There will never be another Nelson Mandela, but maybe that’s just what South Africa needs to save itself from ruin.
Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.
Budget hawks' plans to cut funding for political and social science aren't just short-sighted and simple-minded -- they'll actually hurt national security.
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.
Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?
In Kenya's contested election, the tortured past of family dynasty is alive but not quite well.
Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?
As Myanmar’s messy democracy turns to the West, Beijing debates stirring up ethnic tensions to rile the government and maintain its leverage.
Haneen Zoabi has made her career speaking up for Israel's Arab minority. In Benjamin Netanyahu's Israel, that's becoming harder each day.
An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.
Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But they can do it without partisanship?
The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.
The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.
Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.
In the wake of this month’s watershed election in Georgia, a new prime minister and an incumbent president are figuring out how to keep their personal enmity from breaking into open warfare.
The growing insecurity of religious and ethnic minorities is one of the biggest problems arising from the Arab Spring. But much can be done to protect them.
A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.
The spirit of rebellion continues to simmer in the Middle East and North Africa. But you won’t see much about it in the headlines.
Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.
Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.
How local officials in a township in post-apartheid South Africa confronted the challenge of gang violence.
Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?