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October 19, 2020

Election 2020
How Will U.S. Elections Be Judged by Other Democracies?

The 2020 U.S. election is threatened by pandemic-related disruptions as well as long-standing weaknesses that could undermine its legitimacy. How will international election observers judge the proce…

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Right-Wing Extremists: A Looming Threat to the U.S. Election

Heavily armed, right-wing groups are poised to rebel against the election if President Trump loses, an extraordinary danger to U.S. democracy.

A member of the far-right Proud Boys stands at a demonstration in Portland.

September 25, 2020

United Kingdom
What’s Going On With Brexit?

The United Kingdom and European Union are engaged in another bout of Brexit brinkmanship, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushing a bill that would undo their previous agreement. Here’s what to kno…

September 10, 2020

China
How China Ramped Up Disinformation Efforts During the Pandemic

Beijing has increased its manipulation of information as well as disinformation efforts around COVID-19 to damage democracies and boost itself, but its strategies have had mixed results.

June 5, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Photos: How George Floyd’s Death Sparked Protests Worldwide

A U.S. police officer’s killing of George Floyd has sparked protests around the world against racial injustice and police brutality.

August 26, 2020

Demonstrations and Protests
Tear Gas and the Politics of Protest Policing

Tear gas is banned in international warfare, and its health risks are well-documented. Still, it remains a crowd-control agent of choice for police worldwide.

August 24, 2020

China
Does Chinese State Media Pose a Threat to the United States?

The White House has taken a tough approach to Chinese state media, but its actions may prove counterproductive.

A large screen in New York City's Times Square reads "Xinhua Screen Media."

August 12, 2020

Mali
What to Know About the Crisis in Mali

Opposition supporters, fed up with a corrupt political system, lack of economic opportunity, and continued violence, are demanding the president’s resignation.

August 11, 2020

Iraq
Iraq’s New Government: What to Know

Iraq’s new prime minister has formed a government in the hope of uniting the country’s factions, but challenges in combating corruption, powerful militias, and foreign influence loom.

July 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Did Iran Suffer a Nuclear Setback?

An explosion has caused heavy damage to an Iranian nuclear facility just as the country approaches a bold new energy partnership with China, but Iran shows no signs of slowing down its nuclear progra…