Elections

A pedestrian lights a cigarette as he walks past banners with portraits of Turrkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli in Istanbul on June 19, 2018.

Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey

Erdogan’s new partner in parliament — the ultranationalist MHP — will make Ankara a more belligerent and intransigent ally.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) gives a speech after being officially sworn in during a ceremony in Harare on November 24, 2017.

Zimbabwe Needs Genuine Democracy, Not Window Dressing

As the country prepares for the first post-Mugabe elections, the United States and its allies must use all the leverage they have to demand genuine reform.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds his ballot before casting his vote for Turkey's legislative election at a polling station in Istanbul on June 7, 2015. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Has Mastered Democracy

For all the deserved criticisms of Turkey's president, the man knows how to win an election.

A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders yells at a Trump supporter at MLK Jr. Park on Aug. 27, 2017 in Berkeley, California. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

America’s Uncivil Protests Are Straight Out of Latin America

Donald Trump’s domestic critics are following South America’s successful anti-strongman playbook.

A pedestrian lights a cigarette as he walks past in banners with portraits of Turrkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli in Istanbul on June 19, 2018. - Turkey is preparing for tight presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, while many analysts say President Erdogan wants a major foreign policy success to give him a final boost. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of Sunday’s Elections in Turkey

Turks will vote to elect not only a president but also a parliament—a first in the country’s history.

A large flag of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign rally on June 19, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections

The one thing that's clear about Erdogan's re-election bid is that everything is unclear.

An election poster showing the portrait of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 19 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Erdogan Will Win by Any Means Necessary

Turkey’s president has plenty of experience stealing elections — and Sunday’s vote is one he can’t afford to lose.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) is welcomed upon his arrival at the international conference "The Future of Asia" in Tokyo on June 11, 2018. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Diplomacy Is Trapped in Mahathir’s Shadow

The newly energized democracy is missing the chance to make its diplomatic mark in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar (L) attend the funeral of a soldier killed in a helicopter crash at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara, on June 1, 2017.

Turkey’s Wag-the-Dog Election

Erdogan is fighting a military battle to win a political one.

Iraqis celebrate with a picture of the Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, after the general election in Baghdad on May 14, 2018.

I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He’s Iraq’s Best Hope.

The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro at a press conference in Bogotá on June 14. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Hugo Chávez Is Haunting Colombia’s Election

Some Colombians fear that their country could go the way of Venezuela.

A supporter of Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro for the Colombia Humana Party holds a poster during a campaign rally in Cali, Colombia, on June 9, (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Peace Pact in the Balance As Colombians Vote

Sunday’s election is widely seen as a referendum on the historic peace accord with the FARC.

Ivanka Trump andJared Kushner at the presentation of the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Riyalpolitik and the Art of Influence in Trump’s Washington

America's Arab allies have always wanted to buy direct access to U.S. foreign policy, and they finally found a seller.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by his deputy Ali Babacan and Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci with the symbol for the national currency, the Turkish lira, during a ceremony in Ankara, on March 1, 2012. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Failing Economics 101

Turkey’s president has made a huge bet that he's right and all of the world’s economic experts are wrong.

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters take part in an campaign rally in Bangalore on May 3. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Democracy Is More Delicate Than It Seems

After scrambles, fights, and bribes in Karnataka, the stage is set for a tough 2019 vote.

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How to Steal an Election in Broad Daylight

Autocrats and counterfeit democrats have perfected the art of rigging polls to stay in power — without breaking any laws.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on March 25, 2018.

Netanyahu Needs Conflict to Survive

The more Israel’s prime minister escalates tensions, the more his popularity grows.

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr attends the demonstration against the western bombings of Syria, which he called for, on april 15, 2018, in Najaf. (HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq’s Top 10 Potential Prime Ministers

Will it be the Harvard- and MIT-educated mandarin, the coveralls-wearing man of the people — or someone else the world has never heard of?

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad celebrates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 10. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)

Everyday Anger Brought Down Malaysia’s Government

Corruption and incompetence pushed Malaysians to end decades of one-party rule.

Supporters of former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad celebrate in Kuala Lumpur on May 10. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Elites Ride The People’s Tsunami

Amid a democratic triumph, the new boss is still literally the old boss.

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