The Enemies of Sudan’s Democracy Are Lurking Everywhere
The country successfully toppled a dictator. Now it's in an epic battle to secure freedom.
Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed’s Plans for Ethiopia
Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.
After Trump’s Hong Kong Democracy Act, China Is Still Winning
The U.S. president may think his surprise move to support the protesters will give him the upper hand in trade negotiations with China—but Xi is likely to call his bluff.
The Rajapaksas Own Sri Lanka Now
Victory for the hard-line political dynasty spells dark times for democracy.
Lech Walesa on Why Democracy Is Failing: ‘There Is No Leadership’
The legendary Polish union leader who helped end the Cold War says the United States and other nations have not done enough to create a new global system of democratic values.
Trump to Arab Protesters: I Stand With Your Rulers, Not You
As demonstrations erupt from Iraq to Lebanon to Egypt, the United States is sending strong signals that it no longer has any stomach for democracy promotion.
Jokowi Offers Prabowo a Piece of the Pie
The new Indonesian defense minister is a threat to the president—and democracy.
The Democratic Alliance’s Demise Puts South Africa’s Multiparty Democracy at Risk
The implosion of the country’s leading opposition party is bad news for competitive politics and democratic institutions—and its impact will be felt across Africa.
Let a Thousand Parties Bloom
The only way to prevent America’s two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether.
The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too
The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.
Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together
Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.
The West Is Open for Dirty Business
The European Union and United States need a joint front against poisonous kleptocracy.
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.
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.
Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life
Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.
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.
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.
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.