Let’s Face It: The U.S. Constitution Needs a Makeover
The 2016 election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform.
President Duterte’s Crazy Drug War Is Just the Beginning
The Philippines’ new strongman is eating away at the foundations of democracy. Can anyone stop him?
We’ve Got to Face It: Trump Is Riding a Global Trend
If Hillary Clinton wants to win, she needs to confront the rise of fear-driven politics.
Mourning the Syria That Might Have Been
How Assad’s forces bombed a democratic experiment into oblivion.
Congratulations, President Putin! Everything Is Going According to Plan.
Why the Kremlin loves Donald Trump.
Memo to the Establishment: Inspire Us or Lose
The competent politicians holding Western democracy together are dropping like flies. It’s time for them to embrace the tactic of stirring emotions -- to positive ends.
Why Does Tunisia Produce So Many Terrorists?
The success story of the Arab Spring has made room for moderate secularists to flourish. But that’s a double-edged sword.
The End of Politics as We Know It
The traditional ideological divides of Left and Right are collapsing. And that raises big questions about the future of liberal democracy.
Europe’s Big Freedom Fail
It's time for the European Union to get serious about enforcing democratic standards.
Why Insurgency Is Fun
The status quo in the Western democracies is under attack — and its defenders are looking more listless by the hour.
Banning Muslims From the United States Is the World’s Dumbest Idea
Donald Trump’s proposal is politically, morally, and strategically wrong. It also doesn’t make any sense.
That Little Problem With the Lord
People are claiming that Muslims, Christians, and Jews might have something in common. God forbid!
The Age of Disillusionment
Both the world’s liberal democracies and their authoritarian competitors are facing an uncertain year. Who will rise to the challenge?
When You Close Your Eyes and Think of America, What Do You See?
Why nationalism can be a force for good. (But beware of the dark side.)
The Rights Stuff
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, a conversation with a key U.S. State Department official on democracy and human rights.
Want to Beat the Islamic State? Help Tunisia.
One of the best ways to undermine the jihadists is by helping Tunisia prove that democracy offers a better way of life.
Burma Gives a Big Thumbs-Up to Facebook
Four years ago Facebook didn’t exist in Burma. Now it’s the country’s most important source of information.
Few Straight Answers on the Campaign Trail in Burma
In Burma’s historic election, party platforms mean little. Personalities are everything.
Can Burma Save Buddhism From the Politicians?
An unholy alliance between the government and extremist Buddhist monks is threatening to derail the transition to democracy.
Can Thailand Move Beyond the Coup?
Thailand under military rule may look calm. But big changes are coming, whether the generals like it or not.
Remembering the Fall
It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.
The Beacon Dims
The United States wants to spread democratic values around the world. It can start by cleaning up its own act at home.
Sorry, Eric X. Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem
Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe.
Scotland’s Tricky Choice
Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom. Can an independent Scotland achieve both?
How the Wizard of Oz Explains America’s Foreign Policy
A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.
9 Things to Avoid When Creating Your Own Caliphate
If you want to rule for 1,000 years, don't touch my daughters or my cigarettes.
The Woman Who Came Back from Hell
How Rwanda's Pentecostals are keeping the demons of the past at bay.
Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.
Mosul’s Christians Say Goodbye
The jihadist takeover of northern Iraq is a disaster for Iraqis. But the destruction of an ancient Christian culture is a disaster for the world.
Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.
Not So Happy In Iran
Iran’s ayatollahs are going nuts over a harmless video. But they’re not the first autocrats to obsess about the impact of popular culture.
Is the Vatican Guilty of Torture?
History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.
In a Divided Ukraine, Even Victory Over Hitler Isn’t What It Used to Be
As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.
How to Win the Information War against Vladimir Putin
The best antidote to propaganda isn't counterpropaganda. It's access to accurate information.