Election 2020

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden in 1987

Biden Picks Harris for Veep—and Bush Sr. for Himself

The Democratic candidate’s choice of vice president says more than you might think about his foreign policy—and his own self-image.

Senator Kamala Harris questions Attorney General William Barr as he testifies in Washington on May 1, 2019, during the hearing to discuss the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Biden Plans to Make Harris as Powerful a Veep as He Was Under Obama

The presumptive Democratic nominee was one of the most impactful vice presidents ever.

California Sen. Kamala Harris

Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate

The California senator is the first Black and South Asian American woman to back up a major U.S. presidential ticket.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 28.

Annexation Isn’t Dead. A Desperate Trump Could Bring It Back to Life.

Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank seems off the agenda for now, but Trump might push Netanyahu to proceed anyway.

Empty envelopes of opened vote-by-mail ballots for the presidential primary are stacked on a table at King County Elections in Renton, Washington on March 10, 2020.

‘The Tea Leaves Suggest That if He Doesn’t Cheat, He’s Going to Lose’

The presidential historian Timothy Naftali notes there’s no historical precedent for delaying an election, even in the middle of major wars, but Trump’s Republican Party is all about holding on to power.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden’s Campaign

If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

The Total Destruction of U.S. Foreign Policy Under Trump

His last remaining objective is obtaining foreign help for his reelection.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris

Here’s How Biden’s Possible VP Picks Stack Up on Foreign Policy

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden align closely on foreign-policy views, but Susan Rice has by far the most direct experience in U.S. foreign-policy making.

Susan Rice speaks at the 10th Anniversary Women in the World Summit at the Lincoln Center in New York City on April 11, 2019.

The Risks of Susan Rice

If Biden picks Obama’s national security advisor as his running mate, Benghazi would hardly be her biggest vulnerability.

Federal officers stand guard after dispersing protesters in Portland, Oregon, on July 21.

In Portland, the Baby Fascists Have Shown Their Face

Fascism can happen in America. Some of it has already happened, and more will happen as Trump fights to stay in power.

Senator Joseph Biden makes remarks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill April 7, 2004 in Washington.

Americans Stopped Trusting Long Before Trump

Joe Biden is part of an insular Washington culture that produced the Iraq War—and the pathologies of the Trump administration.

Italy’s Benito Mussolini addresses a crowd in Rome on April 15, 1934.

Why Fascists Fail

History’s autocrats have been the architects of their own demise. Even if he seizes power, so will Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the cabinet room at the White House on July 9 in Washington, DC.

Present at the Destruction of U.S. Power and Influence

Four years of neglect, unilateralism, and failed diplomacy have left America’s alliances in tatters. It’s time to rebuild them.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden puts on his mask as he prepares to leave after speaking about the coronavirus pandemic and the economy in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 30.

Not So Fast: How Biden Could Still Lose

To win in November, Democrats must avoid being lured into Trump’s culture war.

John Bolton and Donald Trump

Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do

Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and others from the White House to visit St. John's Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd in Washington on June 1.

America’s Politicized Military Is a Recipe for Disaster

Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics, including the election campaign.

Former national security officials are ditching their jobs in the Beltway to run for Congress.

Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office

More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.

Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump speak at the White House.

Beyond Ukraine Scandal, Bolton Says Trump Sought China’s Help for Reelection

The incident that led to the president’s impeachment was only part of a larger pattern, former national security advisor writes.

Then-U.S Vice President Joe Biden attends a business leader breakfast at the St. Regis Beijing hotel in China on Dec. 5, 2013.

Biden Camp Tries to Walk Fine Line on China

The Democratic candidate wants to get tough with Beijing, but he’s responding to Asian American pleas not to provoke a backlash.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House to go to St. John's Church in Washington on June 1.

A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope

We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on a debate stage in Charleston, South Carolina.

Biden Likely to Embrace Some of Sanders’s Foreign-Policy Ideas, Especially After the Pandemic

The former vice president’s team is already in touch with the Sanders camp about a unified platform, operatives say.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March.

How the World Got Berned

Bernie Sanders left the stage just as much of the U.S. government—and the world—was turning to his socialist ideas in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus

With Biden Bearing Down, Trump Plays the ‘Wartime’ Leader

The shape of the 2020 race is now clear: a trusted establishment Democrat versus an incumbent rallying Americans against an “invisible enemy.” Can Trump pull it off?

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

America’s Hinge Moment: Sanders or Biden

The results of Super Tuesday will help decide whether more Americans embrace runaway populism or a lost status quo.

Matt Duss (center) attends the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference in Las Vegas on July 24, 2010.

Bernie’s Outsider on the Inside

Bernie Sanders wants to reinvent progressive foreign policy. Here’s the man he hopes will make that happen.

Doug Wilson

Meet Pete Buttigieg’s Foreign-Policy Mentor

Former Pentagon official and campaign veteran Doug Wilson is helping the U.S. presidential candidate stand out from the pack on foreign policy.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers remarks during a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb. 12.

Is Bloomberg Vulnerable on China and Russia?

The rising Democratic challenger’s business ties to America’s biggest rivals and his sympathetic comments about Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin raise questions about how tough he’d be with them as president.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a campaign launch party in Columbia, South Carolina, on Feb. 11.

Biden’s World Experience Proves a Lead Balloon

Despite promising to restore U.S. leadership, the former vice president is fast fading from the 2020 race as his “most electable” pitch falls flat.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media after boarding a plane at the Des Moines International Airport on Feb. 4.

Berned Beyond Recognition: How Sanders’s Rise Changes U.S. Foreign Policy

After Iowa, Bernie Sanders’s progressive views will shape America’s approach to the world for a long time, especially on trade.

The six leading Democratic candidates at the presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14.

In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy 

With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.

Candidate portraits by uli knörzer for Foreign Policy

For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too

The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15, 2016.

How Biden’s Greatest Strength Could Prove a Weakness

No one can touch him on foreign-policy experience, especially Trump. But his long voting record will also be a vulnerability, starting with Iraq.

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

With Emergency Declaration, Trump Sticks by His Populist Persona

Trump will continue targeting immigrants, while the Democrats will target the rich. Success in 2020 will depend on the messaging.

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