Our Top Weekend Reads

Trump impeached, Turkey’s refugee resettlement plan, and López Obrador’s poor record combating drug cartels.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on Dec. 19. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached in the history of the United States. His case will now move to the U.S. Senate, where Republican lawmakers are expected to acquit him.

Donald Trump became the third U.S. president to be impeached in the history of the United States. His case will now move to the U.S. Senate, where Republican lawmakers are expected to acquit him.

Meanwhile, as the British Labour Party mulls its future after a shocking electoral defeat, its leader might not be the only one on the chopping block—an honest examination of the party’s progressive platform might be needed, too.

And Turkey unveiled a bold and comprehensive plan to the United Nations detailing its efforts to resettle large numbers of refugees in Northern Syria.

Here are Foreign Policy’s top 5 weekend reads.


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrives at the U.S. Capitol as the House readies for a historic impeachment vote on Dec. 18.Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

1. In Historic Vote, House Impeaches Trump Over Ukraine Scandal

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday, making him the third U.S. president ever to be impeached. The vote largely fell on partisan lines, however, and he is expected to remain in office when his case goes to trial in the Senate, Foreign Policy’s Amy Mackinnon and Robbie Gramer report.


Jeremy Corbyn, left, with Les Silverstone, holds a copy of the Labour Party's Programme 1973, a radical social and political work drawn up by left-wing members of the Labour Party, in September 1975.
Jeremy Corbyn, left, with Les Silverstone, holds a copy of the Labour Party's Programme 1973, a radical social and political work drawn up by left-wing members of the Labour Party, in September 1975.

Jeremy Corbyn, left, with Les Silverstone, holds a copy of the Labour Party’s Programme 1973, a radical social and political work drawn up by left-wing members of the Labour Party, in September 1975. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

2. Jeremy Corbyn’s Followers Are Stuck in the 1970s

The British Labour Party’s left-wing Corbynistas were captivated by a 1970s-era dream of abundance for all. But they failed to appreciate the distance between having a good idea and implementing it, dooming the party at the polls, Andrew Brown writes.


The shuttered Israeli embassy in Moscow on Oct. 30, during an Israeli foreign ministry strike.
The shuttered Israeli embassy in Moscow on Oct. 30, during an Israeli foreign ministry strike.

The shuttered Israeli Embassy in Moscow on Oct. 30, during an Israeli foreign ministry strike. Gavriil Grigorov/TASS via Getty Images

3. Benjamin Netanyahu Is Bleeding Israel’s Foreign Ministry to Death

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cultivated an image for himself as the national security prime minister. But that quest has engorged the military at the expense of the foreign ministry, Sam Sokol writes.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the case for a Syrian “safe zone” at a U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York on Sept. 24.Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

4. Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently outlined a plan to resettle 1 million Syrian refugees in Northern Syria, detailing one of the largest and most ambitious public construction projects on foreign-occupied land in modern history, Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch and Lara Seligman report.


Policemen are seen at a crime scene in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on Nov. 22.
Policemen are seen at a crime scene in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on Nov. 22.

Police officers are seen at a crime scene in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Nov. 22.Ulises Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images

5. In Mexico, AMLO’s Presidency Turned One

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to curtail the power of roving drug cartels in his country. But with criminal organizations operating at full capacity and homicide numbers steadily rising, López Obrador ’s record is disheartening, Ryan C. Berg and Alejandro Poire write.

Dan Haverty is a former editorial fellow at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @dan_haverty

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