Latin America

Argument

No Exit

For the first time in many years, Venezuela’s presidential election is raising the possibility of an electoral defeat for Hugo Chávez. But if he loses, does that mean he’ll go?

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez |

Argument

Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |

Argument

Venezuela's Magical Realist Voters

The key to next month's presidential election may well lie in the hands of a mysterious and nebulous bloc of swing voters.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez |

EXCERPT

Finding the Right Take-Off Speed

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to transition economies. But slow and steady often wins the race.

Justin Yifu Lin |

Dispatch

Hugo and the Hereafter

Is Hugo Chávez's monstrous new mausoleum for his idol, Simón Bolívar, a hint that he may want to be buried there himself?

Peter Wilson |

Argument

You Say You Want a Revolution

Before there was Pussy Riot, there were the Plastic People of the Universe. An FP List of musicians who took on their governments -- and became historical icons.

Charles Homans |

Slide Show

August Heats Up

Follow the events of August 1962, as Cold War tensions continue to unfold in the run-up to the Cuban missile crisis.

Rachel Dobbs |

Slide Show

July in Focus

The events leading up to the Cuban missile crisis as the Soviet military buildup in Cuba gathered momentum exactly half a century ago.

Rachel Dobbs |

Argument

Give Mexico a Chance

It wouldn’t actually be that hard to restore Mexico’s economic fortunes -- if the new president is willing to show some backbone.

Robert Looney |

Argument

Not Quite the Holy Grail

The changing global picture of foreign direct investment.

Peter Passell |

Argument

Latin America's Paraguayan Hangover

Some Latin American leaders have peculiar ideas about what constitutes an assault on democratic principles.

Mac Margolis |

Argument

Mexico's Bright Light

Even as the country around it sinks into a morass of drug-fueled crime, Mexico City has remained surprisingly safe.

Larry Kaplow |

Slide Show

Mexico's Bloody Future

Mexico will elect a new president on July 1, but the violent war on (and between) the drug cartels that President Felipe Calderón began in 2006 shows no signs of diminishing.

Lilian Timmermann |

Argument

Lost Highways

Can Mexico continue its impressive economic growth even as the drug war looks increasingly hopeless?

Malcolm Beith |

Argument

A Campaign About Nothing

Why are Mexico's presidential candidates ignoring the 800-lb. gorilla in the room -- the failing drug war?

Michael Shifter |

Argument

Coups Ain't What They Used to Be

Want to take over the state? You don't need to put tanks in the street anymore.

Joshua E. Keating |

Argument

Chile's Countercyclical Triumph

Though politicians love to talk about saving for a rainy day, not many have actually managed to pull it off. How Chile bucked the trend.

Jeffrey Frankel |

The List

Why Is the U.S. Selling Billions in Weapons to Autocrats?

The export of American arms to countries around the world -- even those actively repressing their own citizens -- is booming.

Zach Toombs |

Argument

A Requiem for Calderon

The outgoing Mexican president had a golden opportunity to change his country for the better -- and he blew it.

Alina Rocha Menocal |

The List

Political Fat Cats, Global Edition

The United States doesn't have a monopoly on money in politics.

Joshua E. Keating |

The List

The Dictator Hunter's Wanted List

9 former autocrats and bad guys that should be made to pay for their crimes.

Reed Brody |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Egypt implodes (again), Greeks head for the polls, and Shiite pilgrims converge on a bloody Baghdad.

Slide Show |

Argument

The Bolivarian Legacy

Hugo Chávez and his leftist allies will leave little behind other than failed economic policies, massive corruption, and shrinking political freedoms.

Douglas Farah |

Slide Show

Saying Mass in Havana

A look at the re-emergence of Catholicism in Cuba.

Slide Show |

Argument

A Failure to Communicate

Why is the Obama administration using its radio station to attack the Cuban Catholic Church?        

Fulton T. Armstrong |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

An  ex-president is convicted, England celebrates, and Angela Merkel feeds a penguin.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

The Dictators Are Smarter Than You Think

Don't count the tyrants out. They've still got plenty of tricks up their sleeves.

Christian Caryl |

The List

Romney: Year One

What would happen if you took Mitt Romney's foreign-policy promises extremely literally?

Daniel Drezner |