Human Rights

Putinology

Sochi's Bitter Medicine

Why the controversy around the Sochi Olympics could turn out to be a good thing for Russia.

Miriam Lanskoy |

Dispatch

Riptide

A deadly surge of revenge violence has seized the Central African Republic -- and peacekeepers seem powerless to stop it. 

Peter Bouckaert |

Tea Leaf Nation

Whisper Together

Startling new findings suggest China's social media crackdown is working. But where are the users going?

David Wertime |

Christian Caryl

How to Solve the Crisis in Ukraine

The conflict between Ukraine’s opposition and the president is escalating. But there’s room for a possible compromise.

Christian Caryl |

Tea Leaf Nation

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Did a billionaire Chinese microblogger briefly return to the digital public square, just days after his release from confinement?

David Wertime |

Case Studies

How Tradition Remade Rwanda

The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.

Daniel Scher |

Dispatch

Cambodia's 'Tahrir Square'

Protests against the authoritarian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen are reaching a boiling point.

Christina Larson |

Argument

Clique-Bait

Why is the Chinese Communist Party so afraid of legal activist Xu Zhiyong? 

Yiyi Lu |

Argument

A Dream Deferred

How a recent exposé vindicates activist Xu Zhiyong's vision for China. 

Phelim Kine |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Freedom to Say Nothing

Hong Kong journalists have found another way to protest against Beijing's encroachment.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

Aid Amnesia

Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.

William Easterly |

Dispatch

The Controversial Death of a Teenage Stringer

Reuters gave this Syrian kid a camera. Seven months later he was dead.

David Kenner |

Argument

Why Putin’s Defense of “Traditional Values” Is Really a War on Freedom

The sensible way to fight back against Russia's anti-gay campaign.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Lab Report

Venezuela’s Glass Revolution

In 2013, Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution survived the death of Hugo Chávez. Now his successor, President Nicolás Maduro, confronts his toughest challenge yet: an economy on the brink. The latest in our series of Lab Reports on Venezuela.

Juan Nagel |

Dispatch

Silent Night

As a security vacuum continues to plague Egypt, the country's beleaguered Christian community fears a rash of kidnappings will only worsen during the holiday season. 

Bel Trew |

Dispatch

'The Power Struggle Was Only Beginning'

In South Sudan, a failed coup, violent confusion -- or the first spark of civil war?

Andrew Green |

Argument

Boycott Me. Please.

Why the American Studies Association's boycott of Israeli academic institutions -- and my small liberal arts college -- is so utterly ridiculous.

Martin Kramer |

By Other Means

Incarceration Nation

What if America's incarcerated population really was a nation?

Rosa Brooks |

Argument

A Cambodian Awakening

The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.

Ellen Bork |

Dispatch

The Angry Man

Why we remember Mandela the smiling grandfather, not Mandela the fighter.

Eve Fairbanks |

Photo Essay

'I Am Fundamentally an Optimist'

With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.

Marya Hannun |

Dispatch

Out and Down in Syria's Civil War

Caught between the regime and Islamists, Syria’s gay community just struggles to stay alive.

Haley Bobseine |

Feature

My Dinner With Alptekin

In which your humble correspondent breaks bread with the Uighur democracy movement in Arlington, Virginia.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Justice Undone

Why is Bosnia releasing people convicted of genocide?

Valerie Hopkins |

Putinology

In Russia, the Price of Dissent Keeps Rising

Russia's activists are battered and demoralized. But not everyone has given up.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Ukraine's Hostage Crisis

How one woman's fate is derailing Ukraine's European dream.

Christian Caryl |

Terms of Engagement

'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

Dispatch

Thailand's War of Attrition

As the government and opposition forces take to the streets, an exiled billionaire waits in the wings, and battle lines are drawn.

Steve Finch |

Dispatch

Now the Social Revolution Can Begin

The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.

Eric Randolph |