Freedom

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 |

Argument

Human Rights Now

Six ways China's new leader could be the reformer the Chinese have been waiting for.

Sophie Richardson |

Christian Caryl

Is Bashar al-Assad Syria’s Abraham Lincoln?

The Syrian president's fans are comparing him with the hero of America's Civil War. Here's why they're wrong.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

The Inconvenient Revolution

An interview with a leading human rights activist from Bahrain

Azzurra Meringolo |

Argument

Prosperity Isn't Just a Matter of Wealth

Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.

Peter Passell |

Argument

The Collaborator's Song

We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.

Anne Applebaum |

Argument

Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Pick

China's most famous dissident never wanted the honor.

Yu Jie |

Argument

Capitalism

How the left lost the argument.

Slavoj Zizek |

Argument

Putin's Miscalculation

It was a big mistake to pick on a pregnant human rights activist. The world must hold whoever was responsible to account.

Kenneth Roth |

Argument

Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |

Argument

The Great Persian Firewall

Should we care that Iran just turned off Google?

Art Keller |

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 |

Argument

In Georgia, Two Machines Are Better Than One

The run-up to Georgia's October 1 election has been dirty, demeaning, and rife with abuses of power and allegations of corruption. It’s also the best thing to happen to Georgia in a long time.

Scott Radnitz |

Christian Caryl

Why We Give the Lady a Hard Time

An open letter to the critics of our criticism.

Christian Caryl |

Interview

He's With the Band

An interview with the first man of Pussy Riot.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

The Revolution in Tunisia Stalls

Even before last week's riots at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, the progress of Tunisia's revolution was beginning to look rocky. Here's why.

Fadil Aliriza |

Dispatch

Commandos for Jesus

Meet the former Green Berets delivering aid to some of the most blighted corners of Burma, and saving souls along the way.

Daniel Lovering |

Argument

Senseless

Why does President Barack Obama refuse to call the killing of our Libyan ambassador "murder"?

Newt Gingrich |

Argument

Free Speech in the Age of YouTube

Barack Obama couldn't censor that anti-Islam film -- even if he wanted to.

Robert C. Post |