Latin America

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

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

Slide Show |

Argument

Of Popes and Potatoes

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

Yoani Sánchez |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

A tragedy in Toulouse, spring has sprung, and a general testifies.

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Argument

Biden to Latin America: Drop Dead

The laws of economics show why the United States has little chance of victory in the war on drugs.

Peter Passell |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Obama takes a basketball break with buddy David Cameron, Japan marks the earthquake anniversary, and a couple of bridges take a beating.

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Argument

Argentina's Dubious Boom

Argentina's economy has been coasting on its past successes. Don't be fooled.

Robert Looney |

Argument

No Teacher Left Behind

The good news is that more kids are in school, and for longer, than ever before. But if we want them to actually learn something, it's time to focus on the teachers.

Charles Kenny |

David Rothkopf

The Iceman Leadeth

The cool diplomacy of Barack Obama.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

Will the Good BRICS Please Stand Up?

You can call them respectable democracies, but India, Brazil, and South Africa will be judged by how they act abroad. And on the Syria question, it's been shameful.

James Traub |

Dispatch

Is Iran's New Spanish Channel a Threat?

Not if its inauspicious debut is any guide.

Girish Gupta |

In Other Words

How García Márquez Explains<br>Latin America

(And Roberto Bolaño and Tomás Eloy Martínez.)

Edmundo Paz Soldán |

Argument

Mind the Gap

Inequality is an increasing problem around the world. But there are cures.

Peter Passell |

Dispatch

Winning Ugly in Venezuela

How Hugo Chávez is painting his opponent as a gay, Zionist Nazi out to destroy the country. 

Peter Wilson |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Remembering a fallen journalist, protests hit Afghanistan, and Carnival around the world.

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Dispatch

In Mexico, An Activist Says Her Farewells

For more than a decade, Norma Andrade has been working to defend Mexico’s women from violence. Now she’s decided to get out.

Larry Kaplow |

Argument

Off the Beaten Path

Some of the best economic innovations come from places you wouldn't expect.

Jeffrey Frankel |

Argument

The Sick Man of Europe Is Europe

A new study shows Europe's power waning -- and if the continent doesn't get its act together soon, it could put the global order in serious jeopardy.

Justin Vaïsse |

Argument

Embarrassment of Riches

Natural resources would seem to promise easy money. Welcome to the dark side.

Peter Passell |

Argument

The Debate the GOP Didn't Have in Florida

Instead of repeating tired applause lines about Fidel Castro, here are the vital Latin American issues the Republican candidates should be talking about.

Michael Shifter |

Christian Caryl

Guns and Butter

Countries around the world are finding that military involvement in private business is a major barrier to reform. But pensioning off CEOs in uniform is easier said than done.

Christian Caryl |

Review

Girl Power and the Fragility Trap

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 |

Slide Show

Haiti's 1 Percent

A look at the lives of plenty in the land of the poor.

Arnaud Robert (Text) |

Dispatch

The Skyscraper Slums of Caracas

How Hugo Chávez built a squatter city in his backyard.

Peter Wilson |

The List

War Dogs, Boomtowns, and Dead Dictators

Foreign Policy’s most popular photo essays of 2011.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Slide Show

To the Barricades

From Tahrir Square to Wall Street to the Kremlin, 2011 was a year when politics was conducted in the street.

Slide Show |

Photo Essay

Next Year, in Review

From the fall of Ahmadinejad, Assad, Castro, and Chavez to the rise of cyberattacks -- the top 13 stories that could dominate the headlines in 2012.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Rise of the TIMBIs

Forget the BRICs. The real economies that will shake up the world over the next few decades need a new acronym.

Jack A. Goldstone |

The List

Head of the Class?

From Harvard to Pacific Western, a look at the sometimes surprising U.S. universities that have educated today’s new crop of world leaders.

Uri Friedman |

Argument

Look South, Not East

The Obama administration is turning to Asia for the defining competition of the next century. But if the United States actually wants to win, it'll need Latin America.

Parag Khanna |

Dispatch

Sins of Commission

After nine years, the alleged al Qaeda mastermind of the USS Cole bombing is finally getting his day in court. But does anyone still think a military commission at Gitmo is a fair trial?

Laura Pitter |