Hardly a day has passed since the US presidential election without a new crack in the Democratic Party. This break already raises important questions: Can President-elect Joe Biden hold on to his party’s energetic left wing for much longer? And what does it mean – to him, his presidency and the country – if he loses progressives?
In the meantime, technology is fundamentally changing the kind of belief that could already be mobilized for the sick in democratic societies. Because of this risk, the world needs new rules for how companies manipulate people’s opinions.
And in Kashmir, parties from across the political spectrum that were once fierce rivals have allied as New Delhi attempts to control the region through hand-picked local activists.
Here are Foreign policy‘s top weekend reads.
1. Why Biden will lose his left – and how that could help him
The incoming US president appears destined to alienate his short-term allies on the left in the near future. But Biden still has a path to moderate success, both in terms of content and politics. Foreign policyJonathan Tepperman writes.
2. The Danger of Persuasion in the Big Tech Age
Democratic societies urgently need an open discussion about the role persuasion plays in them and how technology companies enable powerful interests in order to reach target groups, write Bruce Schneier and Alicia Wanless.
3. Old rivals in Kashmir unite against Modi
The formation of the Gupkar Alliance in Kashmir, whose key parties were formerly sworn enemies, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the politics of the region after India’s attack on the Kashmiri autonomy, write Haziq Qadri and Qadri Inzamam.
4. Biden sees the A-Team. I see the blob.
Biden’s new foreign policy team has received measured praise from experts who rarely, if ever, agree. But there is reason to be skeptical about the national security decisions of the president-elect. Foreign policyStephen M. Walt writes.
5. The pathetic endgame of the Qatar blockade in Saudi Arabia
The result of the long-awaited talks between Riyadh and Doha to end the blockade of Qatar under Kuwait’s mediation fell far short of his expectations – and it was also disappointing for the United States. Foreign policy‘s Anchal Vohra writes.