Elections

Dispatch

After the Revolution Comes Consensus

Forty years ago, the enemy of democracy in Portugal was fascism. Now it's just Europolitics.

EMILY CHERTOFF |

Argument

The Bore Room

The election of the European Commission’s president may not be exciting -- but it’s far more important than cranky, skeptical pundits are willing to admit.

Gareth Harding |

Dispatch

Stamp Out the Vote

How terrorism in the Sinai has eclipsed Egypt's presidential election -- and laid bare tensions with the U.S.

Mohannad Sabry |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Ukrainians riot ahead of the presidential election; Ultra-Orthodox Israeli soldiers train near the Syrian border; and Thailand's army chief declares a coup.

FP Staff |

Argument

Egypt Must Stop Penalizing the Poor

A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.

Allison Corkery |

Argument

Egypt Isn't Stable

Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is sure to win the upcoming presidential elections. But a new poll shows that he will be taking the helm of a profoundly divided nation.

Richard Wike |

Argument

Faster, Stronger, Worse

Why Narendra Modi's new foreign policy won't make Washington happy.

James Traub |

Argument

Le Pen-ed In?

It’s not just President Hollande who's under threat from France’s right-wing party. It’s Europe.

Robert Zaretsky |

Argument

Egypt's Also-Ran

Meet the man crazy enough to run for president against the new strongman in Cairo.

Eric Trager |

Profile

Ukraine's Chocolate King to the Rescue

Ukrainians hope that Petro Poroshenko can lead them out of the current crisis. But can one man provide the solution to all the country's problems?

Annabelle Chapman |

Report

Heads Won’t Roll

Obama’s talking tough about the VA scandal, so why isn’t he firing anyone?

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

The U.S. Needs to Modi-fy its India Policy

How Washington should engage with India’s new prime minister.

Alyssa Ayres |

Argument

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Modi

Does India’s new prime minister actually have a foreign policy?

Dhruva Jaishankar |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

India wrapped up the largest democratic election in the world; Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests; and Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine concluded a controversial referendum for self-rule.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The Ballot and the Barrel

An obscure Indian law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons during election season. But India’s gun lobby says it only encourages a spike in violence.

Vivekananda Nemana |

Dispatch

South Africa's Never-Ending Party

Jacob Zuma's seemingly invincible ANC is back on top -- but that doesn't mean it will continue to rule “until Jesus comes back.”

Roy Robins |

Dispatch

High Tea With a Spot of Racism

Britain's almost comically right-wing Tea Party clone is on the rise -- but if it ends up kingmaker in Westminster, that's no laughing matter.

Alex Massie |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Russia celebrates Victory Day; South Africa gears up for national elections; and Narendra Modi works the campaign trail.

FP Staff |

Report

'It Is a Sin to Waste Your Vote'

Why are Kashmiris shunning India's election?

Zahid Rafiq |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The Vatican prepares for the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II; Pro-Russian activists clash with police in Donetsk; and sumo wrestlers make babies cry in Japan.

Slide Show |

Argument

Despite the Election, India Still Isn't Confronting Corruption

As the Indian election continues, voters are concerned about corruption like never before. But will anything really change?

Laurence Cockcroft |

Argument

Iraq's House of Cards

With the country collapsing around him, Nouri al-Maliki's strongman image is a sham. And that's exactly why he's so dangerous.

Zaid Al-Ali |

Argument

Is Narendra Modi India's Reagan or Nixon?

Gujarat's shiny free market reformer has a dark side. 

Rob Jenkins |

Christian Caryl

Get Real, Nick Kristof

Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Rise of India's Common Man

Could India's third-party candidate be the country’s kingmaker? Or is he just tilting at windmills?

James Traub |

Interview

'What Is Happening in Ukraine Is Dangerous for Russia'

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on what his country really needs from the West and why Putin's politics just don't make sense.

David Patrikarakos |

Argument

Can Big Data Stop Wars Before They Happen?

Number crunching and pattern recognition may hold the key to predicting and preventing conflicts. But first, peace-builders need to change the way they do business.

Sheldon Himelfarb |

Dispatch

The Candidate in His Labyrinth

Egypt’s president-in-waiting says he’s widely loved, so why does he sleep in an undisclosed location and fear for his life?

Eric Trager |

Argument

Watching Modi, the Maestro, at Work

On the campaign trail in India, the election front-runner takes the high road, while his Hindu nationalist followers support him from below.

James Traub |

Argument

Algeria's New Era

Algeria's long-ruling president is cruising to victory in the polls. But the outside world shouldn't be fooled: The authorities are losing control.

Amel Boubekeur |