Freedom

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 |

Putinology

The Whistleblower May Have to Hold His Tongue

Can Edward Snowden really find freedom in an unfree country?

Anna Nemtsova |

Dispatch

Rumble in the Jungle

Can anyone unseat Hun Sen's dictatorship by democracy in Cambodia?

Michael Sainsbury |

Christian Caryl

The Alchemy of Protest

When do mass political demonstrations work?

Christian Caryl |

Report

The Supreme Court May Be the Best Hope to Stop the NSA

Congress couldn't draw back the surveillance dragnet. But the justices might.

Shane Harris |

Dispatch

NSFUK

Can David Cameron hold back the flood of porn from Britain's shores?

Alex Massie |

Lab Report

The Contenders

In Burma, the struggle for power is entering a risky new phase.

Gwen Robinson |

Putinology

The Government Ban on Just About Everything

Russia's officials are reverting to old instincts: When in doubt, forbid.

Anna Nemtsova |

Interview

'Widows Are the Invisible People'

It's high time to end the daily injustices committed against the world's 115 million widows living in poverty.

Elisabeth Braw |

Argument

¡Bienvenido, Señor Snowden!

Here are a few things you should know before setting down roots in Venezuela.

Peter Wilson |

Lab Report

Reporters with Borders

Burmese journalists are enjoying their newfound freedoms. But there are still plenty of limits to how far they can go.

Francis Wade |

Terms of Engagement

The Only Thing We Have to Fear…

An Independence Day oratory on America’s national security paranoia.

James Traub |

Argument

Why a Lynching Is No Way to Celebrate Freedom

As Egypt gears up for big demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood, it's time to remember that you can't have genuine democracy without respect for religious freedom.

Dwight Bashir |

In Box

The North Korean Defector

What Kim Hyuk has carried with him on his harrowing journey from the streets to the speaking circuit.

Chico Harlan |

Argument

How to Make It as an Asylum Seeker

Five rules for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to make sure that life on the run goes as smoothly as possible.

Brendan I. Koerner |

Argument

Europe's Dirty Little Secret

Europe prides itself on its democratic credentials. So why is a tiny band of underdog dissidents having such a hard time fighting the continent’s last dictator?

Cristina Odone |

Argument

Egyptians, the Army Is Not Your Quick Fix

Some Egyptians see military rule as a solution to their problems. Here's why it's a bad idea.

Colin M. Snider |

Argument

Turkey’s Secular Awakening

The protests across Istanbul aren’t about Islamism, the elite, or even religion writ large -- they're a call for a real liberal democracy.

Whit Mason |

Dispatch

The Struggle for the Heart of Istanbul

It's becoming clear that it will take more than one chaotic weekend to derail Prime Minister Erdogan's plans.

Justin Vela |

Argument

An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?

Karen J. Coates |

Argument

Freedom Begins at Home

How can the Obama administration credibly promote freedom of speech abroad while restricting it in the United States?

Suzanne Nossel |