A four-step guide to navigating the pressures and prerogatives of the powers-that-be.
Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.
How Burmese rebels are waging war on the opium industry.
The coming election in Iraq could decide the fate of the country's struggling democracy. The United States needs to take a stand.
Radical nationalists want to continue the revolution that toppled Yanukovych. But they're probably just making matters worse.
Societies attempting to make the transition to democracy should start by establishing a consensus on basic values.
Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.
Vladimir Putin is justifying his grab for Crimea with the need to protect the "Russian-speaking population" in Ukraine. But why stop there?
Why a Russian intervention in southern Ukraine could rebound against Moscow.
Pro-democracy protesters in Kiev are triumphant. In Moscow they're still taking it on the chin.
Africa is poised for economic growth. But it won't all be smooth sailing.
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.
Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?
With Nelson Mandela's death, a look back at the South African leader's legendary life -- in his own words.
The end of Nepal's bloody civil war was supposed to bring freedom to the downtrodden. But democracy actually makes some things more complicated.
The Chinese government thinks it can thwart unrest among ethnic minorities by raising their incomes. But prosperity doesn't buy loyalty.
Bosnia's current constitution leaves some people unrepresented. It's time to move away from ethnicity and toward citizenship.
How simmering ethnic hatred in Moscow exploded into violence.
How South Africa's post-apartheid government tried to do away with the territorial legacy of racial segregation.
The Syrian rebellion is turning hard-line Islamist, squeezing out Christians, Alawites, and Kurds who also hate Assad.
As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.
We've already tried breaking up the DRC -- and more than 1 million people died.
Why isn't Obama outraged about a drone war based on profiling?