The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talks to Foreign Policy about corruption, press freedom, and developing her nation as a petropower.
Forget the nerve gas. It's Assad's bioweapons program that should keep you up at night.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the punk band’s most famous member, jolts her compatriots with a description of her life in a Russian penal colony.
As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.
The people who live in Russia's troubled North Caucasus republic hope that their new president will make a difference. But the chaos and bloodshed are deepening with every day.
Some thoughts on the health and wealth of nations, and what needs to be done to help those left behind.
As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.
As Syria shows, the Responsibility to Protect hasn't delivered. Time to try something new?
Five big consequences of the president's call to let Congress decide about America's Syrian intervention.
The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?
Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.
Can Edward Snowden really find freedom in an unfree country?
It's high time to end the daily injustices committed against the world's 115 million widows living in poverty.
Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.
The Obama administration is determined to find out.
The mainstream media have finally discovered human rights violations in Turkmenistan. And it's all thanks to Hollywood.
What Kim Hyuk has carried with him on his harrowing journey from the streets to the speaking circuit.
Her country is in crisis. But human rights heroine Aung San Suu Kyi isn't giving Burma the leadership it needs.
Many commentators are hailing the results of the Iranian presidential election as a victory for popular choice. But that feel-good narrative misses the bigger story.
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?
Some Egyptians see military rule as a solution to their problems. Here's why it's a bad idea.