The American Empire Is the Sick Man of the 21st Century
Failure at the center has left the United States up for sale to the highest bidder.
Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?
A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.
America’s Corruption Is a National Security Threat
Donald Trump is one symptom of a wider problem that’s making the United States weaker on the international stage.
Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring
Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government won’t achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.
Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Vote
Buhari promised an end to graft and corruption. Now he’ll have to deliver.
Labeling Elections ‘Good Enough’ Lets African Leaders Get Away With Fraud
Setting the bar too low for African democracies, as the international community did in Madagascar, encourages electoral manipulation and bad governance.
Will Iraq’s Old Divisions Undermine Its New Prime Minister?
In his first hundred days on the job, Adel Abdul Mahdi has hit entrenched political roadblocks to choosing cabinet ministers and changing a system of political patronage.
Corrupt Guatemalans’ GOP Lifeline
U.S. Republicans are weakening a U.N. anti-corruption investigation into President Jimmy Morales. What are they getting in exchange?
Guatemala’s ‘Slow-Motion Coup’ Rolls Onward
The continuing crackdown on a corruption investigatory body could allow impunity to flourish ahead of this year’s elections.
Bangladesh Is Booming. Don’t Believe the Negative Hype.
Sumit Ganguly's recent FP article branded Bangladesh's election a debacle. Dhaka's ambassador to the United States begs to differ.
Why the Indictment of the Lawyer at the Trump Tower Meeting Matters
Veselnitskaya is charged with obstructing justice—hand in glove with the Russian government.
Honduran Activist’s Murder Trial Addresses Symptoms, Not Causes, of Violence
Seven men were convicted in the 2016 killing of environmental activist Berta Cáceres, but real accountability—and remedies for the corruption and insecurity plaguing Honduras—lag far behind.
Make Georgia Great Again
Georgia’s presidential election is a referendum on a government that has reversed its predecessor’s gains.
It’s Not Just the Right That’s Voting for Bolsonaro. It’s Everyone.
Brazil’s populist firebrand is relying on conservative values, fear of crime, anger about corruption, and rampant fake news to gain support from across the political spectrum.
Cameroon’s Paul Biya Gives a Master Class in Fake Democracy
One of the world’s most experienced autocrats has clinched another seven-year term by bending the rules of the game in his direction in ways both old and new.
Armenia’s Post-Revolution Party Is Over
The country’s new government wants to root out corruption—but the ancien régime isn't giving up without a fight.
When Killing the Messenger Becomes the Norm
More journalists are assassinated than die in war zones.
‘Where There Has Been Wrongdoing There Will Be Accountability’
South Africa’s president tells Foreign Policy about his plans to tackle corruption, redistribute land, and restore the country’s moral leadership.
It’s Been 25 Years Since Anyone in Italy Trusted the Government
Italian populism is still fueled by corruption scandals that are over two decades old.
Somalia Is a Country Without an Army
The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.