Elections

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president

Brazil’s Most Popular Politician Might Dial Back Bolsonaro’s Legacy—but Won’t Take the Country Into the Future

Lula may offer the strongest alternative to Bolsonaro, yet his policies for Brazil won’t fully address the country’s challenges.

Nasser al-Qudwa

Arafat’s Nephew Is Coming for Abbas

Veteran diplomat Nasser al-Qudwa could prompt a realignment within Palestinian politics.

Guillermo Lasso celebrates after runoff elections on April 11 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Ecuador Just Voted Against Populism, but Its Democracy Is Far from Healthy 

Conservative Guillermo Lasso will take office as an isolated president with a weak mandate, tasked with restoring faith in the country's institutions.

Chadian President Idriss Déby casts his ballot at a polling station in N'djamena on April 11.

Why the World Won’t Criticize Chad

Western democracies look the other way as a dictatorial ally in the war on terror holds another election marred by violence and intimidation.

A car drives past a campaign billboard of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s Government Has Nobody at the Wheel

A cycle of deadlocked elections has left the country without a functioning administration—and a foreign policy set on autopilot.

Palestinian woman walks past election mural in Gaza.

The Return of Palestinian Politics

Elections in May will be the first since 2006—a remarkable but risky gambit.

Supporters of Hernando de Soto attend a campaign rally.

Peru’s Election Is About to Make Its Problems Worse

This weekend’s vote will deepen the pandemic-ravaged country’s impasse.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Israeli party Raam.

An Arab Kingmaker in Israeli Politics?

With election results deadlocked, an Arab-led party is seen as a possible swing faction.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past a billboard of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

Exit Polls Put Netanyahu on Track to Win Israeli Election

He appears to have beaten back challengers who include defectors from his own party.

Gantz and Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu Stumbles Before Election as UAE Deal-Signing Blocked

$10 billion for trains, ports, and pipelines was supposed to show off his peacemaking prowess.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech in front of a picture of Zeev Jabotinsky.

Israel’s Likud Isn’t the Party of Law and Order Anymore

In his constant quest for power, Benjamin Netanyahu is abandoning the Israeli right’s legalist traditions.

Armin Laschet, chairman of Germany's German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, attends a press conference in Berlin on March 15.

German Voters Just Dealt Merkel’s Party a Body Blow

Ahead of national elections in September, the CDU has to decide where to go from here.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

How Do You Say ‘Stop the Steal’ in Hebrew?

As another Israeli election nears, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surrogates take a page from Trump’s playbook.

Israeli lawmaker and leader of centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, speaks at a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 2, 2015.

How a Journalist-Turned-Politician Became the Best Hope for Israel’s Anyone-but-Bibi Camp

Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

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