Stories: Democracy

  • Myanmar Parliament Enters Democratic Era After 54 Years of Military Rule

    As Aung San Suu Kyi's party assumes control of Myanmar's parliament Monday and ends more than half a century of military rule, who will lead the government and what its priorities will be remain shrouded in secrecy. Video: Bloomberg After more than five decades of isolation and repressive military rule, Myanmar on Monday swore in hundreds of...

  • Ecuador: Can President Correa’s Popularity Keep Him in Office Indefinitely?

    A meme circulating on social media features a portrait of Ecuador’s controversial president, Rafael Correa, winking at the camera. The image is split down the middle, with one half reading "before" and the other "after." In the before section, he’s quoted in November 2007, soon after he was first elected, saying, “indefinite...

  • Protesters and Counterprotesters at Moscow’s Big Anti-War March

    When I first arrived at Pushkin Square about an hour before the start of a planned anti-war rally on Sunday, I thought I might have been in the wrong place. The plaza beneath the statue of Russia’s favorite poet was dominated by supporters of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, brandishing the Dixie-esque flag of...

  • In the End Is the Beginning: Kazakhstan After Nazarbayev

    Kazakhstan has everything going for it: enormous natural resources from oil and gas to gold, uranium and rare earth metals; a young, multi-lingual population; and thousands of young foreign trained graduates, who return home every year under President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Bolashak scholarship program. But behind Nazarbayev’s strong leadership are weak institutions, a puppet parliament, fettered...

  • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Living “Never Free From Fear”

    Burmese activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spoke calmly and deliberately, elegant in her silk sarong, red flowers in her black hair. But as she addressed an audience of nearly 700 in Sprague Hall and an overflow audience in the Yale Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, what she spoke of was the unremitting anxiety of life during five decades of...