Putin’s propaganda portrayed Ukraine as a fascist state filled with anti-Semites. Despite Ukrainians’ election of a Jewish president, the image has stuck.
South Sudan was born amid great hope but has since descended into war. It will take a new generation of leaders to make it a successful state.
Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged a new dawn as president, but the secretary-general of his own party has built a web of corruption that thrives on darkness.
In the world’s biggest democracy, good politics often have nothing to do with good economics.
Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought.
Autocrats and counterfeit democrats have perfected the art of rigging polls to stay in power — without breaking any laws.
Netanyahu came close to ordering airstrikes in 2010 — but was thwarted by his own security chiefs.
Endless elections, unqualified leaders, uninformed voters, and short-term thinking are impeding economic growth.
As state-backed companies' debts mount, China faces an inevitable slowdown.