Civil Society

United Nations headquarters

NGOs Frozen Out of U.N. Building

Civil society representatives are blocked over COVID-19 concerns, even as foreign diplomats and journalists pass freely through the headquarters.

An Afghan Pashtun tribal elder speaks to an interpreter.

Why Afghanistan’s Tribes Beat the United States

Tightly bound kinship networks aren’t vestiges of the past. They’re a modern—and effective—form of political organization.

Illustration of Agbaya

Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

Alexei Navalny marches in a protest in 2017.

The Berlin Patient

Russia is no stranger to protests, but Navalny’s are different.

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How Liberal Values Became a Business in Afghanistan

Washington promised to bring liberal democracy to Kabul. It created a bloated and ineffective sector of artificial NGOs instead.

Protesters wave ethnic flags during a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar.

Protests Unite Myanmar’s Ethnic Groups Against Common Foe

The shared experience of military violence has shifted political objectives among the ethnic majority.

Protesters at Place de la Nation in Dakar, Senegal, on March 8.

Senegal’s Political Crisis

A country seen as a bulwark of stability faces mass unrest.

A chemical engineering student works with a test during the method of separating specific proteins to be applied in the production of vaccines.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Transform How Vaccines Are Made

The COVID-19 crisis could enable the improvement of the global vaccine system for all diseases. Here’s how that could happen.


The End of History and the Last Map

Cartography and conflict in the post-Cold War world.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

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In Poland, Trump Paints His Vision of Civilization and Commits to Article V

Extremists, bureaucrats, and the media are all threats to Trump’s idea of civilization.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Book Talk: The Great Questions of Tomorrow

The planet is in a deep moment of transformation. What are the fundamental questions we should be asking?


Lights Out for Another Human Rights Office in Russia

Moscow authorities just stole a little more oxygen from Russia’s civil society, already struggling to breathe.


The Great Civil Society Choke-out

Around the world, governments are doing their best to strangle funding for the civilian groups that dare to challenge their power and hold them to account.


The Making of Leopoldo López

A closer look at the democratic bona fides of the rock star of Venezuela’s opposition.


Smog and the Social Contract

Rising incomes are pretty good at buying quiescence. But what causes people to say: “You can’t buy us off this cheaply”?

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