Election 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Chinese trade agreement at the White House in Washington on Jan. 15.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be

His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019.

China Will Be Front and Center During the 2020 Election

Whether it’s about trade or the coronavirus, it’s possible to be tough on China without being racist or reckless.

U.S. President Donald Trump

As If Things Aren’t Bad Enough, Trump Mulls Fresh Trade War With China

U.S. considers restoring tariffs as Trump makes reprisals against Beijing the center of his 2020 reelection bid.

A man holds a copy of the Polish Constitution as police officers check his ID card after he took part in a protest in Warsaw, Poland, on April 30.

Poland Is Showing the World How Not to Run a Pandemic Election

The upcoming Polish election is shaping up to be a farce. Washington should learn from Warsaw’s mistakes before November.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about data leaks and Russian disinformation during a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018.

Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation

A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.

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.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2019.

Let the Referendum on Trump and Trumpism Begin

The November election isn’t just the most important political event of 2020 in the United States. It’s the most important political event in the world.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic presidential debate in Miami on June 27, 2019. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How Republicans View a Biden-Trump Race

Our contributors weigh in on Bernie Sanders’s departure from the U.S. presidential race—and what it means for an election campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus.

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?

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders square off at the Democratic presidential debate in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 15.

Big Takeaways From the Biden-Sanders Debate

Our experts weigh in on the first head-to-head debate between the two main remaining Democratic contenders.

Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Joe Biden Isn’t a Liberal or a Moderate. He’s a Christian Democrat.

The Democratic front-runner’s ideology has less to do with Obama or the Clintons than a distinct style of European conservatism.

U.S. President Donald Trump

How Trump Is Tanking His Own Presidency

His bumbling coronavirus response could well sink the economy—and his re-election chances.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Anti-Trumpism Is Now Enough

Joe Biden is calculating that after four years of Trump—and one global coronavirus pandemic—Americans have finally had their fill of populism.

Joe Biden takes a selfie with an attendee during a campaign event

It’s Time to Cancel the U.S. Presidential Campaign as We Know It

From party conventions to in-person voting, the coronavirus pandemic has made traditional election activities into deadly gambles.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

What Does Super Tuesday Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will face Donald Trump in November. Here's how their views of U.S. power could reshape the world.

Joe Biden takes the stage at a campaign event in Los Angeles.

The Joe Biden Juggernaut

With his smashing Super Tuesday victories and Bloomberg's endorsement, the former vice president has suddenly become the chief 2020 challenger to Trump.

Leading Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, seen here at a debate on Feb. 25, are all proposing energy policies that could curtail the American energy boom.

Democrats Threaten Energy Rollback

Markets might get jittery as bids by Biden, Sanders, and Warren to restrict fossil fuels move a bit closer to reality.

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.

Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration

Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances

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

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