Latin America


Down, but Not Out

Just because Brazil’s growth rates are slowing, doesn’t mean the doomsayers are right.

Albert Fishlow |

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The World in Photos This Week

France fetes a new president, Spanish activists take to the streets, and Ratko Mladic finally goes to trial.

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The Global Middle Class Is Bigger Than We Thought

A new way of measuring prosperity has enormous implications for geopolitics and economics.

Shimelse Ali |


Burma Can Bring It

It’s true: Burma faces an uphill climb in its transition to democracy. But the odds may be better than you think.

Michael Albertus |

The List

Dictators With Mommy Issues

Some of the world's most ruthless leaders have had surprisingly close -- if deeply troubled -- relationships with their mothers.

Uri Friedman |


Getting Ready for Life after Castro

Managing the transition to a democratic Cuba: A user’s guide.

Jaime Suchlicki |

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The World in Photos This Week

France gets a new president, neo-Nazis make gains in Greece, and Putin hits the ice.

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The List

Where in the World Is Same-Sex Marriage Legal?

It's not just those liberal Northern Europeans who have embraced homosexual unions.

Uri Friedman |


The Ravenous Dragon and the Fruits of Adversity

Academic economists usually air their new ideas first in working papers. Here, before the work gets dusty, a quick look at transition policy research in progress.

Peter Passell |

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The World in Photos This Week

Chen Guangcheng became an icon, demonstrators rallied for May Day, and Newt Gingrich bowed out.

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Interview: A Business-Like Approach to Foreign Aid

A conversation with USAID administrator Rajiv Shah on expanding public-private partnerships and integrating development and emergency intervention.

Samuel Loewenberg |


Away From the Handouts

The argument for a new approach to development aid.

Peter Passell |


The Rubio Doctrine

The potential veep contender makes a decidedly non-Romneyesque statement on foreign policy.

Joshua E. Keating |


Campaign Literature

Barack Obama is much stronger on foreign policy than Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie suggest.

Allison Good |

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The FP Survey: Women in Politics

In a special edition of The FP Survey, top female politicians around the world -- presidents and vice presidents, cabinet secretaries and members of Congress -- told us about the worst cases of sexism in politics and the best ways to bring more women to the negotiating table.

Margaret Slattery |


Mad Libs: Women in Politics

FP asked top female politicians around the world to fill in the blanks on sexism, women leaders, and breaking the glass ceiling.

Alessandra N Ram |

David Rothkopf

The Enemy Within

Since the end of the Cold War, America has been on a relentless search for enemies. But the real dangers are at home.

David Rothkopf |

In Box

A Better Dictator

If you have to live under an authoritarian regime, which kind is best?

Joshua E. Keating |

Terms of Engagement

Latin Lovers' Quarrel

Obama may be well-liked by the people of Latin America, but smiling and waving won't clean up the mess the United States leaves on their table.

James Traub |


The New Narco State

Mexico's drug war is turning Argentina into the new Wild West of the global narcotics trade.

Haley Cohen |


Dirty Laundry

If the West really wants to prevent developing countries from laundering money, it can start by cleaning up its own act.

Peter Reuter |

Christian Caryl

It's Not Just You, America

Economic inequality is today’s hot-button issue -- whether you live in a wealthy country or a poor one.

Christian Caryl |

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The ridiculous media riot over Hillary Clinton's beer in Cartagena.

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The List

Latin Leaders Behaving Badly

Summits in Latin America may not achieve many concrete results, but they sure do keep us entertained.

Uri Friedman |


Needles Into Ploughshares

Want to fight Latin America's drug problem? Try land reform.

Oliver Kaplan |


The G-20 Is Failing

World leaders said they'd reform the world's financial institutions in the wake of the Great Recession, but they haven't met their commitments. We all may pay the price.

Edwin M. Truman |


Treacherous Waters

The latest bad publicity for the global cruise industry is just the tip of the iceberg.

Ross A. Klein |

The Optimist

Sharing the Burden

Why Africa doesn't need your white guilt anymore.

Charles Kenny |

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The World in Photos This Week

The Pope dons a sombrero, French police hunt suspected Islamists, and a Tongan king is laid to rest.

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Of Popes and Potatoes

Can Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Havana offer any hope for the Cuban people?

Yoani Sánchez |