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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.

Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova (C) waits for the first exit polls at her election headquarters during the first round of the presidential elections in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 16, 2019.

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.

President Donald Trump leaves the East Room of the White House after a summit as senior adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump, and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner look on May 18, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

A woman sits in front of a riot police cordon after a standoff during a demonstration against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic outside the presidential building in Belgrade, on March 17, 2019.

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.

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress rally as they celebrate the re-election of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano on Feb. 27. (Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Vote

Buhari promised an end to graft and corruption. Now he’ll have to deliver.

President Andry Rajoelina reviews the troops during his inauguration ceremony  Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Jan. 19.

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.

Prime Minister-elect Adel Abdul Mahdi addresses the Iraqi parliament during a vote on the new government in Baghdad on Oct. 24, 2018. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at a press conference with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in Guatemala City on Feb. 28, 2018. (Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty Images)

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?

Demonstrators hold up a giant doggie biscuit reading “corruption” during a rally in support of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala City on Jan. 12. (Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Supporters of the Bangladesh Awami League attend a grand rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan. 19, to celebrate its landslide victory in the country’s 11th parliamentary election, held on Dec. 30, 2018. (Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

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.

A guard stands outside Trump Tower on Aug. 24, 2018, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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.

Posters depicting slain Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres are carried during an International Women's day demonstration in Tegucigalpa on March 8, 2016. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili poses in front of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Feb. 14. (Rob Engelaar/AFP/Getty Images)

Make Georgia Great Again

Georgia’s presidential election is a referendum on a government that has reversed its predecessor’s gains.

A supporter of Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro takes part in a rally in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 21. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol in Omar Bongo Square in Buea, Cameroon’s majority-Anglophone southwestern province’s capital, during a political rally for incumbent President Paul Biya on Oct. 3. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Supporters of opposition leader and newly elected Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan celebrate in the streets of Yerevan on May 8. (Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Bulgarians light candles during a vigil in memory of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova in the city of Ruse on Oct. 8. (Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff /AFP/Getty Images)

When Killing the Messenger Becomes the Norm

More journalists are assassinated than die in war zones.

South African President  Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 25.

‘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.

Italys Interior Minister and deputy PM Matteo Salvini (R) and Italys Labor and Industry Minister and deputy PM Luigi Di Maio gesture during the swearing in ceremony of the new government led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Quirinale Palace in Rome on June 1, 2018. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Somali soldiers patrol Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 13. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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