Meltdown in Minsk
Massive violence in the wake of Sunday’s sham election has thrown a spotlight on Belarus and the growing backlash to a quarter century of one-man rule.
Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator
The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.
‘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.
Trump Isn’t the Only President Who May Have Explored Postponing the Vote
Fearing terrorist attacks, the George W. Bush administration also reportedly looked into the option.
Does Guyana Foretell an American Future?
A disputed election. Racialized parties. A constitutional crisis. Washington already has a model for what could go wrong.
Congress Eyes Hearing for Controversial Trump Pentagon Pick
The move comes after the president personally lobbied the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee to confirm Anthony Tata as the Defense Department’s top policy official.
Democrats Can’t Allow Israel to Pursue Annexation Without Consequences
Israel could finally become a partisan issue in Washington—but only if Democrats put their money where their mouth is.
Opposition Victories Force a Crack in Singapore’s Carefully Managed Democracy
The election may push the ruling People’s Action Party to rethink its approach.
To Protect Democracy, Protect the Internet
The voluntary efforts of tech companies aren’t enough. The U.S. government needs to regulate social media platforms and make election interference illegal.
When It Comes to America’s Race Issues, Russia Is a Bogeyman
As talk turns once again to Russia’s role in stoking racial tensions ahead of an election, the United States would be wise to look within.
House Democrats Jockey for Foreign Affairs Committee Gavel
It’s another battle between centrists and progressives that could have big implications for U.S. foreign policy, especially on Israel.
Will Poland’s Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?
President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country’s poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially liberal cities.
Will Burundi’s New President Seize the Moment?
The sudden death of the outgoing president, the coronavirus pandemic, and an ailing economy mean that wide-ranging reforms are needed more than ever.
To Save Its Democracy, the United States Needs a Dose of Its Own Medicine
Americans have long worked abroad to promote democratic practices and institutions. Now, more than ever, those lessons must be applied at home.
Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur
Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.
The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future
Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.