Why the fate of the American republic—and the world—could depend on what happens Nov. 3.
Daily takes by leading global thinkers on the most important foreign-policy issues not being talked about during the campaign.
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.
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.
The Cato Institute’s Emma Ashford and the Atlantic Council’s Matthew Kroenig debate foreign policy and the 2020 election.
Used to monitoring elections in fragile states overseas, the Carter Center is turning its attention for the first time to U.S. elections.
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.
Americans expect election-related instability in faraway countries. Here’s how it could happen at home.
Young Americans will be voting in huge numbers. They are also the most globally minded generation since the 1970s.
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.
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.
It’s neither a coincidence, nor a problem, that both candidates for America’s highest office are so old.
By painting Biden as a far-left sympathizer, Trump is getting a late-election bounce with Florida’s normally Democratic-leaning Colombian community.
Biden’s foreign-policy gatekeepers tell diplomats to hold their calls—until they’re in charge.
A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.
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.
Many in the community worry that Trump’s anti-China rhetoric is fueling hate crimes.
Tough on China or not, a second term would only spell more misery for Tibetans and other communities victimized by Beijing.
Some hard-won active advice for staging a national vote during a pandemic.
Faced with accusations that his family is corrupt, the Democratic challenger gives as good as he gets from Trump.
A survey of academics underscores sharp divergences on key issues but expects bipartisan alignment next year on China, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.
Transatlantic relations are at a low point. But there are reasons why even Trump might want to mend them.
America’s second-largest immigrant group mostly supports Democratic candidates, but support for Trump has grown since the 2016 election.
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.
Trump's foreign-policy instincts might be more sound—but he has forfeited the chance to lead.
Misinformation is hyperlocal. Attempts to counter it should be, too.
In a crucial state like Michigan, Joe Biden will have to convince skeptical Palestinians that he won’t leave them in the lurch—again.
U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.
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.
Election chaos, social unrest, and weak institutions make the United States too risky for a developed economy.
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.
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.
A history lesson on pandemics and their aftereffects, Putin becomes Pashinyan’s playmaker, and Selina Meyer humbles Donald Trump.
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.
Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.
In a new survey, international relations experts are pessimistic about the years to come.
Vice presidential candidates return to America’s role in the world in a restrained debate.
And that might be a good thing for the environment.
Her faceoff against Pence could be the first vice presidential debate to actually matter.
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.
Donald and Melania Trump have both tested positive for the coronavirus, adding a jolt to the final month of the U.S. election campaign.
Biden has matched Trump’s rhetoric on trade soundbite for soundbite, and his economic plans are likely to make trade conflicts worse.
From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.
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.
But the former vice president stands his ground, largely unrattled by Trump’s constant attacks.
Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America’s championing of human rights in the region?
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.
The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.
Trampled institutional norms, a battle over the Supreme Court, and the possibility of Democratic retaliation could threaten the bedrock of American democracy.
Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.
A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”
Trump will try to replace her quickly, saying the future of the Supreme Court is at stake.
One was a patrician governor; the other a middle-class Joe steeped in the Senate. But their fates may be intertwined.
From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.
U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.
The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.
Trump is losing support among the troops. That’s just one reason why the military risks getting sucked into the campaign.
The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.
Egged on by his father, the U.S. president began expressing contempt for Americans who fight in wars as far back as high school, his classmates say.
The Democratic nominee is getting ready to confront Beijing—but he doesn’t want another Cold War.
The Trump administration’s decision to scale back briefings on election security needs to be reversed. Here’s how to do it.
Trump’s friends have opted for their usual grievance politics.
Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.
A new upsurge of racial unrest during the RNC could define Trump’s 2020 campaign.
Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.
In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.
The United States has a law for disputed elections—but it’s not ready for this year's presidential vote.
Trump, in a rambling speech, says if he loses the election was rigged.
Many former Republican national security officials just endorsed Biden. They will be hobbled in the fight for the party’s post-Trump future.
The 2020 Democratic nominee manages to unify his party. But for how long?
The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.
A Trump empowered with a second term would be a threat to the United States, especially in Asia.
In speaking for all Americans—instead of just a section of them—Biden's team has rejected the conventional narrative about how to beat Trump in November.
As U.S. enters final campaign stretch, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in intensive care after a suspected poisoning and Mali’s coup leaders vow to hold elections.
They keep touting him as a man of “character” and “empathy.” But that may not be enough to define him for the electorate.
As protests rock another post-Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood.
It’s a historic achievement that eluded other presidents. Trump will try to make the most of it.
Democrats weigh in on a Biden-Harris ticket.
The Democratic candidate’s choice of vice president says more than you might think about his foreign policy—and his own self-image.
The first-term senator has little foreign-policy experience, but her background as a prosecutor may earn her an outsized domestic portfolio.
The presumptive Democratic nominee was one of the most impactful vice presidents ever.
Picking Kamala Harris as his running mate underscores that Joe Biden is not looking for extra heft on foreign policy—but he’s reaching out with several firsts.
The California senator is the first Black and South Asian American woman to back up a major U.S. presidential ticket.
Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank seems off the agenda for now, but Trump might push Netanyahu to proceed anyway.
The presidential historian Timothy Naftali notes there’s no historical precedent for delaying an election, even in the middle of major wars, but Trump’s Republican Party is all about holding on to power.
If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.
His last remaining objective is obtaining foreign help for his reelection.
The clash between Washington and Beijing could be the start of a new ideological confrontation—or the inevitable fallout from a power transition.
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden align closely on foreign-policy views, but Susan Rice has by far the most direct experience in U.S. foreign-policy making.
If Biden picks Obama’s national security advisor as his running mate, Benghazi would hardly be her biggest vulnerability.
Fascism can happen in America. Some of it has already happened, and more will happen as Trump fights to stay in power.
Joe Biden is part of an insular Washington culture that produced the Iraq War—and the pathologies of the Trump administration.
History’s autocrats have been the architects of their own demise. Even if he seizes power, so will Trump.
Four years of neglect, unilateralism, and failed diplomacy have left America’s alliances in tatters. It’s time to rebuild them.
The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.
The controversial former national security advisor left his mark in Washington—especially on nuclear arms deals and Iran.
Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.
Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics and elections.
More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.
The incident that led to the president’s impeachment was only part of a larger pattern, former national security advisor writes.
Trump’s reaction to Black Lives Matter protests caused a civil-military crisis at home. Will it harm U.S. soft power abroad?
We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.
Though he’s eager to accommodate Bernie Sanders’s base on domestic issues, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still seen as a man of the past by progressives.
By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.
His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.
What does a botched coup in Venezuela mean for Trump, and is Putin’s coronavirus response a failure?
Whether it’s about trade or the coronavirus, it’s possible to be tough on China without being racist or reckless.
U.S. considers restoring tariffs as Trump makes reprisals against Beijing the center of his 2020 reelection bid.
The upcoming Polish election is shaping up to be a farce. Washington should learn from Warsaw’s mistakes before November.
The end of Kim Jong Un’s rule could have major consequences for U.S. foreign policy—and pandemics don’t necessarily promote peace.
A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.
The coronavirus pandemic is threatening international institutions, the European Union, and military readiness while shattering economic policy orthodoxies.
The former vice president’s team is already in touch with the Sanders camp about a unified platform, operatives say.
The November election isn’t just the most important political event of 2020 in the United States. It’s the most important political event in the world.
Our contributors weigh in on Bernie Sanders’s departure from the U.S. presidential race—and what it means for an election campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus.
Bernie Sanders left the stage just as much of the U.S. government—and the world—was turning to his socialist ideas in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Russia and China are stepping in while the United States and Europe fumble.
A major outbreak and looming recession in the United States has transformed the 2020 campaign—and could have major consequences for the future of great power politics.
The shape of the 2020 race is now clear: a trusted establishment Democrat versus an incumbent rallying Americans against an “invisible enemy.” Can Trump pull it off?
Our experts weigh in on the first head-to-head debate between the two main remaining Democratic contenders.
The Democratic front-runner’s ideology has less to do with Obama or the Clintons than a distinct style of European conservatism.
His bumbling coronavirus response could well sink the economy—and his re-election chances.
Joe Biden is calculating that after four years of Trump—and one global coronavirus pandemic—Americans have finally had their fill of populism.
From party conventions to in-person voting, the coronavirus pandemic has made traditional election activities into deadly gambles.
Trump’s reelection prospects are looking dimmer—for the moment.
Either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will face Donald Trump in November. Here's how their views of U.S. power could reshape the world.
With his smashing Super Tuesday victories and Bloomberg's endorsement, the former vice president has suddenly become the chief 2020 challenger to Trump.
Markets might get jittery as bids by Biden, Sanders, and Warren to restrict fossil fuels move a bit closer to reality.
The results of Super Tuesday will help decide whether more Americans embrace runaway populism or a lost status quo.
The Democrats’ presidential primary has exposed the pathological moral obsessions of U.S. foreign policy.
Bernie Sanders wants to reinvent progressive foreign policy. Here’s the man he hopes will make that happen.
Republican foreign-policy experts weigh in on the Democrats’ Charleston debate.
Republican foreign-policy experts weigh in on the most eventful debate of the 2020 primary.
Former Pentagon official and campaign veteran Doug Wilson is helping the U.S. presidential candidate stand out from the pack on foreign policy.
The rising Democratic challenger’s business ties to America’s biggest rivals and his sympathetic comments about Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin raise questions about how tough he’d be with them as president.
The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.
Despite promising to restore U.S. leadership, the former vice president is fast fading from the 2020 race as his “most electable” pitch falls flat.
The U.S. president offers a glimpse of what four more years would look like after “total acquittal” by the Senate, exacting vengeance on those he sees as his political enemies.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ready to move past the Obama administration—except when it comes to military intervention.
The world is not doing nearly enough to fight climate change, but politicians are finally starting to pay attention.
Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.
The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.
Impeachment drama on full display in Washington, fallout of the U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements, and the legacy of Bolivian President Evo Morales.
The evidence that Trump abused his office in Ukraine is overwhelming. But a flailing Democratic Party shows he is lucky in his adversaries.
Adding 8,000 foreign service officers won’t solve America’s diplomatic problems. State needs to prioritize data science, expand strategic planning, and encourage mid-career training, too.
Data shows that members of the State Department and the military are investing in candidates who are not currently topping national polls.
With eight bankruptcies in the last year—the latest this week—coal is in deep trouble again, and that could spell trouble for Trump in 2020.
There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.
Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.
Violent clashes in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary, and obstacles to solving Canada’s opioid crisis.
Tweets aren’t enough. Washington must make clear that it expects Beijing to live up to its commitments—and it will respond when China does not.
A new administration could re-enter the accord within 60 days.
If Democrats win in 2020, they should work with America’s regional allies to strike a new nuclear agreement while showing zero tolerance for Tehran’s regional destabilization campaign.
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.
Candidates have faced fewer global questions since the elections of 2004 and 2008, but China and trade have remained consistently popular topics.
The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.
We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.
International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.
The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he’s worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.
The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.
No one can touch him on foreign-policy experience, especially Trump. But his long voting record will also be a vulnerability, starting with Iraq.
Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign-policy philosophy that’s proven to work.
It’s time to stop grading the Democratic front-runner’s foreign policy on a curve.
The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.
From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.