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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Democrats Have Quietly Given Up Their Old Myths About Climate Change
And that might be a good thing for the environment.
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.
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.
‘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.
The Real Hacking Threat
It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.
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.
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.
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.
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.