Lab Report

Venezuela's New Era

Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?

Phil Gunson |


The Curse of Stability in Central Asia

The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability. But they're really making excuses for decay.

Sarah Kendzior |

Lab Report

The End of Ukraine's Balancing Act

Ukraine has long faced a choice: Should it cast its lot with Russia or the European Union? 2013 is shaping up to be the year Kyiv finally decides. The first in our series of Lab Reports.

Askold Krushelnycky |


Rowdies with a Cause

How a bunch of soccer fans became the Muslim Brotherhood’s worst nightmare.

Sulome Anderson |

Marc Lynch

The Egyptian Treadmill

Why Washington isn’t panicking about Egypt’s latest crisis.

Marc Lynch |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |


The Republic of Port Said

An insurrection along the Suez Canal represents the greatest threat yet to the Muslim Brotherhood's rule in Egypt.

Evan C. Hill |


Israel's New Kingmaker

Yair Lapid's critics have dismissed the former TV personality as vapid and uninformed. They couldn't be more wrong.

Neri Zilber |

Think Again

Think Again: The Muslim Brotherhood

How did so many Western analysts get Egypt's Islamist movement so wrong?

Eric Trager |

Case Studies

Paving the Way for Mandela's Election

Organizing the first post-apartheid election in 1994 took a lot of logistical planning and political inclusion. But it also took a lot of creativity in finding  solutions to the numerous problems that arose.

Amy Mawson |


Israel's January Surprise

The pundits were wrong: Israeli voters aren't lurching to the right.

Jonathan Schanzer |


The Political Afterlife of Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chávez has left a profound mark on Venezuela. But how much of his legacy will remain when he’s gone?

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |

Reality Check

Learning to Live with Bibi

Netanyahu's back, and Barack Obama needs to find a way to work with him this time around.

Aaron David Miller |

Slide Show

Shaking Hands, Kissing <i>Tinokot</i>

Israeli pols hit the trail from Haifa to Hebron in search of votes ahead of next Tuesday's election.

Slide Show |


Rise of the Annexers

In Israel's heated electoral politics, peace is becoming a fringe position.

Larry Derfner |


Lost Tribes

This Israeli election is not about Bibi. It's about nothing.

Daniel Levy |

David Rothkopf

The Bidenization of America

The veep is no joke -- and he's making a serious play for 2016.

David Rothkopf |

Case Studies

Avoiding War Number Two in Liberia

A war-torn country is not a broken country. How Liberia pulled off its 2005 election.

Michael Scharff |


Life After Chávez

With Venezuela's president-for-life looking pretty close to death, the country's politicians are jostling to fill his shoes.

Peter Wilson |


Saving Afghanistan

It can be done, but only if the international community truly invests in democracy.

Abdullah Abdullah |

Christian Caryl

The Year in Unfreedom

An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.

Christian Caryl |


Unholy Alliances

Israel's election is bringing together some strange bedfellows.

Noah Efron |

Think Again

Think Again: The Republican Party

The future of the GOP -- after the debacle.

Danielle Pletka |

The List

The Global Races to Watch Next Year

Eight elections that could change the world in 2013.

Ty McCormick |


The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh

Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But they can do it without partisanship?

Joseph Allchin |


Exit the Conciliator

Will Iraq fall apart if its president dies?

Peter W. Galbraith |

Christian Caryl

Nothing Is Written

The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.

Christian Caryl |


The Talented Mr. Modi

Narendra Modi is still banned from the United States for his involvement in deadly anti-Muslim riots. Could he be the next leader of India?

Sadanand Dhume |


The Dictator's Daughter

The heir of a controversial South Korean autocrat is now the country's first female president. Can she emerge from his shadow?

Geoffrey Cain |