It's time for a dose of realism when we think about how to build new democracies.
As the United States steps away from the Middle East, its allies have tried to fill the void -- with disastrous results.
As Egypt and the UAE launch airstrikes on Tripoli, a cadre of politicians, militia leaders, and businessmen with links to both countries hopes to take advantage of a popular swell against Libya's Islamists.
It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.
Why some Libyans see a solution to the country's political crises in a document that was published 63 years ago.
If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.
The steady drumbeat of killings has left Libyans despairing about whether anyone can bring security to their war-torn country.
Is retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar finally reining in out-of-control Islamist militias, or is he dealing a body blow to this country's hope for democracy?
While Republicans played politics, Libya was imploding. Now the Pentagon is readying an embassy evacuation, and the country may be beyond salvation.
Can the Islamist party thrive in the turbulent politics of post-Qaddafi Libya?
Can a flashy, Western-friendly, millionaire really win Libya's race for prime minister?
What Pakistan knew about bin Laden; Rasmussen to FP: Will Russia stop there?; DOD to send troops to Libya; No "Step Nine" for Boogie; What up with the Pentagon library?; and a bit more.
President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.
Hagel considers non-lethal aide to Ukraine, but the Pentagon's options are limited; Terrain masking: Did Flight 370 fly at 5,000 feet? Clancy predicted Crimea; Sinclair to plead guilty to lesser charges; and a bit more.
The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.
For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.
Want to topple an autocrat? Street demonstrations are just one tool among many.
Did the killing of the U.S. ambassador a year ago cast a curse on the city he loved?
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.
A Syrian-American writer finds her voice, with help from Libya's most famous novelist.
Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias.