We love to celebrate heroic crusaders for human rights. But what about the dictator who decides to surrender his powers?
How a pillar of the old regime in Burma is working to prove his democratic credentials.
How did 1,000 skinny militiamen in rubber boots conquer a city of 1 million people in a matter of hours?
Once again, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has descended into chaos.
The Obama Administration is pursuing closer ties with the military in Burma -- a policy that could undermine efforts to build democracy.
Chen Guangcheng on freedom, violence, and the possibility of a revolution in China.
Across the world, the battle for free speech is pitting governments and corporations against activists and average citizens.
Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.
The Great Firewall is neither great, nor a firewall. Discuss.
The lowdown on America's maybe-next secretary of state.
Not only does the United States deserve a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it’s leading the charge.
Six ways China's new leader could be the reformer the Chinese have been waiting for.
The Syrian president's fans are comparing him with the hero of America's Civil War. Here's why they're wrong.
Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.
An interview with a leading human rights activist from Bahrain
Obama’s record has been a disappointment. Now he has a second chance to get it right.
A guide to the world news you should get caught up on now that the election is over.
Longing for the days of Kim Jong Il? Maybe it's time to transfer your affections to the delusional dictator of Equatorial Guinea.
The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines.
If Barack Obama is reelected, he'll have to deliver on his promises to Africa -- and act more like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.
How a tragic twist of fate is fueling a revolt against Armenia’s overweening tycoons.
Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.
We often ask why some people choose to resist authoritarian regimes. But the better question might be why so many decide to cooperate.
Islamist political parties aren't succeeding in the Middle East because they stand for Islam. It's because they have a well-established political brand.