Are the Wolves Devouring Democracy?

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner,” wrote the libertarian James Bovard. Yet...

Serge Schmemann

A member of the editorial board of The New York Times.

Saving Our Future

The liberal world order we have relied upon since the end of World War II is under attack. Forces long presumed dead and buried...

John Kerry

68th United States Secretary of State

The Rise of Authoritarian Capitalism

Liberal democracy and capitalism have been the two commanding political and economic ideas of Western history since the 19th century. Now, however, the fate...

Kevin Rudd

Former Prime Minister of Australia and is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York.

The Refugee Crisis is a Test of Our Collective Conscience

In 1951 a young boy and his family fled their burning village during a brutal war that brought immeasurable death and destruction to their...

Ban Ki-moon

Co-Chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Center for Global Citizens

The World Needs a Stronger E.U.

The horrific carnage of the wars that ravaged Europe in the 75 years before World War II is fast fading into ancient history. But...

George Mitchell

United States senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and served as Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995.

Young, Liberal and Russian

Being young and liberal in today’s Russia is no easy feat. With a government bent on curbing freedoms and an economy in decline, options...

Zhanna Nemtsova

Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Give Women a Chance, and They Will Change the World

There is every reason to consider seriously how things might change if women and men manned posts of power in equal numbers throughout the...

Johanna Sigurdardottir

former Prime Minister of Iceland. She was the first woman to serve in the role, from 2009 to 2013.

Peace is Not Enough

Between 1989 and 2003, Liberia was somewhat synonymous with war. Stoking the existing tension among ethnic groups, military factions with power-hungry leaders unleashed an...

Leymah Gbowee

Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate.

Democracy Will Still Surprise Us

Gazing at the Acropolis the other day from an Athens rooftop, I was reminded of Samuel Beckett’s words: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter....

Roger Cohen

A columnist for The Times since 2009.

Democracy’s Demise in Hong Kong

China has eroded and nearly destroyed democracy in Hong Kong since taking control of the city from Britain in 1997. Beijing has cunningly manipulated a...

Yau Wai-Ching

Pro-independence activist and a former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.

The Dangers of Digital Activism

As a Saudi Arabian woman who has lived most of her life under one of the last surviving absolute monarchies in the world, the...

Manal al-Sharif

Co-founder and leader of the #Women2Drive movement and founder and CEO of Women2Hack Academy

Mexico’s Modern Revolution

If there is one thing that Mexicans know for sure, it’s that Andrés Manuel López Obrador doesn’t back down. His supporters admire his determination;...

Jorge Ramos

an anchor for the Univision network and the author.

What Happened to Hungary?

As liberals and others lament Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s election to a fourth term in April, we must remember one thing: Liberal democracy has...

Agnes Heller

A Hungarian philosopher and lecturer.

A World of Tyrants and Graves

Throughout history, violence has been a primary tool of totalitarian regimes. And when a tyrannical authority responds to legitimate demands for liberty with indiscriminate...

Ilham Ahmed

Kurdish politician and co-chairwoman of the Syrian Democratic Council

A Political Life for Migrants

As anti-immigrant sentiment sweeps the globe, involving immigrants in host countries’ democratic systems can be key to combating suspicion and division. While most of the...

Lina Antara

A democracy support professional specializing in electoral processes and human rights.

Can Hungary’s Fourth Estate Survive?

Perhaps nowhere in Europe has the shrinking of the space for independent news media been as dramatic as in Hungary, with ominous consequences for...

Celestine Bohlen

A former New York Times foreign correspondent

A Call to Arms for Liberals

If we fail to learn from the past, we do so at our own peril. That was one of the messages from the Chinese...

Farah Nayeri

Writes on culture for The New York Times. Based in London, she was previously the arts correspondent of Bloomberg.