Elaine Chao Learned From the Best
The transportation secretary is part of a long line of individuals who’ve bridged China and the United States—and done well for themselves in the process.
The Man Who Stole South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged a new dawn as president, but the secretary-general of his own party has built a web of corruption that thrives on darkness.
A Clean President Can’t Govern From Atop a Tainted Party
Voting for the ANC in the hope that its leader can clean house is a leap of faith. Those who looted South Africa’s government won’t give up so easily.
Israel’s Arab Parties Aren’t All the Same
Benjamin Netanyahu wants to portray all Israeli Arab politicians as an existential threat. If his opponents are wise, they’ll distinguish among them and pave the way for a winning coalition.
Netanyahu Might Be the Best Hope for Israel’s Center-Left
For Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, joining a Likud-led government could be a more appealing option than the alternative.
All the Legal Trouble in Trumpworld
Robert Mueller has finished his investigation, but that may be the least of the U.S. president’s worries.
Justin Trudeau Lived by Social Media. Now He’s Dying by It.
The self-immolation of the Canadian government is rooted in the way it came to power.
The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg
Financial institutions and the governments that regulate them aren’t doing nearly enough to prevent money laundering.
Malaysia’s $6.5 Billion Scandal Almost Sank Its Democracy
The cover-up of the 1MDB affair was taking the country toward autocracy — until the people won the day.
Everyday Anger Brought Down Malaysia’s Government
Corruption and incompetence pushed Malaysians to end decades of one-party rule.
Malaysia’s Elites Ride The People’s Tsunami
Amid a democratic triumph, the new boss is still literally the old boss.
Lula Lost, But Brazil’s Democracy Has Won
By going to jail, the former president signaled his respect for the rule of law.
The Teflon Don
Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.
The Earthquake to Come in Mexico
With a wave of corruption scandals sweeping out Latin American governments, is Mexico's next to fall?
Donald Trump Has Been Torture for Foreign Correspondents in Russia
The Russia stories everyone wants aren’t the ones people in Russia can provide.
Icelandic Government Collapses Amid Pedophilia Scandal
The Icelandic prime minister’s links to a convicted rapist have once again put the democracy’s accountability to the test.
Netanyahu’s Inner Circle Is Fleeing Like Rats on the Titanic
Faced with mounting scandal, the Israeli prime minister is lashing out at "fake news" and alleging a witch hunt. But can the Trump defense save him?
South African President Survives Sixth No-Confidence Vote
The opposition comes as close as it ever has to removing Jacob Zuma from office.
South Korean Spy Agency Admits to Meddling in 2012 Election
The presidency may never have been meant for Park Geun-hye after all.
The Seven Circles of Donald Trump’s Russia Inferno
We now know that the president wasn’t ignorant of his campaign’s contacts with Moscow’s intelligence agents. But, on a scale, how complicit was he?