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The Coronavirus Is Delaying Elections Worldwide

Moldova and Oman join a growing list of countries postponing their votes for the sake of public health.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a campaign launch party in Columbia, South Carolina, on Feb. 11.

Biden Gets Push From Left-Leaning Groups to Slash Pentagon Budget

Some groups haven’t had luck getting through the door, sources tell Foreign Policy.

A man holds a copy of the Polish Constitution as police officers check his ID card after he took part in a protest in Warsaw, Poland, on April 30.

Poland Is Showing the World How Not to Run a Pandemic Election

The upcoming Polish election is shaping up to be a farce. Washington should learn from Warsaw’s mistakes before November.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Hanoi on Feb. 27, 2019.

What Would North Korea’s Collapse Mean for U.S. Security?

The end of Kim Jong Un’s rule could have major consequences for U.S. foreign policy—and pandemics don’t necessarily promote peace.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Autocrats Are Finding Democratic Facades Hard to Keep Up

The pandemic is making dictatorship clearer as faking credible elections gets harder.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in discusses a coronavirus response with global leaders and shares South Korea's strategy during a virtual summit in Seoul on March 26.

South Korea Is a Liberal Country Now

Moon Jae-in’s crushing victories have permanently reshaped his nation’s politics.

Supporters of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party listen to a speech during the recent election campaign as citizens take measures to protect themselves against the spread of the coronavirus in Seoul on April 10.

South Korea Holds World’s First National Coronavirus Election

The opposition appears to be coming up short by criticizing the shortcomings of the government’s COVID-19 response.

French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a tablet screen in Montpellier, southern France, as he speaks from the Élysée Palace in Paris during a televised address to the nation on April 13.

Why Politicians Ignore Disaster Predictions

Experts see catastrophe on the horizon, but nobody wants to pay the costs beforehand.

Benny Gantz attends a press conference in Tel Aviv on Nov. 20, 2019.

Benny Gantz Did the Right Thing by Putting His Country First

The Blue and White leader’s colleagues and former allies have denounced him for caving to Benjamin Netanyahu—but his conciliatory gesture is a sign of statesmanship, not weakness.

A street vendor sits next to banners of the presidential candidate for the National Unity and Alliance for Change party (APNU+AFC) David Granger, in Georgetown, Guyana, on March 1, 2020.

Ethnic Conflict Threatens Democracy in Guyana

The country’s simmering ethnic tensions threaten to undermine a fragile democratic system and bring on the resource curse before the proceeds from massive offshore oil discoveries arrive.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus outbreak  at the White House on March 17.

How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Reshape the U.S. Election?

A major outbreak and looming recession in the United States has transformed the 2020 campaign—and could have major consequences for the future of great power politics.

A man holds a poster displaying Togolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre on April 11, 2015 in Lome, Togo.

West African Leaders Are Rolling Back Democratic Gains

Taking a page from Vladimir Putin's playbook, undemocratic leaders in Guinea and Togo are seeking to extend their rule through ostensibly democratic means.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks over his glasses as he and Education Minister Gidon Saar chat at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting October 18, 2009 in Jerusalem.

Bibi Is No Houdini

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a political magician who has run out of tricks—and his stubbornness is stopping the Israeli right from winning convincingly and governing the country.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

What Does Super Tuesday Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will face Donald Trump in November. Here's how their views of U.S. power could reshape the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu point to a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a speech in Ramat Gan on Sept. 10, 2019.

A Netanyahu Victory Would Be Bad News for Peace and the Rule of Law

If he leads the next government, the prime minister is likely to annex much of the West Bank and deepen attacks on judicial independence.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu, greet supporters following elections in Tel Aviv on April 10, 2019.

Netanyahu Surges in Israeli Election

Exit polls give the prime minister a solid chance at forming the next government, despite corruption charges.

A voter walks to a voting booth in Bedford, New Hampshire, during the New Hampshire primary.

What Washington Can Learn About Elections—From Abroad

The United States has aided polarized democracies in countries from Kenya to Sri Lanka. It’s time to apply those lessons at home.

Matt Duss (center) attends the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference in Las Vegas on July 24, 2010.

Bernie’s Outsider on the Inside

Bernie Sanders wants to reinvent progressive foreign policy. Here’s the man he hopes will make that happen.

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, the Ordinary People party leader Igor Matovic, and the far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia leader Marian Kotleba await the start of the parliamentary election TV debate in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Feb. 20.

Slovakia Faces a Stark Choice

A historic murder trial ahead of parliamentary elections could boost liberal democratic forces over the populist ruling party.

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