Latin America

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 |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Egypt's first free election begins, NASA gets some commercial help, and Chen Guangcheng lands in New York.

Slide Show |

Argument

Down, but Not Out

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

Albert Fishlow |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

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

Slide Show |

Argument

The Global Middle Class Is Bigger Than We Thought

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

Shimelse Ali |

Argument

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 |

Argument

Getting Ready for Life after Castro

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

Jaime Suchlicki |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

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

Slide Show |

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 |

Review

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 |