Politics

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the driver's seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House to discuss health care on March 23, 2017.

All the President’s Trolls

Donald Trump is gathering his favorite meme-makers and trolls for a White House summit.

Head of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer poses with party member and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a party board meeting in Berlin on June 24, 2019.

Merkel’s Final Mistake Is Her Chosen Successor

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in line to take over as German chancellor—but there’s no telling if she’ll survive long enough to get the job.

French President Emmanuel Macron during the first day of the European Union summit meeting in Brussels on June 20.

Emmanuel Macron, Part Deux

He’s relaunched his presidency for its second half. But is the makeover in style or substance?

US Under Secretary of Defence Michelle Flournoy looks on during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Ma Xiaotian at the Bayi Building in Beijing on Dec. 7, 2011.

Tear Down the Foreign-Policy Glass Ceiling!

Democratic presidential candidates—and a new group of wonks—are committed to fixing rampant gender inequalities in the national security workplace.

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2019 in London, England.

Theresa May Broke Britain

Her legacy is a mangled party in a mangled Parliament in a badly mangled country.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) shakes hands with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (L) at a special ecumenical service to mark the start of the parliamentary year at St Paul's Anglican church on Feb. 12 in Canberra, Australia.

Scott Morrison Won Australia’s Election Against All Odds. It Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise.

The Australian Labor Party made the same mistakes that have led to failure for center-left leaders across the globe—and the right is reaping the benefits.

A crowd of US-based supporters await the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India for a community reception September 28, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

India’s Liberal Expats Are Modi’s Biggest Fans

Decades of work have left the BJP firmly in command of diaspora voters.

Richard Holbrooke talks with Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar before a hearing on Capitol Hill July 14, 2010 in Washington.

Bipartisan Foreign Policy Died This Weekend

Richard Lugar represented an endangered aspect of American—and Republican Party—leadership.

Candidate from Spanish far-right party Vox, Santiago Abascal, waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Seville on April 24 ahead of the April 28 general election. (Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images)

Make Spain Great Again

The far-right Vox party has adopted Trump-style politics.

Santiago Abascal, the leader of the far-right party Vox arrives to a rally at Palacios de Congresos on Apr. 17 in Granada, Spain.

Spain’s Vox Party Hates Muslims—Except the Ones Who Fund It

The upstart far-right party is unapologetically Islamophobic, but without donations from Iranian exiles, it may have never gotten off the ground.

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky enters a hall in Kiev on March 6, 2019. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Should Fear Ukraine’s Russia-Friendly Front-Runner

The Kremlin will soon wish it were still dealing with a Ukrainian president who so much resembled its own.

An Indonesian election commission worker arranges ballot boxes in preparation for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Surabaya on March 18. (Juni Kriswanto/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s at Stake in Indonesia’s Elections?

The world’s third-largest democracy goes to the polls.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Zhihang Chi, Air China's vice president for North America, at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Cities Will Determine the Future of Diplomacy

Urban centers are taking international relations into their own hands.

A security guard walks past a welcoming banner at Pristina International Airport prior to the arrival of the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Kosovo on May 21, 2009. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Wide Open for Foreign Influence

If you’re an outsider with a political agenda, there’s no better country to target than the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House on April 2. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Needs Solidarity for Its 70th Birthday

Trump should dial back the admonishment and offer allies the chance to unite over common purpose.

Supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko at a pre-election rally in Kiev on March 29. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Election Will Test the Strength of Its Democracy

The outcome of the vote is not nearly as important as the quality of the electoral process.

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.

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