Issues / Democracy & Governance
South Sudan is unable to function as a state because it lacks the basic ingredients needed for nation-building.
Europe's proven plenty capable at regulating lightbulbs and vegetables. But it's failed utterly at making democratic decisions about money.
Somehow a disagreement over Ukraine has morphed into Nazi armies poised on the Polish border, or Soviet armored divisions threatening to overrun Western Europe.
The landmark U.S. disability rights legislation became the basis for an international treaty embraced by much of the world — but not, ironically, by the U.S. itself.
The Islamic State has two advantages over the chaotic violence of Iraq and the murderous Assad regime in Syria: services and justice.
While the international community propped up kleptocratic generals, South Sudan's social entrepreneurs took matters into their own hands. The future of the country belongs to them.
If he wants to save his legacy on Africa, Barack Obama will have to be more than a shill for U.S. security firms and corporations.
Barack Obama is headed to Ethiopia. Will he speak up for the journalists and activists locked up by Washington's "war on terror" ally?
From Athens to Tehran, powerful countries make the rules and break the rules. Everyone else just squeezes the best deal they can — for now, anyway.
It was a foregone conclusion that Middle Eastern states would seek to adjust national boundaries set by the West.