Election 2020

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The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States

There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.

Members of the German military wait to have their suits decontaminated after a search for dead birds in northern Germany, where swans infected with bird flu were found, on Feb. 22, 2006.

The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring One of the World’s Biggest Looming Threats

Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.

Protesters in Hong Kong display a U.S. flag.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Violent clashes in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary, and obstacles to solving Canada’s opioid crisis.

People hold signs reading “Don’t shoot our kids” as they gather in the Tsuen Wan area of Hong Kong on Oct. 2.

It Is Time for the United States to Stand Up to China in Hong Kong

Tweets aren’t enough. Washington must make clear that it expects Beijing to live up to its commitments—and it will respond when China does not.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses lawmakers in Tehran on Sep. 3.

The Next U.S. President Should Make a New Deal with Iran

If Democrats win in 2020, they should work with America’s regional allies to strike a new nuclear agreement while showing zero tolerance for Tehran’s regional destabilization campaign.

The stage for the first U.S. Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, on June 26,

Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum

The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.

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11 Charts That Track the Weight of Foreign Policy in U.S. Primary Debates

Candidates have faced fewer global questions since the elections of 2004 and 2008, but China and trade have remained consistently popular topics.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013.

How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump

The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren attend a news conference in Washington on July 24, 2018.

A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for the Democratic Debates

We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.

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FP’s Guide to the 2020 U.S. Election Debates

Eight things to read before the candidates meet.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference to urge Congress not to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership on June 3, 2015.

Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

Joseph Stiglitz speaks at the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 24.

An Icon of the Left Tells Democrats: Don’t Go Socialist

The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he’s worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.

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The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.

The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

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.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign rally at the Stone Cliff Winery on March 1, 2019 in Dubuque, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What Democrats Can Learn From the Left

And what the left needs to learn from Democrats.

Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference in Washington on March 12.

Uncle Joe Is Ready to Run the World

Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign-policy philosophy that’s proven to work.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the People's Summit in Chicago on June 10, 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pass the Commander-in-Chief Test

It’s time to stop grading the Democratic front-runner’s foreign policy on a curve.

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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Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances

The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 15, 2015. (Jason Davis/Getty Images)

How Trump Stole the Democrats’ Best 2020 Foreign-Policy Stances

From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.

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