Living as a woman in North Korea can be psychologically and physically gruelling.
Violence and uncertainty has followed Zimbabwe's first modern election without Robert Mugabe. That's not surprising: After 38 years of dictatorship, it takes more than a vote to build democracy.
How long can a rogue regime survive assassination attempts, sanctions, bankruptcy, humanitarian crisis and mass unrest? When it comes to Venezuela, President Maduro may cling to power for some time.
History shows that Latin American presidents usually don't last long after they use violence to repress mass protests. Is Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega the next to fall?
Maduro's landslide May 20 re-election marks the official death of democracy in Venezuela. Dozens of nations worldwide have declared the vote illegitimate, and the US imposed new sanctions.
The Venezuelan opposition is asking people not to vote in the country's May 20 election, which they call a 'farce.' President Maduro regime has jailed or blacklisted most of his competitors.
Turkey’s June 24 elections are the first in 16 years that could be politically meaningful. Opposition parties seem revitalised and could launch anti-Erdoğan coalition into the second round.
At first, the 2010s seemed full of hope for democracy. The picture today is rather more complicated.
Paraguay's conservative president-elect Mario Abdo narrowly won the April 22 election. His father was the private secretary for dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who brutally ruled Paraguay for 35 years.
Despite all claims to secular egalitarianism, the Assad family's decades of rule have been brutally elitist.
By remorselessly crushing political dissent, Daniel Ortega has squandered his people's goodwill and eroded his power base.
After the US invasion brought their dictator down, Iraqis' everyday lives were marked by chaos and violence.
There's a very unflattering historical parallel for Xi Jinping's move to lift term limits. The Chinese Communist Party is having none of it.
When confronted with the consequences of arms sales, democratic governments fall back on a number of flawed arguments.
In an age of increased scrutiny, violent and repressive states are turning to subtler methods of removing dissidents and opponents.
Not since the bad old days of former President Daniel Moi's regime has Kenya witnessed such a swift and calculated assault on the media.
The Venezuelan government has just announced that it will hold a presidential election by the end of April. Despite pervasive hunger and discontent, democracy still doesn't stand a chance.
Rodrigo Duterte's authoritarianism has progressed from death squads and martial law to cracking down on press freedom.
Robert Mugabe's rule in Zimbabwe is over. But the country's road to democracy remains a bumpy one as Zanu-PF, the new president and the military go about entrenching power.
Some observers think Mugabe's overthrow by the Army might be a good thing for Zimbabwe. An Argentinean expert on Latin America's bloody military dictatorships disagrees.