A Year After Protests Began, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum Goes Ahead
On Sunday, after months of protests, voters can choose to keep or begin a process of replacing the current constitution.
In Chile, One Word Defines the Political Revolution
The Chilean term “facho” evokes the image of Chile’s fascist past—but also of present-day tenacity that thumbs its nose at institutional power.
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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 around the world describes the undeniable parallels.
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.
How Chinese Americans Could Help Democrats Flip Texas
Many in the community worry that Trump’s anti-China rhetoric is fueling hate crimes.
Campaign Debates Are Democracy Theater
A once-meaningful event has been hollowed out. Here’s how to fix it.
How a Biden Presidency Could Hurt Netanyahu—and Help Him
Sudan’s decision to forge ties with Israel is one more gift from the Trump administration.
Nigeria’s Years of Protest
The country has been heading for a reckoning for a while—here’s why anger is boiling over now.
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.
U.S. Plan to Save Semiconductors Misses the Mark, Defense Firms Say
Companies that make microelectronics for the Pentagon argue that the current bill could maintain U.S. defense dependency on China rather than fix it.
The Taliban’s Highway Robbery
After the peace deal with the United States, the militant group has doubled down on collecting “taxes” from Afghanistan’s coal miners.
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.
Is India Overturning Decades of Nuclear Doctrine?
The country has good reason to want first-strike capabilities. But the actual state of its arsenal suggests that it won’t get them.
The Era of Full-Spectrum War Is Here
China won round one, and round two went to Russia. Can the United States and its allies take the third?
Trump, Not Biden, Wrecked American Power in the Pacific
The damage done to U.S. standing in Asia will take decades to repair.
Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali
The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.
The Game That Ruins Friendships and Shapes Careers
For me, Diplomacy is an addictive quarantine hobby. For my high school frenemy, it was training for the Trump administration.
Asian Nationalists Hold the Key to a More Effective U.S. China Strategy
Missing in the current U.S. debate on China is the question of Asian nationalism and how the United States could profitably align with it.