Politics

Report

Heads Won’t Roll

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

Gordon Lubold |

Christian Caryl

Is the Vatican Guilty of Torture?

History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Merkel in the Middle

The German chancellor is caught between her country’s Amerika-Freunde and Putin-Versteher.

Paul Hockenos |

Dispatch

'The Regime Could Collapse Quickly'

As anti-Chinese protests roil Vietnam, a domestic pro-democratic opposition is quietly gathering steam.

Steve Finch |

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 |

Argument

The Skeleton in Chile's Closet

Chile has made progress toward democracy. Why do its indigenous people still feel left out?

Mira Galanova |

Argument

Putin and His Judo Cronies

Why the Russian president is turning to his fellow martial artists to staff an efficient and loyal security force.

Mark Galeotti |

Argument

Can Europe's Security Watchdog Survive the Crisis in Ukraine?

The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.

Spencer Oliver |

Argument

Why Burma's Top General Is Playing Peacemaker

The leader of Burma's military is leveraging peace talks to position himself for next year's epochal presidential election.

Su Mon Thazin Aung |

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 |

COLUMN

Washington's Sleeping Sickness

The greatest force at work in America's capital is inertia.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Oliver Stone's Disgraceful Tribute to Hugo Chávez

How the renowned director's latest film distorts history and whitewashes an authoritarian thug.

Jeffrey Tayler |

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 |

Argument

Turkey's Tyrant in the Making

If democracy and political Islam can't coexist and thrive in Ankara, is there no hope for the rest of the Middle East?

Kenneth Roth |

COLUMN

A Birth Defect in the Heart of Africa

Could anything have prevented the tragedy that is now befalling South Sudan?

James Traub |

Christian Caryl

In a Divided Ukraine, Even Victory Over Hitler Isn’t What It Used to Be

As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

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 |

Argument

Nigeria's Absent Commander-in-Chief

With the country descending into chaos, President Goodluck Jonathan is running out of excuses and places to hide.

Azubuike Ishiekwene |

Dispatch

Bildt in a Day

Meet the Swedish foreign minister who isn't afraid to say what he means -- especially if it's about what Washington gets wrong. 

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

Then They Came for the Revolutionaries

Egypt's April 6 movement, which sparked the protests that toppled Mubarak and Morsi, now finds itself in the cross-hairs of the new government.

Bel Trew |

Argument

Grading Egypt's Roadmap Toward Democracy

Is president-in-waiting Abdel Fattah al-Sisi living up to his word?

Nathan J. Brown |

COLUMN

Lethal Perfection

Drones don't botch things the first time.

Matt Bors |

Christian Caryl

How to Win the Information War against Vladimir Putin

The best antidote to propaganda isn't counterpropaganda. It's access to accurate information.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

The Bad Old Days Are Back

From China to Ukraine, the cynical calculus of power politics is alive and well -- too bad Washington doesn't realize it.

Stephen M. Walt |

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

The Myth of Fortress America

The American public doesn’t want to pull back from the world, and a serious read of the poll numbers proves it.

Jon Kyl |

Dispatch

Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood Struggles to Grow

Can the Islamist party thrive in the turbulent politics of post-Qaddafi Libya?

Mary Fitzgerald |