Elections

A woman walks past campaign posters for candidates of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Poland, on Oct. 9.

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.

Riot police protect a pride parade amid risks of disruption by far-right opponents in Plock, central Poland, on Aug. 10.

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.

Participants seen holding flags during the National Rosary

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 Canadian election blackface scandal.

Will Trudeau Survive Canada’s Next Vote?

The prime minister’s rise, fall, and possible rebirth.

Protestors demonstrate against a campaign visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Stoney Creek, Ontario, on Sept. 29.

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.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves goodbye as he departs a campaign stop in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Sept. 23.

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.

A protester with a sticker on his head reading "Vox Now" in reference to the Spanish far-right party Vox takes part in a demonstration in Madrid on Feb. 10.

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.

The head of the Joint List alliance, Ayman Odeh, gestures to supporters during an electoral campaign rally in the northern Arab-Israeli town of Sakhnin on Sept. 15, two days before the Israeli general election.

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.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

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.

An Afghan man attends a campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive of Afghanistan, in Bamiyan on Sept. 25 (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images )

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.

Security guards patrol outside the election headquarters of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Sept. 24 as they prepare for the upcoming presidential election.

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.

A child walks through a Taliban-controlled area in Baghlan province, Afghanistan, in April.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) greets Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, at a memorial ceremony for late Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Sept. 19.

Why Bibi’s on Borrowed Time

If the election hasn’t killed the Israeli leader’s political career, the indictments probably will.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Sept. 10.

Israeli Election Deadlock Could Mean No New Government for Months

Netanyahu vows to fight on after failing to secure a majority.

A picture taken on September 27, 2018 shows the Israeli settlement of Neve Yaakov (foreground) in the northern area of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Ram (background) in the West Bank.

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.

Local and international peace activists stand on a concrete block, part of Israel's controversial separation barrier, after pulling it down during a protest near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Nov. 9, 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany.

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.

Thousands of demonstrators in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba protest against rising housing prices and social inequality on Aug. 13, 2011.

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.

President of Cameroon Paul Biya (L) walks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) following his arrival at the airport in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on July 29, 2015.

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.

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