Elections

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Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies

A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a committee meeting at the Parliament House in New Delhi on March 3, 2020.

Angst and Denial in India as It’s Now Officially Poorer Than Bangladesh

Bangladesh, once far behind, just surpassed India in GDP per capita. All the more reason for Modi to focus on the right reforms.

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The United States Isn’t Doomed to Lose the Information Wars

China and Russia are ramping up their disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to the November vote. It’s time for Washington to fight back.

Voters line-up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Noonday Baptist Church for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia.

Americans Are Officially Giving Up on Democracy

New polling shows that a growing share of U.S. citizens want leaders who wouldn’t “bother with” elections.

An election worker feeds ballots into a voting machine during an accuracy test at the Miami-Dade Election Department headquarters on Oct. 14 in Doral, Florida.

The United States Needs a Red Team to Protect the Election

Adversaries are trying to undermine U.S. democracy. Hackers and regular citizens must identify weaknesses and make the system resilient in the face of cyberthreats.

Russian matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump on sale at in Moscow on July 13, 2018.

America Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It

Even if 2020 marks a low point of U.S. democratic practice, supporting liberalism abroad must remain a vital element of U.S. foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a full honors welcome ceremony for new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Trump Taps Loyalists for Top Pentagon Liaison Jobs

It risks Trump burrowing loyalists into career positions to undermine a Biden administration, multiple former officials say.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leading U.S. politicians visit the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland Is on the Ballot in Pennsylvania

Threats to the Good Friday Agreement—and culture wars—make this a critical constituency in a swing state.

People protesting the results of the parliamentary vote gather by a bonfire in front of the seized main government building, known as the White House, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 6.

Is This the Beginning of Kyrgyzstan’s Next Revolution?

The Central Asian state is the latest post-Soviet republic jolted by an electoral crisis. But the ongoing protests are driven by internal dynamics, not international ones.

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Document of the Week: The Birth of the Televised Presidential Debate Was a Sober Affair. Then Came Trump.

In an earlier age, the Democratic and Republican front-runners reserved their sharpest criticism for the Soviet Union and treated each other with respect.

The al-Zoobi family spends time together at their home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on July 26, 2015. They fled Syria three years before.

‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’: War-Weary Syrian Americans Want Resolution

In a swing state with a razor-thin margin in 2016, one tiny voting bloc could be key.

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The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

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A Perilous Presidential Handoff

The transition of power between presidents has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stand for the presentation of colors during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15.

The Republican and Democratic Parties Are Heading for Collapse

U.S. political parties have reshuffled every few decades, and 2020 may be the year they do it again.

People carry a banner reading "Return Furgal for Us" during an unauthorized rally in support of governor Sergei Furgal in the Russian far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Aug. 8.

In Russia, All Politics Is Local

Ahead of this weekend’s elections, the biggest threat to Putin is not a nationwide uprising—it is a series of smaller protests over deeply felt local concerns.

A woman holds a forbidden Belarusian flag during a protest rally in Minsk on Aug. 14.

The Trump Administration Has Gone AWOL on Belarus

The Belarusian people may yet achieve the end of the Lukashenko era, but it will be in spite of the United States’ silence.

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