian Caryl

The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Armenia's California Dream

The unlikely candidate shaking up the country's political establishment.

Emil Sanamyan |