No one's perfect, and surely not President Obama. But in the rough and tumble world of foreign policy, it's hard to argue he hasn't done most things just about right.
The good news is that more kids are in school, and for longer, than ever before. But if we want them to actually learn something, it's time to focus on the teachers.
Five lessons from South Africa's transition to democracy. Excerpts from a recent speech by the country's ex-president.
Tibetans are setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule. So is there anything the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile can do about it?
Is it a fantasy to believe that the United States can still promote democracy in non-democratic states?
Pakistan's activist lawyers and judges may have thrown out Pervez Musharraf, but they're no democrats. In fact, they're a grave and growing threat to Pakistan's future.
A bloody six-year civil war fought against Bashar al-Assad's father presents a cautionary tale for Syria's modern-day rebels.
Greece goes up in flames, Xi comes to Washington, and Brazil's Carnival begins.
If the Middle East is your yardstick, the countries of Central Asia ought to be on the verge of revolution. But don't hold your breath.
Burma's famous comedian-cum-activist explains why he can forgive but refuses to forget.
Want to promote democracy in Burma? Start by making sure people are well enough to vote.
If you're looking for an unlikely economic success story, you can hardly do better than Mauritius.
It's neither perfect nor pretty, but the Arab Spring proves that neoconservatives were right all along.
One might expect, given last year's headlines across the Middle East -- as well as promising political developments in authoritarian countries from Myanmar to Cuba -- that 2011 was a banner year for freedom. The reality is more complicated.
Why the latest news from Malaysia helps to undermine authoritarianism throughout the region.
In this year of protests, is it really fair to compare the grievances of the Occupy movement to the courage of the Arab Spring?
As Prime Minister Erdogan's government grows increasingly intolerant of dissent, the media is bearing the brunt of its effort to silence its critics.
Portraits of Russia's would-be revolutionaries -- and their intimate thoughts on Vladimir Putin and the country's dark political future.
Wondering why Hillary Clinton is in Myanmar right now? Hint: it's all about China.
How the uprising turned young Libyan men from hopeless layabouts into marriageable heroes.
Three Libyans try to make sense of their country after Qaddafi.
As Tunisians prepare for the Arab Spring's first free election, they are discovering that democracy, too, can be messy.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron tour free Tripoli.
The march toward openness and democracy in the Soviet Union began under my great-grandfather, Nikita Khrushchev, flowered under Mikhail Gorbachev, and has nearly been erased in Vladimir Putin's Russia.
What the naysayers got right about the Arab Spring.
Art from the graffitists, cineastes, cartoonists, and photographers who are making Egypt's post-revolution phase a bit more colorful.