Democracy

Protesters demonstrate against proposed changes to Indonesia's criminal code.

Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together

Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.

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The West Is Open for Dirty Business

The European Union and United States need a joint front against poisonous kleptocracy.

Egyptian protesters shout slogans as they take part in a protest calling for the removal of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo's downtown on September 20, 2019.

Egypt Is Done Waiting for Liberals

A previously unknown Egyptian has started an anti-Sisi protest movement—and is opposed by government and liberal elites alike.

President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015.

No Continent for Old Men

Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.

Frames of Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are display in a photo shop in Beijing on April 17, 2017.

Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life

Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.

Sudan's protest leader Ahmad Rabie (C-R), flashes the victory gesture alongside General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (C-L), the chief of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council, during a ceremony where they signed a constitutional declaration that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule, in Khartoum on Aug. 17.

How to Make Sudan’s Revolution Succeed

Previous uprisings have failed due to squabbling among elites, poor civil-military relations, and a lack of economic development. Both sides of the transitional government must avoid past mistakes.

A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks along a street as protesters take part in a demonstration against the ruling class in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Aug. 23, for the 27th consecutive Friday and marking six months since the movement began.

America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph

Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground.

A demonstrator, wearing a mask depicting Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, protests outside the gates to Downing Street in central London on Aug. 28.

King Johnson vs. Parliament

By proroguing Parliament at a crucial moment, Britain’s prime minister is following in the footsteps of King Charles I. The result won’t be as bloody, but it will do violence to the country’s democratic institutions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a speech during celebrations to mark Ukraine’s 28th Independence Day in Kyiv on Aug. 24.

Ukraine’s Democracy Is (Almost) All Grown Up

If Zelensky can build on his predecessor’s legacy, he may just succeed in furthering Ukraine’s economic growth and drawing the country still closer to the West.

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Will Hong Kong Flare Up or Flame Out?

How the protesters got here—and what will happen next.

A riot police officer advances during a demonstration in Sheung Wan on July 28, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

How China Lost Hong Kong

Compromise or crackdown are the only options left for Beijing.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on during a press conference after a meeting with president of the European Council at the European Council in Brussels on June 5.

Welcome to Ukraine’s Post-Post-Maidan Era

Ukraine’s president now has an unprecedented level of parliamentary support. What will he do with it?

Greta Thunberg attends the Youth for Climate march in Brussels on Feb. 21.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Democracy Is the Planet’s Biggest Enemy

Young people care a lot about climate change—but most of them can’t vote. Here’s how governments can adapt to accommodate them.

Members of the army carry a coffin covered with the Ethiopian flag in Addis Ababa on June 25, in preparation for the funeral service of the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, Seare Mekonnen, who was assassinated on June 22.

Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control

Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him.

Sudanese protesters demand civilian rule in Omdurman on June 29.

From Camel Herder to Dictator

With the rise of Hemeti, Sudanese politics has been turned on its head.

Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to instructions on April 9, 2018, at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

The Military Aren’t Heroes or Villains. They’re Us.

The gap between soldiers and civilians is hurting democracies.

An Orthodox priest and cadets of the Nakhimov naval academy take part in the opening ceremony for the start of a new academic year known as the "Day of Knowledge" in Saint-Petersburg, on September 1, 2018.

Russians Are Getting Sick of Church

Orthodox Christianity—and Vladimir Putin—are at the center of the country’s newest culture war.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda speak with the media at the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2018.

Duda’s Ego Trip

The Polish president will try to convince Trump to send U.S. troops to his country. Congress should push Trump to resist.

Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press conference at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019.

Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest

Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.

Women walk past a campaign billboard for Kazakh President and presidential candidate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Nur-Sultan on June 7 ahead of Kazakhstan's presidential elections.

Kazakhstan’s Fake Vote Might Wake Up Civil Society

The nominal resignation of a longtime autocrat has sparked new hopes.

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