Britain Seeks to Send Refugees to Rwanda
Boris Johnson’s government is partnering with an authoritarian regime in a legally questionable effort to make Britain’s asylum-seeker problem disappear.
Aleksandar Vucic’s Pyrrhic Victory
The Serbian president’s anti-Western propaganda is coming back to haunt him.
Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity
Turkey’s president is seizing on Europe’s crisis to establish his own country’s independent power.
Ukraine, Russia, and the Bear Hug of Authoritarianism
Of all the democracies that emerged in the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has suffered the most from Russian interference.
Kazakhstan Can’t Torture Its Way to Stability
Until the Tokayev regime shows remorse for its brutal crackdown, the country’s reforms won’t bring progress.
Digital Human Rights Need a Single Home in U.S. Government
If everybody is responsible for countering digital authoritarianism, no one is responsible.
The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin
The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.
Turkmenistan Is All About the Berdimuhamedovs
Central Asia is about to receive its first dynastic family.
Bahrain’s Paranoia About Iran Is Self-Defeating
A new regional alliance is undermining Bahrain’s stability at home.
Belarus Vote to Amend Constitution Worries NATO
The changes, certain to pass, will let Russia house nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil.
How Twitter Failed Africa
Big Tech ignored policies that enable disinformation and propaganda across the continent.
How Democracy Can Defeat Autocracy
Autocrats are on the defensive as popular protests mount—but democracy’s fate depends on leaders delivering results.
Kazakhstan’s Protests Aren’t a Color Revolution
The country’s widespread popular demonstrations transcended class, region, and politics—making them distinct from those in Belarus and Ukraine.
Autocrats Are Exploiting COVID-19 to Weaken Central Bank Independence
The pandemic-induced economic crisis has created the perfect conditions for backtracking.
Will Unrest in Kazakhstan Inflame Tensions Between Russia and the West?
A sudden wave of protests has spooked the Kremlin and precipitated an unprecedented intervention by Moscow and its allies.
Why Serbia’s President Is a Threat to Europe
Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government is aiding Russian and Chinese propaganda and allowing genocide denialists to celebrate war criminals.
Why One Man Can Ruin Turkey’s Economy
Did Erdogan break Turkish politics by empowering the presidency—or was it broken already?
Assad’s Family Reunion Could Be a Final Victory
By reconciling with an estranged uncle, Syria’s dictator may have definitively reestablished his power.