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Democracy news and analysis from The Nation
May 19, 2017
Trump Is a Cornered Megalomaniac—and That’s a Grave Danger to the Country
He will likely resort to all the tricks of the demagogue as he fights for his survival.
May 17, 2017
In Iran’s Presidential Elections, Reformists’ Hopes Are Limited
They have united many formerly opposed voters—but for now the fight for personal and political freedoms is taking a back seat.
May 16, 2017
Are Trump’s Friendly Overtures to Autocrats a Break With Diplomatic Tradition?
The military bases America keeps in 45 less-than-democratic nations are evidence of our long-standing collaboration with repressive regimes.
May 10, 2017
What Herman Melville Can Teach Us About the Trump Era
He would point out that what plagues us are the sins of the past coming home to roost: America’s tolerance of bigotry and blindness to its own faults.
May 3, 2017
Again, Is the Possibility of a Trump-Putin Détente Really Dead?
“Kremlingate” is said to have killed any prospect for Trump administration cooperation with Putin’s Kremlin, but the May 2 phone talk between the two leaders showed it is still alive.
Stephen F. Cohen
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May 2, 2017
What We Can Learn from Our ‘Radical’ Past
The clashes of the past teach us that we must stay committed to a cause bigger than any one person and be willing to fight for years to come.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
May 2, 2017
Is This Small City the Future of Democratic Engagement in America?
Activists in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have embarked on a nonstop campaign to resurrect the practice of progressive politics in the heart of Trump country.
April 28, 2017
After Turkey’s Referendum, the Clampdown Continues—But Activists Pledge Resistance
“We do not consider these results legitimate and we don’t accept them,” says one opposition leader.
April 18, 2017
Trump to Erdogan: Congrats On Your Dictatorship!
The president’s call to Turkey’s increasingly autocratic leader sends an awful message of disregard for democracy.
April 12, 2017
Turkey’s Fateful Referendum: The Road to Dictatorship?
If it passes this Sunday, the country will adopt a presidential system, but without the checks and balances that constrain President Erdogan’s power.