Issues / Democracy & Governance
Criminal indictments for defamation have more than doubled in South Korea, chilling free speech and giving pause to critics of President Park Geun-hye and her party.
The 10-year drone-war killing spree has unleashed the seeds of its own destruction: a nonviolent resistance movement.
With support from Moscow, Washington, and the former imperial capitals no longer assured, armed groups in Africa now compete for riches in diamond mines, gold pits, oil wells, and rare earth deposits.
Somalia's power-sharing system has failed.
Democratic and political reforms in Burma have been uneven and halting.
Nepal, a strategically located country on the southern flank of the central Himalayas between India and China, has finally caught election fever.
As unrest simmers in the Middle East and the United States edges toward detente with Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to ride out the storm together.
Massive data collection by the NSA comes down much heavier on the cost side of the ledger than the benefit.
Shinzo Abe is back as prime minister, along with his special brand of Abenomics and a whole new politics of hype.
No one knows what a major state would be like if it radically cut back its intelligence services--but based on the recent American record, it’s hard to imagine we could be anything but better off.