India Has a Lesson for Trump: National Emergencies Are a Disaster for Democracy
Indira Gandhi's Emergency damaged Indians' rights — and gave the opposition a cause to unify against.
How to Regulate the Internet Without Becoming a Dictator
The British model of filtering data rather than content can protect citizens while preserving an open internet.
Western Leaders Are Promoting Dictatorship, Not Democracy, in Egypt
Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Cairo and Donald Trump’s cheerleading have bolstered Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he faces popular protest over his latest power grab.
Labeling Elections ‘Good Enough’ Lets African Leaders Get Away With Fraud
Setting the bar too low for African democracies, as the international community did in Madagascar, encourages electoral manipulation and bad governance.
Comedians Will Soon Rule the World
It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.
You Only Wish You Had Ukraine’s Democracy
Despite attacks from abroad and corruption at home, Ukrainian democracy isn't failing—it's thriving.
The Future of Politics Is Coming to Poland
Promising newcomers are threatening to tear apart the country’s two-party system in every direction.
Recognizing Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s Leader Isn’t a Coup. It’s an Embrace of Democracy.
Treating the Maduro regime as illegitimate, sanctioning its top officials, and sending aid despite a blockade will hasten its demise and speed the transition to democratic governance.
Nigeria’s President Isn’t a Democrat. He’s a Liar.
Twenty years after its return to democratic rule, Nigeria is on the verge of re-electing a dictator.
Irony Is the Secret to Saving Democracy
How has the Czech Republic avoided the nationalist populism tearing apart Poland and Hungary? By not taking itself too seriously.
Trump and May Are Discrediting Democracy
Chaos and dysfunction in Washington and London make liberal democratic government look bad—and embolden China and Russia to market authoritarianism as an efficient alternative.
Morocco’s Crackdown Won’t Silence Dissent
Across the country, protesters are increasingly willing to criticize the government and the monarchy—even in the face of repression.
Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia
Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.
The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh’s Election Debacle
The ruling party is making a mockery of the electoral process, pandering to Islamic extremists, and turning the country into an authoritarian state
My Top 10 Foreign-Policy Wish List for 2019
Peace in Yemen, rapprochement with Russia, and other hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
Congo Wanted an Election. This Isn’t What It Meant.
The country will vote for a new government, and then brace for a violent aftermath.
Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.
Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.
It’s Macron’s Destiny to Be Hated
The French president can make all the concessions he wants, but he can’t make the public like him.
Martial Law Is a Test. Will Ukraine’s Democracy Pass?
Ukraine’s parliament resisted President Petro Poroshenko’s call for an extended state of emergency—but the battle isn’t over yet.
Asia’s Oldest Democracy Takes a Hit
Political maneuvering by Sri Lankan President Sirisena won’t end well.