Human Rights

Christian Caryl

Weren't Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists?

Their religion may stress peace, but some Buddhists are showing that they’re entirely capable of violence in the name of faith.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

How to Understand China's Foreign Policy

China can become a beacon for the world -- if it trades in its conservative foreign policy for one that emphasizes universal values.

Deng Yuwen |

Argument

The Monks Who Hate Muslims

Buddhist monks have been major instigators of the recent violence against Muslims in Burma.

Francis Wade |

Putinology

The Invisible War

Russians weren't paying much attention to their own war on terror. But that was before the attacks in Boston.

Anna Nemtsova |

Terms of Engagement

For Shame

Why don't Americans care more about torture?

James Traub |

Argument

Our Friends in Manama

Why the United States should walk carefully and move slowly when it comes to reform in Bahrain.

Ronald E. Neumann |

Argument

It's Time to Act in Syria

American values and interests are at stake in stopping the country's slow-motion destruction.

Dennis Ross |

Argument

Stay the Hand of Vengeance

From Guantánamo to Boston, why Americans have a dangerous tendency to overreact to terrorism.

Bruce Weinstein |

Argument

The Road to Pyongyang Goes Through Helsinki

Here's how you really solve the North Korean nuke problem.

Frank Jannuzi |

Argument

Why Bart Simpson Drives the Venezuelan Authorities Nuts

Venezuela's leaders give new meaning to the phrase “¡Ay, Caramba!”

Thor Halvorssen |

Argument

Peas in a Rotting Pod

How Kim Jong Un is like Bashar al-Assad, and why being in way over his head could lead to war.

Jack Goldstone |

Argument

Bahrain's Continuing War on Doctors

The Bahraini government needs to stop targeting medical professionals who dare to treat injured protesters. 

Rula al-Saffar |

Argument

Why Dictators Don’t Like Jokes

Pro-democracy activists around the world are discovering that humor is one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against authoritarianism.

Srdja Popovic |

Dispatch

Haiti's Inconvenient Truth

Was a U.N. diplomat pushed out of his position for airing Port-au-Prince's dirty laundry in public?

Jonathan M. Katz |

Argument

Make Way for the Hybrids

Yes, institutions are important. But institutions that actually work are even better.

Matt Andrews |

Argument

After Mandela

There will never be another Nelson Mandela, but maybe that’s just what South Africa needs to save itself from ruin.

Roy Robins |

Putinology

The Dead Man's Trial

The posthumous trial of an anti-corruption crusader.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Leaning Out

How the United States is abandoning Afghanistan's women.

Amie Ferris-Rotman |

Dispatch

A Government in Search of a Country

Can the newly appointed opposition prime minister form an interim government that Syrians can get behind?

Justin Vela |

Argument

The Execution of the Saudi Seven

Saudi Arabia's farcical justice system condemned seven young men to death this week, and the world remained silent.

Ali AlAhmed |

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Kenya's Most Wanted

The United States must find a way to work with its East African ally, even if it's run by an accused perpetrator of crimes against humanity.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

Political Tremors in the Caucasus

There’s a distinct whiff of desire for political change wafting through the Caucasus.

Thomas de Waal |

Argument

Lean Forward

Why there's finally cause for celebration this International Women's Day

Valerie M. Hudson |

Interview

Doctor in a Desperate Land

Why an American has chosen to bind his life to Sudan.

Jeffrey Bartholet |

Christian Caryl

The Democracy Boondoggle in Iraq

The U.S. spent billions promoting democracy in Iraq. Now the official verdict is in: It was all for nothing.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Dispatch

What Happened in Luvungi?

On rape and truth in Congo.

Laura Heaton |