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A Paris-Based Media Outlet Reacts to the Attacks

November 16, 2015by Daniel Makonnen

Mapping a Path to Tolerance During a Time of Fear

November 25, 2015by Sarah Isal

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Burma’s Voters See a Bright Future for Their Country, Polls Show

November 18, 2015 | by Ben Suffian

Public polling indicates that citizens are solidly behind the National League for Democracy’s priorities—and never had much confidence in the ousted military regime.

How a Protest in Afghanistan Instilled Hope for the Country’s Future

November 17, 2015 | by Shaharzad Akbar

After the beheadings of seven innocent members of an ethnic minority, Afghans hoped their protest would draw attention to the violence—but it achieved something far more profound.

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Churches in Former Soviet States Are Becoming Political Power Players

November 9, 2015 | by Adam Hug

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, religious institutions have asserted themselves, with churches playing a central role in determining countries’ futures across the region.

After Burma Voting This Weekend, Winners Could Be Frozen Out of Power

November 5, 2015 | by Jerry Fowler

Under the constitution pushed through by the country’s generals in 2008, an opposition victory at the polls does not guarantee a role in governing.

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Making Sure No One Is Lost in Translation

October 30, 2015 | by Dragan Kremer

Interpreters—often among the first people arriving refugees meet—work in a world that is both practical and personal. Here are four of their stories.

Want to Enhance Border Security? Improve Human Security.

October 14, 2015 | by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Discussions of border security often neglect the human security needs of the communities whose lives are directly affected by what goes on there.

Six Questions the Candidates Must Answer at the Presidential Debate and Beyond

October 13, 2015 | by Jeremy Ravinsky

From drug policy to the refugee crisis, voters deserve to know how the people running for president will respond to the world’s most pressing problems.

Reflections on Belarusian Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich

October 11, 2015 | by Aryeh Neier

A former Open Society board member proves that great works of art can be produced in the most repressive circumstances.

The National Dialogue Quartet’s Vital Music

October 9, 2015 | by Chris Stone

The Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on the four groups advancing Tunisia’s democracy brightens the beacon of hope for all of us.

Opportunistic Politicians in Bulgaria Evict Roma for Votes

October 9, 2015 | by Kaloyan Stanev

With elections looming, Bulgarian politicians are bulldozing Roma houses to win the votes of right-wing nationalists.