Putin Declares War on Sleaze
Vladimir Putin is vowing to make a dent in the eternal Russian problem of corruption. Skepticism is warranted.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
The Midlife Crisis of Bangladesh
Bangladeshis want a reckoning with their bloody past. But can they do it without partisanship?
What Africa Did Right in 2012
Africans are getting better at finding their own solutions to African problems.
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.
Stop Talking About Civil Society
Using terms like "civil society" is a distraction from the real problems in authoritarian countries.