Issues / Democracy & Governance
Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society.
Our wildly inflated fear of terrorism is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In its failure to prosecute bona fide war criminals, the Obama administration has left the door open for all manner of rights abusers to succeed it.
In one fell swoop, President Obama could erase the stain of Guantanamo and make major headway on normalization with Cuba.
Aung San Suu Kyi either sees her sphere of influence as very limited or she is genuinely biased against Burma’s ethnic groups.
How the CIA, bad trade deals, and wanton military intervention caused the social crises that gave us the Donald. (Really.)
By raising sectarian temperatures throughout the Middle East, the Saudis risk escalating the unaffordable proxy wars they’ve already bogged themselves down in.
With its elections, Spain takes steps to free itself from the European Union’s tight-fisted policies.
The Islamic State is pursuing a strategy of mergers and acquisitions.
Some 99 percent of eligible Saudi women skipped their first chance to vote — some because gender segregation laws kept them away, others because they boycotted.