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Why a Hashtag Isn’t Enough for a Revolution in Zimbabwe

Some hope to use social media to usher in the end of Robert Mugabe’s regime. This ignores the realities of power.

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The Battle for the Soul of Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraq’s Kurds may be moving closer to statehood. But their progress towards democracy leaves much to be desired.

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Drawing Back the Curtain on Brazil’s Rotten Political System

Brasília’s corrupt power brokers have finally been exposed. Will that be enough to set the government straight?

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Washington’s Closest Ally on the Horn of Africa Has a Terrible Human Rights Record

Tiny Djibouti is a key U.S. ally in the “war on terror.” But that doesn’t mean Washington should stay silent on its abuses.

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First, They Came for the Experts

Anti-intellectualism is clearing a path for the spread of populist demagogues across Western democracies.

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It’s Not All Doom And Gloom in Southeast Asia

The U.S. pivot to Asia has led to a lot of hand-wringing about the region’s democratic shortcomings. In reality, it’s looking pretty good.

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