Issues / Democracy & Governance
By staging terror acts, the Islamic State invites retaliation against the state — and Caliphate — it’s taking great pains to create.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State poked big bear Russia with predictable results.
Turkish President Erdogan has created a cult of personality in which he is the ultimate protection against the chaos he plans.
What the psychology of mass murderers — from Charles Manson on up to Bashar al-Assad and ISIS — can teach us about the method behind their madness.
Brazil's Workers' Party was once the pride of the New Left for an entire hemisphere. Now its 13-year rule hangs by a thread.
As long as false borders continue to exist in the region, the Middle East will not progress.
"Back in my youth, we imagined that lumbering dinosaurs like Russia and China and the European Union would endure regardless of the global convulsions taking place around them."
America’s leading Sunni ally is proving how easily hubris, delusion, and old-fashioned ineptitude can trump even bottomless wealth.
Burma's constitution awards a quarter of its parliament to the military. But that's not Aung San Suu Kyi's biggest problem by a long shot.
The UN has the power to bring peace to Syria — and greatly enhance its reputation to solve the seemingly intractable problems of sovereign states.