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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 policyThe top weekend is.

President-elect Joe Biden leaves the stage in Wilmington, Delaware on November 16. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

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.

A graphic artist is painting a wall ad for the smartphone manufacturer Apple in Berlin on October 1st. John Macdougall / AFP / Getty Images

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 tech companies enable powerful interests to appeal to target groups, write Bruce Schneier and Alicia Wanless.

Former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti (L), gesticulates with the President of the National Conference of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah (C), along with his son and former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, after meeting in Srinagar in October Kashmir, Omar Abdullah (R). 15thTAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP via Getty Images

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.

Joe Biden will announce his health team members, including his election as Secretary for Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, on December 8, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

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. However, there is reason to be skeptical about the national security decisions of the president-elect. Foreign policyStephen M. Walt writes.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to board his plane at Old Doha International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on November 21, 2020. PATRICK SEMANSKY / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

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 policyAnchal Vohra writes.

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