Race/Ethnicity

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

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.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Missing in Action

Extremists are destroying the fabric of Pakistani society. Where is the government?

Mosharraf Zaidi |

Dispatch

The Fall and Rise of Raila Odinga

In Kenya's contested election, the tortured past of family dynasty is alive but not quite well.

James Verini |

Reality Check

Tribes With Flags

How the Arab Spring has exposed the myth of Arab statehood.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Stand with Rwanda

Now is no time to cut aid to Kigali.

Tony Blair |

Argument

Arm the Syrian Rebels. Now.

Obama's cabinet had a plan to take down Bashar al-Assad. What went wrong?

Michael Doran |

Argument

Has China Lost Myanmar?

As Myanmar’s messy democracy turns to the West, Beijing debates stirring up ethnic tensions to rile the government and maintain its leverage.

Yun Sun |

Argument

There's No App for Syria

Why did Apple ban a game on the Syrian civil war?

Michael Peck |

Dispatch

The Most Hated Woman in Israel

Haneen Zoabi has made her career speaking up for Israel's Arab minority. In Benjamin Netanyahu's Israel, that's becoming harder each day.

Larry Derfner |

Christian Caryl

The Year in Unfreedom

An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.

Christian Caryl |

The List

Four Surprises That Could Rock Asia in 2013

Are we paying attention to the wrong crises?

Michael Mazza |

Dispatch

The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh

Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But they can do it without partisanship?

Joseph Allchin |

Christian Caryl

Nothing Is Written

The triumph of democracy isn't inevitable. It has to be fought for.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Syria's Time Is Running Out

The country tears itself further apart with each passing day. This is the moment to do something about it.

Frederic Hof |

Argument

Turkey's Weakest Export

Turkey says it wants to be a model for democracy in the Middle East. But so far its actions lag behind its achievements.

Gamze Coşkun |

Argument

Words Are Weapons of Mass Destruction

Why Hamas should watch its language.

David Keyes |

The List

How Ancient Plankton Elected Obama

And other crazy tales from the world's electoral maps.

Frank Jacobs |

Dispatch

Georgia Versus the Forces of Chaos

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.

Molly Corso |

Argument

Beware the Tyranny of the Mob

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.

Jamsheed Choksy |

Profile

The Man Who Brought the Black Flag to Timbuktu

A new Islamist strongman has taken the stage in North Africa. His rising power is giving him a lot of bad ideas.

William Lloyd-George |

Christian Caryl

Where the Arab Spring Has Not Yet Sprung

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.

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

An Idealist on Death Row

Why the desperate fate of a little-known Sudanese human rights activists poses some fundamental questions about what it means to be human.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Unsung Heroes

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.

Tom Malinowski |

Case Studies

Taking on the Gangs in Cape Town

How local officials in a township in post-apartheid South Africa confronted the challenge of gang violence.

Richard Bennet |

Argument

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Buddhism Problem

Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?

William McGowan |

Argument

Buddhist Monks Behaving Badly

The boys in saffron are marching again. But this time there’s nothing that's noble about it.

Francis Wade |

Case Studies

The City with a Short Fuse

How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.

Rushda Majeed |

Argument

The Gang That Can't Shoot Straight

The Syrian National Council has failed to galvanize international support for the rebellion -- and it has only itself to blame.

Malik Al-Abdeh |

Slide Show

Wandering Sikhs

From India to Wisconsin, a look at one of the world's most misunderstood religions.

Slide Show |

Argument

Dereliction of Duty

A new U.N. report has highlighted Rwanda's responsibility for continuing conflict in the Congo. Washington's inaction is an outrage.

Jeffrey Tayler |