What the German Election Taught America About Democracy
Americans concerned about the future of their democracy can learn from the system they helped install in Germany.
The Clock Is Ticking for Tunisia’s Saied
Most Tunisians still support the president, but time is limited.
The Slow but Steady Strengthening of Europe’s Values
Democratic principles were largely irrelevant to the EU’s founding—but are at the center of the project today.
Biden’s Democracy Agenda Just Died an Ugly Death in Kabul
The fall of Afghanistan reveals hard truths about U.S. human rights talks.
Kais Saied Is Not a Dictator
Tunisia’s controversial president is seeking to preserve the legacy of the Arab Spring by stamping out corruption and promoting decentralized democracy.
Tunisia’s on a Knife-Edge Between Reform and Autocracy
Two weeks after suspending parliament, what road map will Tunisian President Kais Saied gin up?
The Geopolitical Stakes of Olympic Perfection—and Defection
The Tokyo Games have brought a surge of nationalism and laid bare the methods of autocrats like Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
What Biden Really Thinks About Democracy Promotion
The new U.S president has crafted a novel approach to human rights that’s marked both by idealism and humility.
Tunisia’s Democracy Needs Help. Will Biden Step In?
The place where the Arab Spring began is now a test for an administration that pledged to strengthen global democracy.
How the West Misunderstood Tunisia
If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long.
The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia
Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.
Biden’s Missed Opportunity in Cuba
The U.S. president’s hard-line rhetoric belies the island’s humanitarian crisis and cedes an opportunity to shape what comes next.
Could a Monarch Heal Libya?
The country needs a unifying figure. Ahead of elections this year, it’s worth considering a constitutional monarchy.
Did Ortega Just Kill Nicaragua’s Democracy?
His arrests of opposition candidates could seal the country’s political fate, but not if Biden fights back now.
The Data Show Democracy Is Thriving
Don’t believe the talk of democratic decline. The world’s belief in self-government is stronger than ever.
Chile’s Constitution Is Too New for Its Own Good
The path is clear for a social democratic revision of its political system—and for a severe backlash.
Georgian Democracy Stumbles Onward After Parliament Deal
A six-month stalemate over vote-rigging accusations has been partially, but messily, resolved.
India’s “Electoral Autocracy” Hits Back
Angry about India’s Freedom House and V-Dem ratings, Modi is creating his own democracy rankings.