Freedom

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

After Mandela

There will never be another Nelson Mandela, but maybe that’s just what South Africa needs to save itself from ruin.

Roy Robins |

Putinology

The Dead Man's Trial

The posthumous trial of an anti-corruption crusader.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Leaning Out

How the United States is abandoning Afghanistan's women.

Amie Ferris-Rotman |

Argument

Why the Color Revolutions Failed

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

Melinda Haring |

Argument

Not All Elections Are Worthy of the Name

Sorry, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. Just because Iran holds elections doesn’t mean that its government represents the people.

Jeffrey Gedmin |

Dispatch

The Brotherhood vs. the Free Press

Egypt's new rulers are determined to tighten their grip on the media scene in Cairo. I should know -- they had me fired.

Hani Shukrallah |

Argument

The Kingdom of No Surprises

The more things change in Saudi Arabia, the more they remain the same.

Michael Stephens |

Argument

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 |

Dispatch

Gay Paris

What has taken France so long to step up to the altar of equality?

Eric Pape |

Argument

Capitol Indifference

Washington ignores Russia's obsession with America at its own peril.

Dmitri Trenin |

Dept Of Secrets

Our Man in Havana

Was USAID planning to overthrow Castro?

Peter Kornbluh |

Argument

Putting Freedom Back on the Agenda

Now is no time for America to go wobbly on democracy.

David J. Kramer |

Argument

China's Press Freedom Goes South

Will Southern Weekly's protest against censorship change the face of journalism in China?

Annie Zhang |

Argument

A Network of Dictators

There's a fight brewing for the future of the Internet.

James A. Lewis |

Christian Caryl

Nothing Is Written

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

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

Europe's Pet Dictator

Parts of the old Soviet bloc have moved on. So why is Belarus still mired in despotism?

Christian Caryl |

Rational Security

Access Denied

The United Nations couldn't control the Internet even if it wanted to.

John Arquilla |

Argument

Back to the (Soviet) Future

Dear Vladimir Putin, I'm a human rights activist, not a spy.

Tanya Lokshina |

Christian Caryl

Barbarians at the Gate

Are Russia and China trying to take over the Internet? Probably. But so far they aren't having much luck.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Ultimate Sacrifice

What's the difference between self-immolators and suicide bombers?

Michael Biggs |

Christian Caryl

Heroes of Retreat, Revisited

We love to celebrate heroic crusaders for human rights. But what about the dictator who decides to surrender his powers?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Lady and the General

Meet the political odd couple driving democratic reform in Burma.

Kurt M. Campbell |

Interview

A Change Is Gonna Come

Chen Guangcheng on freedom, violence, and the possibility of a revolution in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age

Across the world, the battle for free speech is pitting governments and corporations against activists and average citizens.

Lee C. Bollinger |

The List

Five Myths about the Chinese Internet

The Great Firewall is neither great, nor a firewall. Discuss.

Eveline Chao |

Argument

Dreams of Their Fathers

Cambodia's people want freedom. Can Obama deliver?

Karen J. Coates |

Slide Show

Back in the Light

The year Burma turned upside down. 

Sulome Anderson |