India is gearing up for the largest democratic exercise ever recorded—its 2014 parliamentary election. A new infographic explains what’s at stake and how the system works.
Despite paying lip service to reform, many Arab nations’ education programs fail to prepare students to become contributing members of open, pluralistic systems.
Algeria’s scheme to help hold off social unrest by redistributing substantial oil wealth cannot be sustained indefinitely. The regime must reform or face collapse.
The world is not running out of oil—in fact, it may never run out of hydrocarbons. But new oils must be carefully analyzed before the environment is irreparably damaged.
The covert history of Iran’s nuclear program is marked by enormous financial costs, unpredictable risks, and unclear motivations.
Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader responsible for the deaths of millions, still commands worryingly high levels of admiration in some post-Soviet countries.
Any solution to the current crisis in Bahrain needs to address the distortions of the island nation’s political economy.
A new Russian-Western approach to Syria is necessary to stop the bloodshed and help create a transitional authority in Damascus that can foster national reconciliation.
Eight years after its introduction, India's landmark rural employment guarantee program has made big strides in the right direction, but structural and institutional problems are keeping it from fully realizing its potential.
Policy guidance is needed to strike a balance between exploiting new energy assets from unconventional oils and protecting the climate.
It’s easy to misinterpret India. These five trends shed light on the country’s domestic realities, underscoring India’s internal tensions between continuity and change.
As the crisis in Mali threatens to grow into a full-fledged regional security and humanitarian nightmare, nervous neighboring countries are looking to Algeria to lead a conflict management effort.
Without a clear plan for the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan, Washington may find the country worse off, in some respects, than it was in 2001.
The growing instability in Libya’s eastern province is best addressed in the near term by an effective constitution and the institutionalization of the security sector.
With the rise of Islamists across the Arab world, there is a possibility that the new parties in power will update education curricula to reflect conservative Islamic beliefs.
The number of passenger cars in circulation can act as a direct measure of the middle class in developing countries.
The EU acts as a bloc with all 27 member states discussing issues and unanimously making decisions, but behind the scenes lies a tacit agreement that the Big Three, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, take the lead on foreign policy.
Independent trade unions remain the strongest nationally organized force confronting the autocratic tendencies of the old order. If they can solidify and expand their gains, they could be an important force leading Egypt toward a more democratic future.