Law

Lab Report

Libya's Hard Landing

The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?

Chris Stephen |

Putinology

The Whistleblower May Have to Hold His Tongue

Can Edward Snowden really find freedom in an unfree country?

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

In Libya, They Really Are Out to Get You

Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Asleep at the Wheel

Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court had the opportunity to finally give the opposition a fighting chance. But it didn't.

Yuhniwo Ngenge |

Report

The Supreme Court May Be the Best Hope to Stop the NSA

Congress couldn't draw back the surveillance dragnet. But the justices might.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Corrupting Perceptions

Why Transparency International’s flagship corruption index falls short.

Alex Cobham |

Putinology

The Crusader Is a Convict

Russia’s leading oppositionist has been sentenced to five years in jail. Can the protest movement go on?

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

The Odds are Good for Egypt

Run the numbers, and you’ll see that Egypt’s coup may be just what the country needed.

Michael Albertus |

Argument

Living Together Doesn't Mean You're in Love

Why Georgia offers an important argument for the virtues of divided government.

Michael Cecire |

Lab Report

The Contenders

In Burma, the struggle for power is entering a risky new phase.

Gwen Robinson |

Argument

Where Apartheid Lives On

Mandela helped South Africans find their way to political freedom. But they still haven’t managed to overcome the economic legacy of the old regime.

Robert Looney |

Lab Report

The Military's Still in Charge

Why reform in Burma is only skin-deep.

Bertil Lintner |

Christian Caryl

Blood in the Streets

Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.

Christian Caryl |

FP Explainer

How Do You Flee a Country Without Leaving It?

5 ways Edward Snowden can smuggle himself out of the Moscow airport.

J. Dana Stuster |

Putinology

Talk About Strange Bedfellows

In Moscow, sympathy for Edward Snowden crosses all party lines.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

How to Make It as an Asylum Seeker

Five rules for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to make sure that life on the run goes as smoothly as possible.

Brendan I. Koerner |

Christian Caryl

Why Iran Can't Reform

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.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Comey Don't Play That

How Obama's pick to lead the FBI tried to put the brakes on the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

Marc Ambinder |

Argument

Evil in a Haystack

How do you find a terrorist hidden in millions of gigabytes of metadata?

J.M. Berger |

Christian Caryl

Secret Police State

What’s worse: the NSA or the East German Stasi?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

One Era's Traitor Is Another Era's Whistle-Blower

How the media covered national-security leaks in Daniel Ellsberg's day.

J. Dana Stuster |

Dispatch

'Freedom' Island

Is Hong Kong free, or does Beijing really call the shots?

Adam Rose |

Micah Zenko

To Protect and Defend...

No, Mr. President, your top job is not to 'keep the American people safe.'

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Hoovered

How J. Edgar laid the groundwork for the NSA's surveillance state.

David Gomez |

Argument

Why the NSA Needs Your Phone Calls…

… and why you (probably) shouldn't worry about it.

Stewart Baker |

Dept Of Secrets

Mission: Assassination

The CIA's a lot better at targeted killing now than it used to be.

Malcolm Byrne |

By Other Means

Authorize This

Can Obama put the war on terror on a new legal footing?

Rosa Brooks |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |