Politics

Election billboards of Angela Merke and Gregor Gysi, top candidate of the Left Party, on Sept. 16, 2005 in Berlin. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Cold War Enemies May Become Partners

In eastern Germany, center-right Christian Democrats are considering teaming up with far-left former Communists.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the White House on Feb. 20. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Watching Sebastian Kurz

Austria’s young chancellor has become a major player in Europe. The White House has taken notice.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie picture with a woman during a concert in memory of the late French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour at Yerevan's Republic Square on Oct. 11, 2018. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau Lived by Social Media. Now He’s Dying by It.

The self-immolation of the Canadian government is rooted in the way it came to power.

Then-Conservative MP Anna Soubry (L) and then-Labour MPs Luciana Berger (C) and Chuka Umunna (front) are greeted by an anti-Brexit protester as they arrive at the Cabinet Office on January 21, 2019 in London.

How to Make a New Party Succeed in Britain

A centrist movement can win, but it needs to build a base in cities first.

Former Labour and Conservative MPs Heidi Allen (L), Chuka Umunna (2L), Anna Soubry (3L), Chris Leslie (5L), Mike Gapes (6L), Ann Coffey (C), Luciana Berger (5R) and Angela Smith (3R) of the independent group of MPs are surrounded by pro- and anti-Brexit protesters as they arrive for their inaugural meeting at Institute of civil engineers on February 25, 2019 in London.

The British System Is Stacked Against Breakaway Parties

The Independent Group could influence the direction of Britain's politics, but it won't be by winning large numbers of seats in Parliament.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the People's Summit in Chicago on June 10, 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pass the Commander-in-Chief Test

It’s time to stop grading the Democratic front-runner’s foreign policy on a curve.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13, 2019. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Succeed in Iranian Politics Without Really Resigning

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif protested his weakness—and became stronger than ever.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer answer questions following an announced end to the partial government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 25. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Start the North Korea Hearings. And the Saudi Arabia Hearings. And the China Hearings…

How can Congress avoid getting sidelined on foreign policy? There’s only one right answer.

Pro-Biafra supporters shout slogans in Aba, southeastern Nigeria, during a protest calling for the release of a key activist on Nov. 18, 2015. (Pius Utomi Ekepi/AFP/Getty Images)

Slouching Toward Secession in Nigeria

Apathetic voters are planning to boycott this weekend’s election—and may inadvertently boost the country’s most fervent separatists.

Nigerian President  Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar (right) shake hands during a meeting in Abuja on Feb. 13. (Sodiq Adelakun/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Election Is Shattering Political Taboos

The issue of restructuring the country’s delicate federal system has long been off limits. Both candidates have now put it front and center, ensuring that reforms are on the way.

Vladimir Putin walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Russia's presidential election in Moscow on March 18, 2018. (Yuri Kodobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants to Dissolve the Russian People and Elect Another

The Russian president was a man of the common people—until the common people started making demands.

Prime Minister-elect Adel Abdul Mahdi addresses the Iraqi parliament during a vote on the new government in Baghdad on Oct. 24, 2018. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Iraq’s Old Divisions Undermine Its New Prime Minister?

In his first hundred days on the job, Adel Abdul Mahdi has hit entrenched political roadblocks to choosing cabinet ministers and changing a system of political patronage.

Vice-chairman of the Momentum party Anna Donath at a protest in downtown Budapest on Dec. 16, 2018. (Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images)

Hungary Finally Has an Opposition Worth a Damn

The country’s youngest party has united the left and right against Viktor Orban.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the House of Commons towards the House of Lords in London on June 21, 2017. (Kristy Wigglesworth/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s Officially Nobody in Charge of Britain

The United Kingdom is facing a generational crisis and adults are nowhere to be found in Parliament.

Iranian reformist Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, at right, speaks with hardline Judiciary Chief Mahmood Shahroudi in Tehran on Dec. 12, 2002. (Keivan/Getty Images)

Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Is Dead

And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.

President Omar al-Bashir appears at a rally with his supporters in Khartoum on Jan. 9, 2019. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is the Uprising Sudan’s Genocidal Dictator Always Feared

The country’s current protests include all sections of society—and may soon topple Omar al-Bashir’s entire regime.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to fellow members of Congress during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.

A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.

(Musonda Kabwe for Foreign Policy)

Street Smart

Why South Africa’s formerly segregated townships are still central to its imagination.

Worshipers at an evangelical church in Brasília, Brazil, on Sept. 21, 2018, pray for the recovery of then-presidential contender Jair Bolsonaro after he was injured in a knife attack. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)

Bolsonaro’s Christian Coalition Remains Precarious

A loose alliance of Catholic and evangelical conservatives helped Brazil’s new president to power. But their continued support is far from certain.

President Donald Trump and Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, bow their heads in prayer before the start of a Cabinet meeting of the White House in Washington on Aug. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s New Boss Is Walking Into an Ambush

Donald Trump has picked a former CEO to run the Pentagon. He should have gone with a psychiatrist.

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