A Tale of Two Polands
The Law and Justice party is tapping into divides that have split the country for centuries—and will probably win this weekend’s elections because of it.
In Poland’s Upcoming Election, the Law and Justice Party Is Demonizing the LGBT Community to Win
The party is likely to win the vote, but it may eventually lose the broader cultural fight.
Why Poland’s Populists Keep Winning
PiS won by offering provincial voters social benefits that transformed their lives. If Poland’s opposition wants to defeat the illiberal ruling party, it will have to offer an alternative welfare state model.
Justin Trudeau’s Spectacular Self-Destruction
Canada’s prime minister was once seen as messianic. Now he’s become just another conventional politician fighting for reelection while plagued by scandals and blamed for unfulfilled promises.
How Canadian Politics Got So Dumb
With most of the big issues settled, politicians have turned to fighting hashtag wars. Here’s why that’s dangerous.
Digging Up a Dictator Won’t End Spain’s Divisions
The Spanish government just moved a step closer to disinterring the remains of Francisco Franco. But as the country heads for yet another election, a new book shows that voters have other priorities.
Backing Benny Gantz Won’t Help Palestinians
Arab voters are simply used as pawns in Israeli politics. The Joint List’s leaders are naive to think any Israeli prime minister will ever address their concerns.
Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis
A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.
Afghanistan’s Victory for Democracy and Loss for Peace
No matter the outcome, this weekend’s presidential election will likely set back the peace process with the Taliban.
Risking Life and Limb to Vote in Afghanistan
Many Afghans say the threat of violence is too great to risk coming out to the polls.
In Afghanistan, It’s Brother Against Brother
How one family’s story illustrates the meaninglessness of Saturday’s election in the face of an endless civil war.
Why Bibi’s on Borrowed Time
If the election hasn’t killed the Israeli leader’s political career, the indictments probably will.
Israeli Election Deadlock Could Mean No New Government for Months
Netanyahu vows to fight on after failing to secure a majority.
Annexing the West Bank Will Destabilize Jordan
Netanyahu’s election promise won’t just hurt Israel, it will create chaos for its eastern neighbor and a diplomatic backlash too.
Last Time a Jewish State Annexed Its Neighbors, It Disappeared for 2,000 Years
Benjamin Netanyahu scores points by promising to annex the West Bank. If he does, Israel faces a long transformative struggle between apartheid and multinational democracy—and democracy will win.
Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should.
Despite high inequality, lagging productivity, and serious long-term challenges, the current election campaign has barely mentioned economic policy.
No Continent for Old Men
Africa has the world’s youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.