Pedro Castillo arrives for a press conference.

Peru’s Democracy Is at a Breaking Point

Pedro Castillo, who takes office this month, will likely face a renewed governability crisis as president.

Election posters are seen in Germany.

East Germany Is Still a Country of Its Own

Thirty years after unification—and two months before a national election—German politics are still divided in two.

U.S. voters cast their ballots.

The World’s Oldest Democracy Is One of Its Worst

When it comes to equality at the ballot box, the United States has become a global outlier.

Demonstrators hold up images of late Palestinian activist Nizar Banat, who died in late June during a violent arrest by Palestinian Authority security forces, as they march during a protest in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on July 2, 2021.

U.S. Support Is Keeping the Undemocratic Palestinian Authority Alive

Mahmoud Abbas’s unelected and illegitimate government is becoming increasingly violent, but Washington’s largesse is keeping it in power.

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi

Why Raisi Is the West’s Best Hope for a Deal With Iran

Hard-liners would never accept an agreement signed by a moderate—but they’ll fall into line if it comes from one of their own.

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses his first press conference in Tehran on June 21, 2021.

Iran and Raisi Have a Legitimacy Crisis

After an engineered election, Iran’s new president may have little choice but to govern cooperatively.

Ebrahim Raisi

Ebrahim Raisi Isn’t Who You Think He Is

Iran’s next president is a conservative obsessed with power—but less of a zealot than he seems.

French National Front mayor of Beaucaire, Julien Sanchez, poses in his office.

What’s It Actually Like Living Under France’s Far Right?

A town in the south of France offers clues to what may be in store for the rest of the country.

National Rally campaign posters

France’s Far-Right Seeks a Breakthrough in the South

The National Rally could win a key regional election—and a chance at mainstream success.

An election rally for Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s Election Is Unfree, Unfair, and Preordained

What a new president will mean for Tehran, Washington, and the world.

Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi hold posters as they attend an election campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, on June 14.

The Perils of the Iranian Presidency

Most meet unhappy endings. Here’s why Ebrahim Raisi might avoid a similar fate.

A Palestinian activist confronts a soldier in Jerusalem.

A Deeply Divided Israel Greets New Coalition Government

The “change government” of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid promises little real change—other than an end to Netanyahu.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the chancellor’s office in Berlin on May 15, 2017.

Is Macron the New Merkel?

The French president has charted a new kind of centrism in Europe.

Peruvian leftist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo of Peru Libre waves to supporters from his party headquarters balcony in Lima on June 8.

Peru’s Electoral Earthquake

A slate of weak parties has brought a little-known political organizer to the brink of the presidency.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks.

Why Has AMLO Accused USAID of a “Coup Against Mexico”?

Mexico’s president has ramped up attacks on civil society groups.

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