Politics

Bharatiya Janata Party workers gather to celebrate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday in Srinagar, India, on Sept. 17.

Why Modi Is Suddenly Everywhere

After his disastrous handling of COVID-19, India’s prime minister is attempting to seize back the narrative.

Workers rearrange the chairs in the plenary hall of the German Bundestag to fit the new seating arrangement for the parties in parliament after the recent election, in Berlin on Oct. 15.

What the German Election Taught America About Democracy

Americans concerned about the future of their democracy can learn from the system they helped install in Germany.

A member of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement fires his gun during the funeral of some of their members who were killed during clashes in the Tayouneh neighbourhood of the capital Beirut's southern suburbs a day earlier, on Oct. 15, 2021.

Sectarian Violence Is Lebanese Elites’ Comfort Zone

Open battle broke out in downtown Beirut this week—and the chances for political justice slipped further away.

Boris Johnson waves after speaking to conference on the third day of the Conservative party conference on October 6, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Will Britain’s Conservatives Be in Power Permanently?

A new book argues that Boris Johnson’s government is already losing its grip. Here’s why that’s wishful thinking.

Employees of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission count votes

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: The Taliban seek international recognition, a scandal rocks the IMF, and Iraq holds elections.

Jordanian King Abdullah I in Jerusalem in 1948.

Unite Jordan and Palestine—Again

Amman should reannex the West Bank to end Israel’s illegal occupation, bring peace and prosperity, and give Palestinians democratic rights.

A member of Hezbollah fires a gun during a funeral for some members who were killed during clashes in the Tayouneh neighbourhood of Beirut's southern suburbs on Oct. 15.

Lebanon Is Europe’s Most Urgent Challenge

A collapsing state risks creating a catastrophic refugee crisis.

A pupil stands at the entrance of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Aug. 29, 2018.

To Fix Foreign Aid, Pay the Poor Directly

Donor countries are questioning the merits of a broken system. They must radically reevaluate how they deliver aid—not stop providing it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen to their countries' respective national anthems upon Kurz's arrival at the Chancellery on Jan. 17, 2017 in Berlin.

There’s a Merkel-Sized Hole in European Conservatism

Pushed by an ascendent far-right, the search for an attractive, modern conservatism won’t be easy.

Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr celebrate in Baghdad.

The Biggest Loser of Iraq’s Election Could Be Iran

Pro-Iran parties lost support, say they’ll reject the results, and are threatening violence.

Indonesian police disperse protesters.

Post-Pandemic Authoritarianism Looms in Indonesia

A crackdown on government critics accompanied coronavirus lockdowns. It hasn’t let up.

Russian editor Dmitry Muratov

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: Nobel Prizes, digital outages, and the first movie filmed in space.

Campaign flyers for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party

Why Germany’s Far-Right Remains on the Fringes

Although the AfD can’t be ruled out as a political force, observers see lessons in recent elections on how to quell radical populism.

Nigerian politicians celebrate the country’s independence.

Nigeria’s Legislature Is Siding With Autocracy

Democracy is at risk as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s power grows unchecked.

Two men sit behind a sign on a table that reads "Iran, Islamic Republic of."

The View From Iran: What the Raisi Administration Wants in the Nuclear Talks

President Ebrahim Raisi doesn’t consider reviving the nuclear deal a top priority.

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