Election2020

The foreign-policy implications of the U.S. presidential race.
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The Most Important Election. Ever.

Why the fate of the American republic—and the world—could depend on what happens Nov. 3.

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Election 2020: What We’re Missing

Daily takes by leading global thinkers on the most important foreign-policy issues not being talked about during the campaign.

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Postcards From the Wedge

Niche foreign-policy issues could become make-or-break affairs for battleground races, from Cuba for Florida Latinos to the treatment of Somali refugees in Minnesota.

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The World’s Election

Trump versus Biden is not just about the United States. The whole world is watching the Nov. 3 election to see how U.S. foreign policy may change in the coming months.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Adventures Haven’t All Flopped

For all the chaos, the Trump administration has notched some notable victories abroad. The question is whether they outweigh everything else Trump brought to Washington—and the world.

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It’s Debatable

The Cato Institute’s Emma Ashford and the Atlantic Council’s Matthew Kroenig debate foreign policy and the 2020 election.

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The United States Isn’t Doomed to Lose the Information Wars

China and Russia are ramping up their disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to the November vote. It’s time for Washington to fight back.

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Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures next to Then-US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield before their bilateral talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) at the State House in Nairobi on August 22, 2016.

In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

The U.S. president-elect laid out most of his national security team even as more Republicans abandoned Trump and his legal battles over the election results.

Christopher C. Krebs, director of the Homeland Security Department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump Ousts Cybersecurity Chief Over Election Claims

The outgoing president continues to spread falsehoods about fraud, even as the recently fired Chris Krebs calls the elections ‘the most secure’ in history.

U.S. President Donald Trump hugs the American flag during CPAC 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 2, 2019.

Trump’s Defeat Was World Historic

Populist authoritarians don’t usually leave through the ballot box. The Democrats’ success offers lessons for others.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after receiving a briefing from the COVID-19 transition advisory board in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 9.

The National Security Risks of Trump’s Temper Tantrum

Refusing to concede and start the transition creates mostly hindrances, not disasters. But on key issues, obstructing Biden puts America in danger.

The American flag flies at the U.S. Capitol

Democrats Urge Outgoing Trump to Be Flexible on Sanctions

Lawmakers are redoubling efforts to ensure all countries can get essential medical equipment during the pandemic despite ramped-up U.S. sanctions.

U.S. then-Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin on Feb. 1, 2013.

For the West, There Is No Road Back to a Time Before Trump

Europeans are relieved by Biden’s victory but will be very disappointed if they don’t heed the lessons of the past four years.

Young activists and supporters of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gather and dance on Black Lives Matter Plaza just outside the White House on Nov. 4.

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America’s democracy demotion, U.N. peacemaking in the age of plague, and Biden’s Putin challenge.

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Watch Out Wall Street: Biden May Be Coming for You

His new financial advisors include some of the toughest proponents of banking regulation from the 2008 financial crisis.

Pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators argue at the Michigan state capitol on Nov. 08, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

America Is Drifting Toward an Iraqi Future

Once a country loses its sense of national identity, a national unraveling is often not far behind.

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) stands with dozens of people calling for stopping the vote count in Pennsylvania due to unfounded charges of fraud on the steps of the State Capitol on Nov. 5 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

America’s Democracy Demotion

Pro-democracy groups and foreign governments should be calling out Donald Trump’s attack on the country’s core democratic institutions. They aren’t.

A waitress wears a protective mask as she watches a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump on a television during an election-watching event at a bar in Beijing on Nov. 4.

Why China Isn’t Congratulating Biden

A dive into Chinese-language media offers some clues.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media in Delaware.

And the Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Are…

Biden’s final picks could ultimately hinge on two runoff Senate races in Georgia, which will determine who controls the upper chamber.

Former President Barack Obama and Republican President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a transition planning meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington,DC. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How a Transition Is Supposed to Work

And why this year’s dumpster fire is so dangerous.

President-elect Joe Biden is seen in Delaware.

Here Are the Experts Leading Biden’s Transition at Federal Agencies

Normally, they’d already be landing inside government agencies, preparing for a smooth transfer of power—but can’t yet as Trump levels unfounded claims about election fraud.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

Putin Expects a Long Confrontation With America Under Biden

As Putin refuses to congratulate Biden, all eyes in the Kremlin are on the president-elect’s new team.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a presidential candidate at the time, during a meeting in Mexico City on March 5, 2012.

How Brazil and Mexico Will Come to Terms With the Biden Presidency

The costs of being orphaned in the Americas is too great to snub him forever.

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The World Calls Biden, While Trump and Company Double Down

Major world leaders are reaching out to the U.S. president-elect as Pompeo claims there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017.

How Trump’s Defeat Could Mean More Policy Favors for Israel

Netanyahu has a wish list for the lame-duck president while Trump has a score to settle with Biden.

Rudy Giuliani, the attorney for the U.S. president, holds a press conference in the back parking lot of the Four Seasons Total Landscaping company in Philadelphia on Nov. 7.

How to Refute Vote Fraud Claims Like Trump’s

International election monitors have proven ways to verify a disputed vote. Could they work in the United States?

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Trump’s Still Got Some Believers—Strongmen, Populists, and Authoritarians Refuse to Recognize Biden’s Win

Some leaders are breaking ranks with the majority of world leaders in the hopes that Trump will somehow cling to power.

People watch a television news program reporting on the U.S. election with images of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 9.

For South Korea’s President, Biden’s Win Is Both Good News and Bad News

A new administration points to a resolution of some thorny bilateral disputes—but could threaten Moon Jae-in’s cherished rapprochement with the North.

A man reads a morning newspaper showing a photograph of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in Allahabad, India, on Nov. 8.

Biden’s Election Will Bring Continuity for India’s Military

U.S. defense cooperation with India is one thing Democratic and Republican administrations agree on.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on his arrival at the West Wing of the White House on March 19, 2019.

The Trump of the Tropics After Trump

Bolsonaro needs Trumpism to rally his base, but he might need Biden’s America even more.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (from left), President Donald Trump, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Trump Fires His Embattled Pentagon Chief by Tweet

The abrupt news after Trump’s electoral defeat follows months of tensions between the U.S. president and his secretary of defense.

As U.S. vice president, Joe Biden appears at a meeting of the Middle Class Task Force at the White House on Jan. 25, 2010.

Representation, Now Taxation

Biden will inherit a tax system rigged to deepen inequality. He’ll need corporate America’s help to fix it.

Portraits of Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan hang in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Biden’s Victory Is No Balm for American Exceptionalism

Trump was a much weaker potential autocrat than others have faced.

Joseph Biden speaks to the media as Executive Director of the Middle Class Task Force Jared Bernstein, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Christina Romer, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag listen during a meeting on economy with the task force at the Roosevelt Room of the White House October 2, 2009 in Washington.

America’s Economy Is Fragile. So Is Biden’s Economic Team.

In today’s Democratic Party, inheriting Obama’s economic legacy may be a burden, not a benefit.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waving as he attends a gathering of Basij militia forces in Tehran. Khamenei on February 26, 2008 hailed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's role in the "great success" of the nuclear program, amid threats of new sanctions against Tehran.

Iran Is Laughing at Trump and Placing Hope in Biden

The country is treating the outcome of the U.S. election as an opportunity—and a potential threat.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 15.

UAE, Bahrain Brace for a Chillier Biden Approach

Biden will shift focus in the Middle East, but Israeli-Arab normalization will continue.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the NATO summit in Watford, England, on Dec. 4, 2019.

Canadians, Whether Left or Right, Are Glad to See Trump Go

Trump’s brand of populist conservatism had little appeal north of the border, but leaves a legacy of U.S.-style race politics.

A supporter shows a calendar with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the cover outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 7.

Biden and Harris’s Reset for Africa

Democrats on the continent are eager to have a U.S. ally again, but the new administration will have to deliver at home as well.

U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House on March 22, 2019.

Trump Was a Warning

It’s time the United States and Europe start taking their democracies more seriously.

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Slovenia PM Frantically Tries to Justify Congratulatory Trump Call

Right-wing leader Janez Jansa called the election early—for the wrong side.

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Relief Across Latin America at Trump’s Loss

The damage done to the U.S. reputation may take years to repair.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden addresses the nation at the Chase Center November 06, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

World Leaders Congratulate Biden on Election Despite Trump Refusal to Concede

European allies who regularly clashed with Trump were among the first to applaud the U.S. president-elect on his victory. Now even the president's closest friends abroad are joining in.

Elaine Chao (center) with her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

How President-Elect Biden Could—Believe It or Not—Help Heal America

For all his flaws, there has never been a better deal-maker on Capitol Hill, colleagues say.

Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell arrive on Capitol Hill on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

The Election Is Over. The Ideological Fight Is About to Start.

A preview of the foreign-policy battle that’s looming over Joe Biden’s presidency.

Supporters of Scottish independence gather at the site of the Battle of Bannockburn for an “All Under One Banner” event in Bannockburn, Scotland, on Aug. 19.

Scottish Nationalists Hope Biden Win Means a Washington Friendlier to Independence

The U.S. stance toward any future Scottish independence referendum could be crucial.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris

Biden Wins: Pennsylvania Called After Four Days of Suspense

President Trump’s legal team is challenging the results in several states.

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Election chaos could be a boon for U.S. adversaries, what Europe’s anti-lockdown protesters really want, and musings on the state of the nation.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a rally at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Feb. 29.

Executive Power After Trump

A split government could present the Biden administration with some hard choices about the scope of its own authority.

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump (right), and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speak to the media about a court order giving the Trump campaign access to observe vote counting operations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 5.

Why Trump’s Elections Challenges Are Nothing Like Bush v. Gore

Bush assembled a high-powered legal team. Trump is relying mostly on cronies.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

With Lead in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Biden Edges Closer to Victory

The Democratic nominee could win as many electoral votes as Trump did four years ago.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (from left), Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

Biden May Win, but the Left Is Still Fighting for Influence

Continued Republican control of the Senate threatens to forestall both progressive cabinet picks and progressive policies.

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Don’t Expect a Biden Win to Boost U.S. Favorability

Obama won hearts all over the world, but people have been burned twice now.

A boy plays in front of the Chinese flag at Wuhan Revolution Museum in Wuhan, China, on Oct. 7.

Why Trump Will Blame Beijing for a Biden Victory

Right-wing Chinese American groups have already conjured up conspiracies.

A man holds a U.S. flag outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center as ballot counting in the presidential election continues inside on Nov. 6.

After This U.S. Election, the Case for Online Voting Is Stronger Than Ever

Going digital would ensure faster results, easing concerns about legitimacy and providing a productive role for big tech.

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As QAnon Copes With Trump’s Likely Loss, They Wonder Where Q Is

The pseudonymous leader of the conspiracy theory hasn’t posted for days.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 20, 2018.

Saudi Arabia’s Worst Nightmare

No one is more anxious about a potential Biden presidency than Mohammed bin Salman.

Chinese then-Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. then-Vice President Joe Biden at a welcome ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

America Under Biden Won’t Go Soft on China

Beijing may appreciate a less erratic U.S. administration. But it shouldn’t expect Biden to be more pliable.

Wind turbines at a wind farm in Colorado City, Texas on Jan. 21, 2016.

What Are Biden’s Climate Options if the Senate Stays Republican?

A split government would make it harder, but there are many things a president can do.

Supporters shout and wave flags at President Donald Trump's motorcade

Trump’s Anti-Communist Foreign Policy Won Florida Hispanics

Outreach programs and a hard-line attitude persuaded communities with long Republican ties.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden meets workers at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan on March 10.

China and Europe Won’t Get Any Relief on Trade From Biden

Washington will not return as the champion of the global trading system. But it may stop being its biggest foe.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris after being introduced by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as his running mate in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12.

Biden and Harris Could Be Bad News for India’s Modi

With Kamala Harris in the West Wing, Modi’s opponents in India may suddenly gain leverage.

Joe Biden speaks with U.S. Marine generals before a development meeting between Iraqi and American government officials and Sunni sheikhs September 6, 2007 in Ramadi, Anbar Province, Iraq.

Trump Promised to End America’s Wars. Biden Might Actually Do It.

The former vice president contributed to a legacy of failed wars in the Middle East. Can he fix it?

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after addressing the press at the White House in Washington on Nov. 5.

Trump’s ‘Most Dishonest’ Speech Lays Out Assault on the U.S. Election

The president railed against “illegal votes” and “suppression polls” he thinks helped steal the election from him.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the press briefing room at the White House on Nov. 5.

As Count Continues, Trump Makes Baseless Claims of Voter Fraud While Biden Appeals for Calm

Trump claimed victory yet again and said he was being cheated—with no evidence. Biden, with a likelier path to victory, says, “Every vote must be counted.”

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Is an Undecided U.S. Presidential Election a National Security Threat?

As U.S. states count votes, are foreign states seeking to undermine American interests from East Asia to East Africa?

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visits an aluminum manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on Sept. 21.

Free Trade Is Over

Under a potential Biden administration, protectionism may be more targeted and subtle—but it isn’t going anywhere.

Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Nov 4.

This Time, the Meddling Is Coming From Inside the House

The U.S. presidential election came off with little evidence of outside interference—but plenty of internal confusion.

Dozens of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump call for stopping the count of ballots in Pennsylvania at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Nov. 5.

Trump Legal Challenges More Bluster Than Substance

Experts say there’s little chance they could actually affect the results—but they could affect the nation.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands on stage with Vice President Mike Pence

Trump’s Language of Hate Has Deep Roots in American Religious Bigotry

Catholics were the first scapegoats of the new republic, but others followed.

A person wearing a face mask walks past a store going out of business in New York City on Oct. 8.

What Economic Stimulus Could Look Like Under a Divided Government

Biden or Trump, Massive Immediate Spending Is Probably Off the Table

Ex-felons Gerald Dent (center, with sign) James Featherstone (L) and Niles Ringgold (R) join a rally for felon voting rights in Baltimore, Maryland on Mar. 10.

America’s Unique Kind of Disenfranchisement

America, unlike most democracies, maintains barriers to ex-felons voting, which affects millions.

Hawa Alam Nuristani (center), the head of the Afghan Independent Electoral Commission, announces the preliminary results of the 2019 Afghan presidential election in Kabul on Dec. 22, 2019. Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani won a second term.

For Afghans, the U.S. Election Feels Very Familiar

Claims of fraud, premature declarations of victory, and battles over Sharpies are par for the course—in Kabul.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5.

What Trump’s Near-Victory Means for Republican Foreign Policy

This was no repudiation of Trumpism, making it harder for the party to heal and return to its strengths.

A screen showing Joe Biden in Tokyo

Some in Japan Are Already Missing Trump

Conservative commentators dislike Biden, but they’re a minority.

Tourists at a former Taiwan military base

Xi Doesn’t Need to Invade Taiwan Right Now

An uncertain U.S. presidency creates the risk of opportunism, but the dangers are too high for Beijing.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Why a Biden Win Is Bad News for Boris Johnson

By casting his lot with Trump, the U.K. prime minister now looks like yesterday’s man. He is in for a rude awakening.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal  welcomes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) at the Riyadh airbase on October 27, 2011, upon his arrival in the Saudi capital with a U.S. official delegation to offer condolences to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz following the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sultan.

Mohammed bin Salman Should Be Very Worried About Biden

Saudi Arabia went all-in for Trump—and might be about to reap the consequences.

US President Donald Trump listens as Nigel Farage speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport October 28, 2020, in Goodyear, Arizona.

Europe’s Far-Right Is Still Hoping for a Trump Miracle

The continent’s populists have run out of momentum—and are looking for an unlikely boost from across the Atlantic.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden puts his mask back on after delivering remarks following a coronavirus briefing with health experts at the Hotel DuPont on August 13, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

America Has Elected Either Death or More Death

The options are either an ineffective pandemic response—or an utterly catastrophic one.

Photos of the front pages of Japanese newspapers in Tokyo on Nov. 5.

Asia’s Realists Shouldn’t Fear a Biden Presidency

They may admire Trump’s pugilism toward China, but the former vice president may have more to offer.

People watch a news program reporting on the U.S. presidential election at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 4.

Seoul Breathes a Sigh of Relief as Trump Loss in Sight

Trump put unprecedented strain on the U.S.-South Korean alliance.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump cheer during a rally in West Nyack, New York, on Nov. 1.

Yes, Biden Won—but It’s Still Trump’s America

Many thought 2016 was a fluke. That’s impossible to argue now.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Biden Edges Toward Narrow Victory in a Deeply Polarized America

If he wins the White House, the Democrat will need all his skills to reach across the aisle and avoid political paralysis.

A woman wears a “Trump 2020” face mask at a rally for incumbent Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in Davenport, Iowa, on Oct. 31.

Why the Pandemic Didn’t Hurt Trump

Americans have no point of comparison for the coronavirus.

Car decorations reference the QAnon conspiracy theory at a campaign rally for U.S. President Donald Trump

In Likely Lost Election, QAnon Sees Even More Conspiracies

Trump’s most dedicated supporters are going into a spiral online.

Indian voters line up at a polling station to cast their ballots during the fifth phase of general election in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, India, on May 6, 2019.

India Would Have Counted the Votes Already

The world’s largest democracy might have some lessons to offer the oldest democracy on how to conduct an election.

A protester carries a sign reading “‘Count Every Vote’—Democracy” in Detroit on Nov. 4.

Contested Elections Put the United States in Dubious Company

In younger democracies, disputes about the results may be more common, but in mature democracies like the United States, the loser should have reason to step aside.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at Philadelphia City Hall on June 2.

Note to U.S. Allies: America Will Remain Divided and Frustrating

Biden’s ambitious domestic and international agenda will be stymied by a Senate the Democrats failed to win.

Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak at the East Las Vegas Community Center about the effects of COVID-19 on Latinos in Las Vegas on Oct. 9.

Both Parties Are Heading Toward a Reckoning

The 2020s will be a decade of political evolution and realignment, no matter who wins this election.

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How the World Is Covering Trump’s Premature Victory Lap

The election has been called an “attack on the nerves”—and Trump’s statements have been dubbed an “attempted coup.”

A combination picture shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., early Nov. 4.

Don’t Blame the Polls

Try as they might, pollsters can never account for one thing: human psychology.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon campaigns ahead of the  2019 British general election in Perth, Scotland, on Dec. 3, 2019.

Scotland’s Pro-Independence Leaders Fret for U.S. Democracy

For the Scottish National Party, Trump is an easy target—and a way to bash Brexiteers at home.

A member of the "Democrats Abroad" organization in Berlin

Allies Look to ‘Strategic Autonomy’ as Support for Trump Proves Resilient

The world, like the United States, is in limbo. But one thing is clear: 2016 was not an aberration.

An Iranian man watches U.S. President Donald Trump giving a speech on television in Tehran on Nov. 4.

Middle East Rivals Take Jabs at the State of U.S. Democracy

Regional media is covering the U.S. elections much like we covered theirs.

A newsstand in Beijing on Aug. 19.

China Media Told to Stay Low-Key on U.S. Election

Papers don’t want to give the impression Beijing is taking a side.

A customer leaves the MOCA Modern Cannabis dispensary in Chicago on on Jan. 22.

As Nation Holds Breath, the War on Drugs Is Quietly Abandoned

Decriminalization measures have won across the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2017.

The Last Throes of Trump’s Wounded Alpha-Male Ego

What Angela Merkel’s approach to a blustering incumbent can teach us about America’s political crisis today.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) speaks during news conference discussing the "Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act" on January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Democrats Projected to Win House, But Lose Some Key Foreign-Policy Races

There wasn’t any blue wave for House Democrats looking to pad their majority.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on September 24, 2020 in Washington.

Welcome to the Worst Election Outcome for the Global Economy

Divided government could mean four years of financial instability and stagnation.

Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.

Putin Never Would Have Given Trump’s Election Night Speech

The president is drawing from an authoritarian playbook—but it’s important to consider which kind.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden

Biden and Trump Fight Out Surprisingly Close Election

Despite polls suggesting he would beat the president, the Democratic candidate finds himself in a tight contest.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in Miami

Florida Called for Trump

The state was a must-win for the president, and he prevailed thanks in part to broad support from Cuban Americans and other Latino voters.

An anti-Trump demonstrator cheers in Mexico

Latin America Silently Hopes for Biden Win

Burned by 2016, leaders are cautious about vocally favoring Democrats.

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No Sign of Large-Scale Voter Disruption in U.S. Election

Officials and observers say widely anticipated interference has not materialized.

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Historic U.S. Turnout Still Lags Behind Major Democracies

Record voter turnout is expected in the United States. How does it stack up?

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The Chinese Public Is Convinced Trump Will Win

The U.S. president is seen as a failure—but that helps China.

China's President Xi Jinping

China Probably Doesn’t Care Who Wins

Beijing often places more importance on structural trends than presidential personalities.

A man carries a QAnon conspiracy theory sign

QAnon Followers Trust ‘the Plan,’ Not the Polls

Many adherents of the conspiracy theory believe Trump’s victory is preordained.

People watch a broadcast of the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

These Foreign-Policy Moments Defined 2020

U.S. foreign policy has been thrown for a loop over the course of the 2020 presidential campaign. Our reporters recount some of the highlights—or lowlights.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sept. 15.

Middle Eastern Leaders Are Getting While the Getting’s Good

Sensing Trump is on the way out, Israel, the UAE, and Turkey are trying to squeeze as much out of the United States as they can now.

A woman votes at a polling station in Montevideo during municipal and departmental elections in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 27.

Latin America Has Given Up on U.S. Democracy

Regional coverage has focused on the prospect of all-too-familiar chaos.

Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

The Known Knowns of Election Day 2020

What to expect from the next four years, regardless of who wins the vote.

Voters use socially distanced voting machines set up in the east atrium of the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 3.

Which Candidate Is a Bigger Risk to the Economy?

In the short term, progress on vaccines may matter more than any particular president. In the long term, though, it’s the government’s relationship with the economy that will be key.

A pedestrian walks past anti-Donald Trump street art in Paris on Oct. 31.

Biden Hasn’t Won Europe

Europeans don’t like Trump—but they’re also not sure what they think about the United States at all.

Supporters raise signs at Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders's campaign rally in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 8.

Foreign Actors Haven’t Interfered Like Last Time. But the Disinformation Fight Is Just Beginning.

The main goal of foreign adversaries is to sow distrust in U.S. democracy itself—and they have an ally in the White House.

A Palestinian demonstrator throws an old shoe at a poster of U.S. President Donald Trump near a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of the West Bank city of Hebron on Feb. 24, 2017.

What Israeli Politicians Really Think About the U.S. Election

Settler leaders are openly praying for Trump, but Netanyahu is more cagey.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 20, 2016.

The Markets Want Much More Than Just a Biden Win

The global economy is in bad shape—and Big Capital knows that only a blue wave can start fixing it.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally at H&K Equipment in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 18, 2018.

America’s Inequality Election

In 2016, Trump triumphed in places where inequality is lower but economies are more stagnant. But now inequality is rising everywhere.

U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Feb. 19 and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a ceremony in Jerusalem on Jan. 23.

Why the Kremlin May Be Rooting for Biden

Most Russians are afraid a President Biden would bring a chill in relations, but insiders hold a more nuanced view.

Saks Fifth Avenue boarded up its Manhattan storefront in anticipation of possible post-election violence in New York on Nov. 1.

The U.N. Guide to Avoiding America’s Election Mayhem

For the first time, the United Nations is warning staffers of how to deal with disturbances after a U.S. election.

Joe Biden looks at his phone while attending a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential compound on March 10, 2010 in Ramallah, West Bank.

Palestinians Are Hoping for Anyone but Trump

They don’t have great hopes for Biden—but they’re desperate for a change in Washington.

South Koreans in the Seoul Railway Station watch on screen as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries on June 30, 2019.

South Korea Has Got a Lot at Stake in Tuesday’s Vote

From talks with Kim Jong Un to the fate of the U.S. troop deployment there, Tuesday’s election could be critical to a key U.S. ally in Asia.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington on Aug. 24.

What Would Happen if the Whole World Were Voting Today?

Donald Trump Jr. thinks Trumpism is far more popular globally than it actually is.

People pass a poster depicting French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen with the face of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017.

Locked Down at Home, Much of France Is Quietly Rooting for Biden

Trump’s insults and ideological closeness to Marine Le Pen have left a bitter taste.

Israeli Likud party affiliates and supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attend a pre-election rally in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh on Nov. 2, ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

Has Trump Been Good for Israel?

Trump has showered Netanyahu with foreign-policy favors, but a Biden win could be a harsh wake-up call for Israelis.

A Democratic Party supporter reacts by giving the finger after Donald Trump's victory is announced on television in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 9, 2016.

Don’t Call the Race Too Early

An early declaration of the election result from a partisan network—on the left or right—could trigger violence in the United States.

People wave Bulgarian flags during an anti-government protest near the parliament building in Sofia on Oct. 16.

If Trump Wins, America Could Look a Lot Like Bulgaria

Corruption, oligarchs, and media concentration have weakened Bulgarian democracy.

Donald Trump and Joe Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 29, 2020.

Get Ready for a November Foreign-Policy Surprise

History suggests that post-election crisis is coming for Americans—both at home and abroad.

An employee watches a broadcast of the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the shuttered indoor bar area at The Abbey, which remains open with socially distanced outdoor seating, on October 22, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. Indoor bars remain shuttered to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles.

How to Track the U.S. Elections Like a Foreign-Policy Pro

Our reporters guide you on what to watch—and what to watch out for.

An Indian art schoolteacher paints an image of former Vice President Joe Biden next to U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art school in Mumbai on Oct. 29.

The View of the Vote From Asia

Whoever wins, the United States’ democratic model is already shattered.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a chart of military hardware sales to Saudi Arabia as he meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20, 2018.

Why the Middle East’s Strongmen Are Rooting for Trump

On substance and style, authoritarians see an ally in the White House—and hope to keep him there.

US Vice President Joe Biden and Lebanese Defence Minister Elias Murr stand with Lebanese military officers during a ceremony at the Rafiq Hariri international airport in Beirut on May 22, 2009.

If Biden Wins, Lebanon Is Afraid of Losing

The country’s entrenched elite could help a new U.S. administration achieve its regional goals—while sacrificing its citizens.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House

If Trump Wins, Washington’s Brain Trust Is Eyeing the Exit Door

At the State Department, Pentagon, and other agencies, some senior officials can’t take four more years.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House

If Trump Wins, Washington’s Brain Trust Is Eyeing the Exit Door

At the State Department, Pentagon, and other agencies, some senior officials can’t take four more years.

Brazilian supporters of then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro cheer on voters arriving to cast their ballots in the Brazilian presidential elections in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 28, 2018.

Some Brazilian Americans Favor Trump as Their Bolsonaro

The community leans toward the Democratic Party, but the ‘American Bolsonaro’ could make inroads.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro holds a Venezuelan flag while speaking from a balcony at Miraflores Presidential Palace to announce his breaking off diplomatic ties with the United States in Caracas on Jan. 23, 2019.

In Latin America, Democracy Itself Is at Stake

Trump had success focusing on the region’s authoritarians, but the next administration will need to get back to basics.

An Israeli billboard supporting U.S. President Donald Trump

Forget FiveThirtyEight—Here’s What Israeli Oracles Are Saying About Trump vs. Biden

Israelis are watching the U.S. presidential race almost as closely as Americans.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the NATO summit in Watford, England, on Dec. 4, 2019.

Fear Gives Way to Pity As Canadians Await U.S. Election Results

There is now a widespread belief that their big neighbor is headed for a sociopolitical meltdown no matter who wins.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Middle East leaders at the White House

The Middle East, Like Everyone Else, Has a Lot Riding on the U.S. Election

Whether Biden wins or Trump pulls off an upset could have big implications for Iran, Israel, and the rest of the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving visit at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 28, 2019.

Whatever Happens on Tuesday, Afghans Just Want an End to Their Own National Nightmare

Both Biden and Trump have pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. But the Taliban have a vote, too.

Israeli Knesset honor guards carry the coffin of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin before the funeral in Jerusalem on Nov. 6, 1995.

Watching the United States From Israel, I Remember How Words Became Bullets

The cloud of fear and foreboding that was hanging over Israel in 1995 is similar to the anxious political climate of America today.

A poster showing six wanted Russian military intelligence officers is displayed as FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich appears at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington on Oct. 19.

Misinformation Season Is Over

The American public is already confused. China, Iran, and Russia may now get more creative with their election meddling.

A supporter displays the Venezuelan flag at a Biden-Harris drive-in rally in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 27.

Will the Next Administration Take a New Track on Venezuela Policy?

Either Trump or Biden would face a stalled diplomatic situation when it comes to Venezuela.

Voters fill out their ballots at an early voting center

An Election Everyone Is Too Scared to Call

Only three elected incumbent presidents in the last century have lost reelection. Polls suggest Trump will be the fourth, but the memories of 2016 have made pollsters leery.

A voter casts his ballot at an early voting center in Washington, DC, on Oct. 27.

What International Election Observers Will Be Looking For on Tuesday

At least three groups will be closely monitoring the voting process for even more signs of trouble.

Voters fill out their ballots at an early voting center

An Election Everyone Is Too Scared to Call

Only three elected incumbent presidents in the last century have lost reelection. Polls suggest Trump will be the fourth, but the memories of 2016 have made pollsters leery.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden attend the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25.

If Biden Wins, Progressives Are Getting Their Wish List Ready

Internecine tensions within the Democratic Party have been tamped down to defeat Trump—but that truce could be over Wednesday.

A man walks by a sign opposing debt repayments to the IMF during the coronavirus lockdown in Buenos Aires on May 22.

How to Fix Argentina’s Recurrent Debt Crises

Why President Fernandez is hoping for Joe Biden to win the U.S. election.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands before a dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

What Will the U.S. Election Mean for Brazil’s Diplomacy?

China’s growing influence in Latin America and climate change will both continue to shape the future of the bilateral relationship.

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On Election Eve, Economists Struggle to Figure Out a World That’s Unraveled

Both Trump and Biden are winging it when it comes to economic theory—but so are economists, who have yet to get their theoretical house in order.

A voter departs with two children after casting her ballot during early voting in the 2020 presidential election on October 29, 2020 in Adel, Iowa.

An International Election Observer’s Advice for America: Trust the Process

Used to monitoring elections in fragile states overseas, the Carter Center is turning its attention for the first time to U.S. elections.

A supporter uses a mobile phone to take a picture during a rally for U.S. President Donald Trump on Oct. 23, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida.

In Fight for Florida’s Young Latinos, Social Media Becomes the Battleground

Young Cuban Americans have turned the internet into a political battlefield in this must-win swing state, but the Cuban American vote is even more pro-Trump now than in 2016.

Protesters try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are kept out by State Police at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 30.

Election Violence in the United States Is a Clear and Present Danger

Americans expect election-related instability in faraway countries. Here’s how it could happen at home.

Voters wait in line outside Philadelphia City Hall to cast early voting ballots on Oct. 27.

How Does it Feel for 2020 to Be Your Generation’s Defining Year?

Young Americans will be voting in huge numbers. They are also the most globally minded generation since the 1970s.

Members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan protest against the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan ahead of its 16th anniversary in Kabul on Oct. 6, 2017.

Afghans See No Good Choices in the U.S. Election

Regardless of who wins next week, Afghans feel neither Trump nor Biden will do anything for Afghanistan—they just hope the next president completes the U.S. withdrawal.

Dan Moss, of the National Potato Council, shortly before joining U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 23, 2019.

Trump’s Trade Wars Have Made Bad Agriculture Policies Worse

From suffering U.S. farmers to the pain inflicted on the developing world, everything about U.S. agriculture policy is dysfunctional. The next administration can do better.

Joe Biden waves as he arrives at New Castle County Airport for his trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sept. 3, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware.

70 Is the New 50 for World Leaders

It’s neither a coincidence, nor a problem, that both candidates for America’s highest office are so old.

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump rallies outside the "Latinos for Trump Roundtable" event at Trump National Doral Miami golf resort in Doral, Florida, on Sept. 25.

In Florida, Many Colombian Americans Fear Biden Is Soft on Socialism

By painting Biden as a far-left sympathizer, Trump is getting a late-election bounce with Florida’s normally Democratic-leaning Colombian community.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

Washington’s Foreign Diplomats Frozen Out by Team Biden

Biden’s foreign-policy gatekeepers tell diplomats to hold their calls—until they’re in charge.

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Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies

A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and moderator, NBC News anchor Kristen Welker, participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22.

Trump and Biden Are Both Touting Foreign-Policy Failures as Achievements

With the world on fire from Thailand to Nigeria, there wasn’t much talk of international affairs in the final debate of the 2020 campaign—and when there was, both candidates defended flawed approaches to North Korea.

A woman presents a Chinese-language sample ballot for the 2020 presidential election at a polling station near the Chinatown area of Houston, Texas, on Oct. 14.

How Chinese Americans Could Help Democrats Flip Texas

Many in the community worry that Trump’s anti-China rhetoric is fueling hate crimes.

Tibetan flags are displayed as protesters gather in front of the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles on March 10, 2019, to mark the 60th Global Tibetan National Uprising Commemorations.

Beijing’s Human Rights Victims Shouldn’t Support Trump

Tough on China or not, a second term would only spell more misery for Tibetans and other communities victimized by Beijing.

Early voters line up outside of the Vienna Community Building to cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 election, in Vienna, West Virginia, on Oct. 21, 2020.

There’s Still Time (Barely) for America to Have a Free and Fair Election

Some hard-won active advice for staging a national vote during a pandemic.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump, shown in a reflection, participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22.

Trump, Biden Fight to Bitter Draw in Final Debate

Faced with accusations that his family is corrupt, the Democratic challenger gives as good as he gets from Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Sept. 29.

Poll: How Biden and Trump Differ on Foreign Policy

A survey of academics underscores sharp divergences on key issues but expects bipartisan alignment next year on China, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.

U.S. President Donald Trump kisses German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.

What Would a Less Europhobic Trump Look Like—if He Wins?

Transatlantic relations are at a low point. But there are reasons why even Trump might want to mend them.

Attendees listen as Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi speaks at the “Howdy, Modi” event, which U.S. President Donald Trump attended, at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

Why Indian Americans Matter in U.S. Politics

America’s second-largest immigrant group mostly supports Democratic candidates, but support for Trump has grown since the 2016 election.

Tomas Martinez, with Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

Trump’s Assaults on Immigrants Drive Georgia’s Latino Voters

Once solid red, Georgia has become a battleground state in part due to its growing Latino population—and rampant anger at Trump’s immigration policies.

oe Biden walks to a meeting of bipartisan members of Congress to begin work on a legislative framework for comprehensive deficit reduction at Blair House, across the street from the White House in Washington on May 5, 2011.

The Realist Case for the Non-Realist Biden

Trump's foreign-policy instincts might be more sound—but he has forfeited the chance to lead.

A demonstrator holds up a placard reading “Fake News: Trump Tested Positive” in Konstanz, Germany, on Oct. 3, 2020.

The Case Against Big Tech’s Election Strategies

Misinformation is hyperlocal. Attempts to counter it should be, too.

Lebanese, Palestinian, and Iraqi Americans form a human chain during an Arab unity rally in front of Dearborn City Hall in Dearborn, Michigan, on June 6, 2007.

‘Tired of the Game’: Palestinian Americans Want Trump Out but Have Issues With Biden

In a crucial state like Michigan, Joe Biden will have to convince skeptical Palestinians that he won’t leave them in the lurch—again.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0

U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.

Blessing Agbo, a nurse, places a contraceptive implant for Habiba, a 30-year-old patient who didn’t give her last name, in Kaugama on Aug. 13. Habiba, who has six surviving children after 10 births, says she wants to take a break from bearing children. Shola Lawal for Foreign Policy and The Fuller Project

Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

Across much of the world—including one remote Nigerian village—the availability of family planning will largely depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

U.S. President Donald Trump on the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 5 in Washington, DC.

Investors Are Already Treating America Like an Emerging Market

Election chaos, social unrest, and weak institutions make the United States too risky for a developed economy.

Russian matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on sale at in Moscow on July 13, 2018.

America Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It

Even if 2020 marks a low point of U.S. democratic practice, supporting liberalism abroad must remain a vital element of U.S. foreign policy.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing  on Oct. 12 in Washington.

Democrats Can’t Reverse the Damage of the Trump Era Overnight

Republican activists have spent decades building a movement, winning state and local elections, and grooming a generation of conservative judges. If the left wants to win and keep power, it must learn from the right’s successes.

Paramilitary police march near the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China.

Our Top Weekend Reads

A history lesson on pandemics and their aftereffects, Putin becomes Pashinyan’s playmaker, and Selina Meyer humbles Donald Trump.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participate in the vice presidential debate moderated by Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today Susan Page at the University of Utah on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Is a Vice President Who Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy a National Security Risk?

Pence and Harris talked about international politics at the debate, but their performances will leave voters asking if they would be ready to act as commander in chief.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

This November, America’s Safety Is on the Ballot

Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 5.

Trump, COVID-19, and the Future of International Order

In a new survey, international relations experts are pessimistic about the years to come.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence applaud after their debate at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Harris, Pence Battle Over Foreign Policy

Vice presidential candidates return to America’s role in the world in a restrained debate.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris waves as she arrives at a voter mobilization drive-in event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Las Vegas on Oct. 2.

Can Harris Push Biden Across the Finish Line?

Her faceoff against Pence could be the first vice presidential debate to actually matter.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden face off in a debate.

What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?

Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on the South Lawn of the White House after a trip to Baltimore, Maryland on May 25.

Trump Has COVID-19. How Will It Affect the Campaign?

Donald and Melania Trump have both tested positive for the coronavirus, adding a jolt to the final month of the U.S. election campaign.

The German container ship Bremen Express prepares to dock in Miami on June 10, 2019.

No, Biden Will Not End Trade Wars

Biden has matched Trump’s rhetoric on trade soundbite for soundbite, and his economic plans are likely to make trade conflicts worse.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Brazil.

Pompeo’s Preelection Politicking Is Wearing Thin, Even With Allies

From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Is Trump Downplaying the Proud Boys Threat?

The president’s call for the white supremacist group to “stand back and stand by” comes as intelligence agencies have growing concerns about right-wing militias.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

In First Debate, Biden and Trump Get Personal

But the former vice president stands his ground, largely unrattled by Trump’s constant attacks.

Colombian President Iván Duque shakes hand with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the III Hemispheric Ministerial Conference of Fight Against Terrorism in Bogota, on Jan. 20, 2020.

Washington’s ‘Blind Eye’ Toward Human Rights Abuses in Latin America

Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America’s championing of human rights in the region?

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Inauguration of Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.

How the United States Learned to Love Human Rights

The United States’ human rights story started less than 50 years ago with the extraordinary efforts of one president—and could end this November with the re-election of another.

Joe Biden takes his sunglasses off as he arrives for a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 7, 2012.

Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now

The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.

The flag-draped casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC on Sept. 24.

Can the United States’ Democratic Institutions Survive the 2020 Election Campaign?

Trampled institutional norms, a battle over the Supreme Court, and the possibility of Democratic retaliation could threaten the bedrock of American democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics

Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

A Somali American protester kneels during a call for justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by police, in Minneapolis on June 1.

‘This Is Personal’: Minnesota’s Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term

A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg’s Death Could Change the 2020 Presidential Race

Trump will try to replace her quickly, saying the future of the Supreme Court is at stake.

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The Biden-FDR Connection Runs Deeper Than You Think

One was a patrician governor; the other a middle-class Joe steeped in the Senate. But their fates may be intertwined.

Aircraft mechanics repair a harrier jet on deck the USS Bonhomme Richard after the formal opening of the annual  Philippine-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercises program  on Oct. 8, 2012.

How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China?

From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.