Freedom

Christian Caryl

How the Wizard of Oz Explains America’s Foreign Policy

A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

The Death of Sympathy

How Israel’s hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Slide Show

Nothing to Celebrate

Ten countries where freedom doesn't ring.

Freedom House |

Tea Leaf Nation

'There Are No Rules in China'

When dissident author Murong Xuecun returns home, he says he will tell Beijing authorities they can come and get him.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

Post-Colonialism on the Pitch

When former colonies face off against their ex-oppressors.

Musa Okwonga |

Report

The Silencing of Egypt's Jon Stewart

The rise and fall of a funnyman in a strongman state. 

H.A. Hellyer |

Argument

The Peril and Promise of Big Data

The White House report on information overload is underwhelming. But it's a start.

Erin M. Simpson |

Argument

Thirty Years of Broken Promises

Three decades ago the world's governments vowed to stamp out torture -- but it's still alive and well.

Salil Shetty |

Argument

How to Beat a Russian Occupation with Flash Mobs

Why nonviolent resistance might be the best hope for thwarting Putin's adventurism in eastern Ukraine.

Maria Stephan |

Dispatch

Afghan Graffiti

How a street art campaign in Kandahar City got under the Taliban's skin.

Casey Johnson |

Argument

Mourning a Musical Dissident

The story of Cameroon's late 'Guitar Man,' who spent his life fighting to take down a brutal autocrat.

Alex Gladstein |

COLUMN

NATO Needs to Move Now on Crimea

Action may provoke -- but so does doing nothing.

James Stavridis |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hard Target

A Chinese firm will need more than money and good intentions to buy a U.S. media company. 

David Wertime |

Christian Caryl

A House Still Divided

Ukraine's problems go deeper than President Yanukovych.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

The Russian Anti-Olympic Protest that Putin Doesn't Want You to Know About

An activist explains why the authorities cracked down on a peaceful protest to commemorate the victims of tsarist-era genocide.

Alexis Zimberg |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Back in the USSR

The Ukraine protests aren’t about the dream of Europe, but the fear of a Belarusian nightmare.

Michael Weiss |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Vote of the Living Dead

Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.

Christopher Walker |

Slide Show

Plots and Plans

The world's dissidents wield an unconventional weapon: kitchenware.

Prachi Vidwans |

Argument

The Dissident's Toolkit

Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.

Erica Chenoweth |

Christian Caryl

Tycoon Warning

How the obscenely rich are becoming the new dictators of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |

EXCERPT

The Confidence Trap

It's not just the United States. Democracies around the world are facing a crisis of faith.

David Runciman |

Argument

So What About the Other 364 Days a Year?

Forget the single-minded focus on election day. What Azerbaijan needs is support for its civil society.

Melinda Haring |

Argument

Why We Should No Longer Trust the Words 'Free and Fair'

International election monitors are devaluing their verdicts for political reasons. It's time to stop.

Silvana Toska |

Lab Report

Libya's Unarmed Revolutionaries

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

Fadil Aliriza |

Argument

Jordan's Simmering Spring

Enough compromise. Jordanians are tired of being the good kids on the block.

Jonathan Schienberg |

Lab Report

Libya's Hard Landing

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

Chris Stephen |

Argument

Away Game

Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.

Chris Stephen |

Dispatch

Dorky Park

What’s an NSA geek to do with a year in Russia?

Shaun Walker |