Democracy

An Indonesian election commission worker arranges ballot boxes in preparation for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Surabaya on March 18. (Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s at Stake in Indonesia’s Elections?

The world’s third-largest democracy goes to the polls.

A youth sleeps beside a campaign banner as people gather for an election campaign rally for Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno outside the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta on April 7, 2019. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesians Fight for Their Right to Not Vote

It's an act of protest—but the government calls it terrorism.

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on April 12. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

The World This Weekend

FP’s latest on the turmoil in Sudan, Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election, and Julian Assange’s arrest.

A mountie salutes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outside Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario, on Aug. 29, 2017.  (Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Canada’s Cultish Politics Turn Problems Into Crises

Trudeau’s bumbling autocracy is just the latest example of lockstep partisanship.

Indian women supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally ahead of the national elections in Hyderabad on April 9, 2019. (Noah Selam/AFP/Getty Images)

Millions of Voters Are Missing in India

Muslims, Dalits, women disproportionately cut from electoral rolls.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 2. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Needs Solidarity for Its 70th Birthday

Trump should dial back the admonishment and offer allies the chance to unite over common purpose.

Supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko at a pre-election rally in Kiev on March 29. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Election Will Test the Strength of Its Democracy

The outcome of the vote is not nearly as important as the quality of the electoral process.

Photographers outside the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on March 22, after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Mueller Report Is a Test for the United States

As the world looks on, it’s up to Washington to demonstrate the strength of its institutions.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds a press conference in Addis Ababa on Aug. 25, 2018. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Abiy Ahmed Should Be a Natural Friend for the United States

Seeking the right partners is just as important as avoiding the wrong ones.

A staff member of Huawei uses her mobile phone at the Huawei Digital Transformation Showcase in Shenzhen, in China's Guangdong province, on March 6. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

For Africa, Chinese-Built Internet Is Better Than No Internet at All

The need for web access has driven African countries to Huawei despite U.S. concerns.

Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, at the U.S. Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail

A new poll of Muslims who ran for office in the 2018 midterms shows how central bigotry has become to America's political life.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.  (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU’s Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster

If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.

Ballot papers for Turkey’s presidential election are seen at a polling station in Istanbul on Aug. 10, 2014. (Ahmet Bolat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Evolution of the Strongman

Why authoritarians have grown more liberal as democracies have grown more authoritarian.

الجزائريين يحتجون على ترشح بوتفليقة في الجزائر اليوم الجمعة ١ مارس.

الربيع العربي لم ينته بعد

روح الربيع العربي لا تزال مستمرة كما أظهرت الاحتجاجات الكبيرة في الجزائر والسودان.

Algerians chant slogans and wave national flags during a rally against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in the capital Algiers on March 1. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

The Arab Spring Is Not Over Yet

Major protests in Algeria and Sudan show that the spirit of 2011 lives on.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie picture with a woman during a concert in memory of the late French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour at Yerevan's Republic Square on Oct. 11, 2018. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Newly-allied Israeli centrist politicians Benny Gantz (L) and Yair Lapid (R), as they deliver a joint statement in Tel Aviv on Feb. 21.

Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid Must Not Repeat Tzipi Livni’s Mistake

The former foreign minister could have saved Israel from a decade of Benjamin Netanyahu’s disastrous rule, but in 2008 she refused to lead a coalition supported by Israeli Arab parties and threw away her chance to lead the country.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waves during the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal expansion in Suez on Aug. 6, 2015. (David Degner/Getty Images)

Worse Than Mubarak

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is bringing a new form of totalitarianism to Egypt.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gather in Caracas Feb. 12. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

There Is Still a Way Out of Venezuela’s Stalemate

Both sides should heed the lessons of negotiated transitions in Chile and South Africa to forge a peaceful path to democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Rose Garden event at the White House on Feb. 15 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

India Has a Lesson for Trump: National Emergencies Are a Disaster for Democracy

Indira Gandhi's Emergency damaged Indians' rights — and gave the opposition a cause to unify against.

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