Democracy Lab Don't Miss

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Stalin Lives

The Soviet dictator died six decades ago. But Russians have yet to say farewell.

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The Kenya Puzzle

In Kenya, progress and dysfunction go hand in hand.

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Putin Declares War on Sleaze

Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.

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Venezuela’s New Era

Venezuelans are contemplating the possibility of a new life without Hugo Chávez. But can the existing system continue in the absence of its creator?

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Free Trade or Penalty-Free Crime?

Free Trade Zones are meant to promote trade and improve economies. But they often end up being a cover for crime.

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The End of Ukraine’s Balancing Act

Ukraine has long faced a choice: Should it cast its lot with Russia or the European Union? 2013 is shaping up to be the year Kyiv finally decides. The first in our series of Lab Reports.

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Rowdies with a Cause

How a bunch of soccer fans became the Muslim Brotherhood’s worst nightmare.

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We Have No Idea if Africa Is Rising

The rise of African economies has been a big subject of debate for FP contributors. But where are they getting their numbers?

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The Political Afterlife of Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chávez has left a profound mark on Venezuela. But how much of his legacy will remain when he’s gone?

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Daniel Ortega’s Reality Check

Nicaragua’s president is the latest Latin American populist to flirt with the market. But his political risks are high.

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The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh

Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But can they do it without partisanship?

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What Africa Did Right in 2012

Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.

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Don’t Rush to Judgment on Georgia

The new Georgian government's arrests of oppositionists have critics crying foul. But they should let justice run its course.

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Stop Talking About Civil Society

Using terms like "civil society" is a distraction from the real problems in authoritarian countries. 

Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.