South America

COLUMN

This Is What a Leader Looks Like

Why Marina Silva’s message resonates from the Amazon to the Middle East to the White House.

David J. Rothkopf |

In Box

Illegal Alien: A Short History

Undocumented? Unauthorized? Illegal? After 250 years, we're still debating what to call America’s visa-less immigrants.

Jake Scobey-Thal |

Report

Argentine Default Bad Test Case for Sovereign Debt Negotiations

Messy bondholder fight could complicate future defaults.

Jamila Trindle |

Argument

A Short History of Vultures

Long before Argentina’s latest default, there was Elliott Associates L.P. v. Republic of Panama.

Saskia Sassen |

Argument

Inshallah and Ojalá

The lessons of counterinsurgency and nation-building in Colombia can also apply to the Arab world.

James Stavridis |

Argument

The Rights Abuses Uruguay Doesn't Want You to Know About

A small South American country has been making big strides in human rights. But it's still got some work to do.

Debbie Sharnak |

Argument

So Far Away -- and So Close

Why Germans and Argentines have so much in common, even in soccer.

Christian Thiele |

Argument

Avoiding the Messi Curse

For Argentina's soccer team, like its economy, diversification is the key to success.

Mariano Turzi |

COLUMN

The GNOE’s Last Hurrah

Surprise -- there are limits to how well politics and economics can predict World Cup matches.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Don't Win for Me Argentina

The Argentine government’s exploitation of football would make a World Cup victory bittersweet.

Matías Maciel |

Argument

Bye-Bye, Brazil

Brazil’s stunning exit from the World Cup brings its other problems back into focus.

Michael Goodman |

Argument

The Star Who Never Played at the World Cup

Alfredo Di Stéfano was a man without a country who may have played for three.

Alejandro Rebossio |

Argument

What Happened to <i>Picardía</i>?

Argentina has made it to the semifinals of the World Cup without its usual tricks.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Brazilian Soccer Takes a Tumble

Failure in this year’s biggest club competition shows money isn’t everything.

Adam Bate |

Argument

Argentina's Soccer Is More Coherent Than Its Politics

Want to find out what an Argentine politician stands for? Ask him about soccer.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Latin America Leads the Way

Africa was supposed to be the next hotbed of world soccer. It’s not.

Adam Bate |

Argument

T-Rex vs. Navy SEAL

Why innovation-driven Chile might be just the team to beat old-school Brazil.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Participation Gap

Why the problem of inequality isn’t just about differences in income.

Devin Stewart |

Argument

Adapt or Die

National soccer styles still exist. They’re just changing all the time.

Musa Okwonga |

Argument

Colombia Comes out of Its Shell

Globalization has benefited its economy and its soccer, but at what cost?

John E. Rojas |

Argument

Does Anyone Remember the AMIA?

Iran may have been behind a deadly bombing in Argentina two decades ago. Now the two countries meet on the pitch.

Hernán Iglesias Illa |

Argument

It's Time to Give Uruguay Some Respect

Uruguay is building an army of talented expats -- and not just in soccer.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Post-Colonialism on the Pitch

When former colonies face off against their ex-oppressors.

Musa Okwonga |

Argument

Is Playing Soccer in Manaus Worth $800,000 per Minute?

Brazil’s new jungle stadium is days away from becoming a white elephant.

Adam Bate |

Argument

Sex, Samba, Soccer, and... Sustainability?

Brand Brazil can win this World Cup even if Team Brazil doesn't.

Rana Sarkar |

Argument

Is the Screen About to Go Blank for Argentina's Football Godfather?

With bizarre plans for a new league, Julio Grondona is finally showing his age.

Hernán Iglesias Illa |

Argument

Will the World Cup Actually Help Brazil to Solve Its Problems?

If it does, don’t thank FIFA -- thank the protestors.

Shannon O'Neil |

Argument

Why Play the World Cup in a Malaria Zone?

Teams venturing inland in Brazil may have more to contend with than the opposition

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Little Countries That Could

Belgium and Uruguay are ready to reap the dividends of diversity.

Musa Okwonga |

Argument

Colombia Calls a Draw in the War on Drugs

After years of bloodshed, Colombia's government is teaming up with its former rebel enemies to beat the drug problem.

Oliver Kaplan |