Elections

A protester walks in front of riot police making a heart gesture with his hands, one of the symbols used by the leading opposition candidate, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 9.

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2003.

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.

Empty envelopes of opened vote-by-mail ballots for the presidential primary are stacked on a table at King County Elections in Renton, Washington on March 10, 2020.

‘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.

Donald Trump fills out his ballot at a polling station during the 2016 presidential elections in New York on Nov. 8, 2016.

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.

Voters cast their ballots at a polling station.

Does Guyana Foretell an American Future?

A disputed election. Racialized parties. A constitutional crisis. Washington already has a model for what could go wrong.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks on immigration issues while meeting with members of the U.S. Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).

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.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem on March 9, 2016.

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.

Supporters of the opposition Workers Party' gather and celebrate as results are announced during the general election in Singapore on July 11.

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.

Voters in Chestertown, Maryland, cast ballots  at the Kent County Public Library in Maryland's early voting on October 25, 2018.

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.

U.S. Flag Burning Protest

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 Foreign Affairs Committee members Rep. Brad Sherman, left, and Rep. Gregory Meeks

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.

People walk their dogs as they pass by election posters of Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) and opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski (L) in a suburb of Warsaw, on June 25.

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.

Burundi's national flag is set at half-mast at the state house as Burundi mourns the death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, in Bujumbura on June 10.

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.

People wait in line to vote on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask inside a courtroom at the district court of Jerusalem on May 24, during the first day of his corruption trial.

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.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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.

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