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.
The days of euphoria are long gone. Can Libyans reboot the revolution?
Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.
Female soccer players are rewriting the rules for women's sports in the Middle East.
Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics.
From the Amazon to the Nile, the masses are taking to the streets. But will the Great Awakening of 2013 actually lead to change?
Some free advice for my MENA friends.
Hopes for peaceful change have been replaced by sectarian animosity and unending bloodshed.
So what if it's a terrible slogan? It's still the right strategy.
The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.
Yes, Muslim-majority Indonesia has made a successful transition to democracy. But no, that doesn’t make it an example for the Arab Spring.
Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.
As Western countries rush into Africa's troubled Sahel region, are we once again forgetting history?
An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.
What rising GOP star Kelly Ayotte takes with her to the Senate.
While Washington is busy fighting over a report, Benghazi is descending into chaos.