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Autocratic Lives Matter? Saudi Arabia and the sovereignty card

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In a time when all politics are global, Riyadh’s tactical tantrum over Canada’s principled human rights stand aims to isolate moral leadership.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
What’s happening in Washington these days makes Richard Nixon seem sane and the democracy of the day look like a well-oiled machine.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The quote ‘What’s past is prologue,’ from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is displayed on the National Archives in Washington. There’s a reason it’s a favourite of military strategists.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård dancing like nobody’s watching, and Pierce Brosnan singing like nobody’s listening, we should all be watching Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on a loop as a serotonin boost.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Can the country that stood against authoritarianism during its last major surge pull the geopolitical equivalent of Stuart Sutcliffe leaving the Beatles and maintain its authority?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With his love of Putin, trolling of NATO, tactical support of China’s ascendancy, and daily degradation of American soft power, Trump is not a political black swan. His presidency is a turning point in a dangerous story.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
History has made us friends. Geography has made us conjoined twins. And Donald Trump has made us co-captives.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Never has a major politician been so adept at the flimflam art of destructive distraction. What’s the con?
Author
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While people continue to share the impact the writer and world traveller had on their lives, his most lasting legacy may be political.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like a mean girl in a high school cafeteria, Donald Trump has now taken his tray and moved to the bully table. Welcome to Thug Prom.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The famously unbiddable Senator has lived a life whose lessons defy, and will outlive, the temporary insanity of America’s current political crisis.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The upcoming Charlevoix summit of major democracies has already taken on the air of a siege disaster movie. It doesn’t have to end badly.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
After more than a year of bad actors hogging the global stage, the marriage of a good one to a prince offers joy amid chaos.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like so many elements of politics, corruption isn’t what it used to be. The Trump presidency is both a product and instrument of a uniquely 21st-century version.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As politics have become colonized by a toxic combination of reality-show drama and covert intelligence tactics, will the guardians of reason catch up?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
There have been chants of 'Nobel' at a rally for President Donald Trump. But will the people of South Korea thank him?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The American matriarch was remembered last week as ‘the first lady of the greatest generation’ but her qualities as a leader were timeless.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The tech revolution has produced a bifurcated culture of industry players who understand how they’re changing society, and regulators who don’t.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With journalism, politics, and democracy all under siege, the Trump administration’s relentless output of reality-show gibberish seems designed to prove the totalitarian tenet that no news is good news.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Fifty years after the civil rights icon was assassinated, it seems everything has changed except the timeless perversion of power.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The display of bravery, unity, and eloquence the world witnessed Saturday on an issue that has paralyzed Washington for decades was also a rebuke to the current chaos in ostensibly grown-up politics.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the Muslim mayor of a major Western capital and a Brexit critic, Sadiq Khan is well-placed to warn of the downsides of technology’s impact on democracy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The chaotic American president’s approach to the protracted conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has been anything but nuanced.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In his most recent addition to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Political Odditorium, the U.S. president is looking to spark a trade war. Maybe Canada should—politely—walk smartly to the nearest exit.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
At 91, and having seen more than her share of anni horribiles, the Queen has earned herself a bit of fun. And Anna Wintour makes the ideal sidekick.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While the U.S. deals with apparent foreign meddling in a presidential campaign that needed no help in degrading public trust, the world airs its discombobulation.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Nearly three decades after his release from prison and 100 years after his birth, Nelson Mandela’s legacy may finally be playing out in the country he transformed.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The comparisons between the U.S.’s current political crisis and Watergate are becoming more obvious. The common denominators involving power and human nature aren’t new.
Ahead of a March election meant to hand Vladimir Putin a fourth term as president, Alexei Navalny is banned but campaigning anyway. Between arrests.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In his first State of the Union address, the combustible president dials down the crazy and makes a classic bid for hope over experience.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As a lying president conducts a daily war against the media in Washington, The Post is a story of how the system would be working if truth weren’t buried under a deluge of nonsense.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
This isn’t the first time in history that an American president has provided material for previously unthinkable parent-child conversations about politics. It is the first time a blanket disclaimer is in order.

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