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Gustavo Petro, Colombian presidential candidate for the Historic Pact coalition, gestures at the presidential candidate for the Team for Colombia coalition, Federico Gutiérrez, during a presidential debate at the headquarters of El Tiempo in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 23.
Gustavo Petro, Colombian presidential candidate for the Historic Pact coalition, gestures at the presidential candidate for the Team for Colombia coalition, Federico Gutiérrez, during a presidential debate at the headquarters of El Tiempo in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 23.

Is Colombia Ready for a Leftist President?

Election front-runner Gustavo Petro is a former Marxist guerrilla.

(From right to left) Daniel Günther, minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein; Friedrich Merz, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Hendrik Wüst, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, stand together in Berlin on May 9.
(From right to left) Daniel Günther, minister-president of Schleswig-Holstein; Friedrich Merz, federal chairman of the Christian Democratic Union; and Hendrik Wüst, minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia, stand together in Berlin on May 9.

Germany’s Christian Democrats Are on a Comeback Mission

The future of governance in the country looks very much like a conservative-green alliance.

People hold up signs and protest.
People hold up signs and protest.

How Chile’s Constitutional Overhaul Emboldened the Right

Even if the new constitution is adopted, Chile’s anti-democratic right wing is here to stay.

Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.
Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.

Rethinking Maximum Pressure

Washington loosens its sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela ahead of a critical summit.

A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.

Lula’s Tricky Comeback

The Brazilian leftist has crafted an unusual alliance with the center. Will it sully or save him?

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on May 10.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on May 10.

Why Biden’s Anti-Putin Democracy Crusade Is Failing

Washington’s framing of its fight against Russian aggression has failed to win over most of the world.

The full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on May 18, 2019.
The full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on May 18, 2019.

Liberalism Isn’t Dead—but It’s Very Sick

In two new books, Yascha Mounk and Francis Fukuyama try to cure the patient.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the first North American Leaders’ Summit since 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the first North American Leaders’ Summit since 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021.

Biden Is Setting Himself Up for Embarrassment in Los Angeles

The upcoming Summit of the Americas could be the gravestone on U.S. influence in the region.

A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.
A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.

How the U.N. and the West Failed Sudan

Self-delusion and negligence stopped governments and aid agencies from facilitating a genuine and lasting transition to democracy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.

The Battle for Democracy Can Be Won in Warsaw

The West has a unique opportunity to pressure the Polish government to restore the rule of law.

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How Beijing Sees Biden

For decades, Chinese leaders thought they knew the man who would become America’s 46th president. But he was changing all along.

Nathan Law speaks at a pro-democracy rally.
Nathan Law speaks at a pro-democracy rally.

China’s Threats Target Regime Opponents Worldwide

Legal tools and anonymous threats are used against dissidents.

Palestinians lift placards as they protest the meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee in Ramallah, West Bank, on Feb. 6.
Palestinians lift placards as they protest the meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee in Ramallah, West Bank, on Feb. 6.

Abbas Is Destroying Democracy to Ensure His Successor Supports Israel

The status quo of military occupation is working well for those at the top of the PLO.

Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.
Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.

Colombia’s Left Finds Its Footing

A leftist has never ruled Colombia. But after last week’s primaries, the country’s upcoming presidential election is Gustavo Petro’s to lose.

Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.
Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Jan. 6

The Trump-dominated GOP models how a violent effort to overturn an election—even if unsuccessful—can become a political asset.

People walk near Parliament Hill past the remains of a truck blockade in Ottawa, Ontario.
People walk near Parliament Hill past the remains of a truck blockade in Ottawa, Ontario.

Canada Is Wondering What Exactly Emergencies Are

After protests are forcibly ended, questions remain about government power.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.

Anti-Colonialism Doesn’t Mean Ignoring Human Rights Abuses

Oppression should be condemned, regardless of who is behind it.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference following talks on bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties to Europe at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Aug. 31, 2019.
Polish President Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference following talks on bilateral relations and Ukraine’s ties to Europe at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Aug. 31, 2019.

How Poland Turned Ukraine to the West

For Kyiv, Warsaw is a model of what a country can become when it escapes the Russian umbrella.

Libyans protest for elections with signs.
Libyans protest for elections with signs.

What Went Wrong With Libya’s Failed Elections

This was the predictable outcome of a deeply flawed process.

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