Elections

The List

Going Out Gracelessly

The six worst concessions in recent political history.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

It's the Brazilians, Stupid

Meet Brazil's James Carville -- and the other political consultants who are shaking up Latin America's electoral landscape.

Mac Margolis |

Argument

Breaking the Grip of the Oligarchs

How a tragic twist of fate is fueling a revolt against Armenia’s overweening tycoons.

Liana Aghajanian |

Argument

What Tunisia Did Right

Strong legislatures are a key ingredient in successful democratic transitions -- and Tunisia is showing the way.

M. Steven Fish |

Dispatch

The Crisis That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Why Obama and Romney are both afraid to talk about the mess in Europe.

Nick Schifrin |

Dispatch

Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.

Molly Corso |

Argument

Tell Us the One About the Robots, Mr. President

Want to lead the free world? You'd better figure out what to do about the rise of the machines.

Peter W. Singer |

Christian Caryl

In Praise of Apathy

It's time to stop deriding the Americans who refuse to vote. They're trying to tell us something.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Malaise in Ukraine

The business community is fed up with President Yanukovych's corruption and management. Is real change on the horizon?

Anders Åslund |

Feature

Afghanistan's Gray Future

It's Hamid Karzai's country now, and not everything is black and white.

Haseeb Humayoon |

Christian Caryl

Where the Arab Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

The Ground Truth from Benghazi

The politicians in Washington are beating each other up over the Benghazi consulate attack. But they don't seem to be paying much attention to the evidence from the scene of the crime.

Christopher Stephen |

Argument

To Leave or Not to Leave

President Hugo Chávez’s victory in the presidential election has some Venezuelans wondering whether it's time to leave.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |

Argument

Blindsided

The results of Georgia’s parliamentary election caught American pollsters completely off guard. They should have tried asking the right questions.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Chavez Rides Again

Make no mistake: Hugo Chávez's victory in Sunday's election marks another step in the erosion of Venezuela's democratic institutions.

Michael Albertus |

Argument

Venezuela's Next Inning

Chávez may have won another election, but it's the opposition that should be celebrating.

MIchael Shifter |

Slide Show

El Jefe

A brief history of Chavismo.

Slide Show |

Dispatch

The Contest in Caracas

The Venezuelan election is too close to call. But one thing seems clear: No one expects Hugo Chávez to go down without a fight.

Peter Wilson |

Argument

No Exit

For the first time in many years, Venezuela’s presidential election is raising the possibility of an electoral defeat for Hugo Chávez. But if he loses, does that mean he’ll go?

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |

Just Kidding

Game Change: China Edition

What if American political reporters covered the Chinese horse race?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Dispatch

In Defeat, Georgia's President Confounds his Critics

Mikheil Saakashvili's conciliatory reaction to his party's loss in the election seems to prove his critics wrong. Now let's see if the winner can do as well.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Upset

No one really expected Georgia's opposition to win this election. So, what now?

Thomas de Waal |

Dispatch

Georgia's Electoral Showdown

Emotions are running high as Georgians vote in a watershed parliamentary election.

James Kirchick |

Dispatch

Save Benghazi

How the citizens of Benghazi are pushing back against the killers of a U.S. diplomat many considered their friend.

Christopher Stephen |

Case Studies

Rebooting the Bureaucracy in Georgia

As Georgian voters prepare to vote in a crucial parliamentary election, a look back at one of the signature programs of President Mikheil Saakashvili. 

Richard Bennet |

Christian Caryl

Why We Give the Lady a Hard Time

An open letter to the critics of our criticism.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Venezuela's Magical Realist Voters

The key to next month's presidential election may well lie in the hands of a mysterious and nebulous bloc of swing voters.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez |

Interview

How to Save the Regime in Tehran

Shirin Ebadi, Iran's leading human rights activist, explains why on attack on the country's nuclear program is just what the mullahs have been yearning for.

Nazila Fathi |

Christian Caryl

The Problem with Patriotism

The dispute over islands in the East China Sea is stirring up nationalist passions in the region. That doesn't bode well for the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Buddhist Monks Behaving Badly

The boys in saffron are marching again. But this time there’s nothing that's noble about it.

Francis Wade |