Biden’s Missed Opportunity in Cuba
The U.S. president’s hard-line rhetoric belies the island’s humanitarian crisis and cedes an opportunity to shape what comes next.
Could a Monarch Heal Libya?
The country needs a unifying figure. Ahead of elections this year, it’s worth considering a constitutional monarchy.
Did Ortega Just Kill Nicaragua’s Democracy?
His arrests of opposition candidates could seal the country’s political fate, but not if Biden fights back now.
The Data Show Democracy Is Thriving
Don’t believe the talk of democratic decline. The world’s belief in self-government is stronger than ever.
Chile’s Constitution Is Too New for Its Own Good
The path is clear for a social democratic revision of its political system—and for a severe backlash.
Georgian Democracy Stumbles Onward After Parliament Deal
A six-month stalemate over vote-rigging accusations has been partially, but messily, resolved.
India’s “Electoral Autocracy” Hits Back
Angry about India’s Freedom House and V-Dem ratings, Modi is creating his own democracy rankings.
All Politics Is Personalized
Around the world, political leaders have amassed power by weakening their parties, and democracy may never recover.
How Did India Manage to Build an Advanced Fighter Jet Like the Tejas?
When it comes to sensitive industries like defense, democracy and the rule of law do matter.
Arrest of Georgia’s Opposition Leader Prompts Call for Sanctions
A police raid on the opposition headquarters is a watershed moment for the region’s only democracy.
Biden Wants to Compete With China. Here’s How.
Washington’s battle with Beijing is not one of investment or innovation but one of values.
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Washington Is Under Siege. American Democracy Isn’t.
The enhanced security measures in the U.S. capital have triggered a debate over openness, security, and democracy. But the country’s democracy isn’t dead yet.
America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?
Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.
Autocrats Have a Playbook—Now Democrats Need One Too
With democracy still in retreat, it is time to get smart about fighting back.
America Is Back. Europe, Are You There?
Europeans say they want cooperation with Washington. Their latest actions speak a different language.
Why Partisan Hostility Won’t End With Trump
The U.S. political system is designed for demonization and gridlock. Countries with proportional representation and parliamentary systems promote coalitions and cooperation among rivals.
Can Biden Get Tough With America’s Friends?
India’s declining democracy poses an early test for the new U.S. administration.
Biden Puts a Kinder, Gentler Spin on ‘America First’
To lead abroad, Joe Biden argued in his first foreign-policy speech as president, America must heal itself.