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?
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner refuses to pay Argentina's massive debts -- and that's why she has to go.
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.
The key to next month's presidential election may well lie in the hands of a mysterious and nebulous bloc of swing voters.
The South American strongman is constructing a massive tomb to hold Simon Bolivar's remains ... and perhaps his own, one day.
How U.S. foreign assistance is helping human rights violators -- and how to stop it.
Meet the president of Peru. His brother's in prison, his dad thinks he's a traitor, and almost everyone says his wife calls the shots. But he might still have a chance to turn the country around.
As Brazil takes the lead in bringing infrastructure development to South America, indigenous communities are fighting for their way of life.
South America's superpower is shoving its weight around across the continent -- and the natives aren't exactly thrilled.
It wouldn’t actually be that hard to restore Mexico’s economic fortunes -- if the new president is willing to show some backbone.
Some Latin American leaders have peculiar ideas about what constitutes an assault on democratic principles.
Why conservative economists are aghast at radical reforms by Argentina’s central bank.
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.
The export of American arms to countries around the world -- even those actively repressing their own citizens -- is booming.
Why did the environmental movement send 40,000 people to a failed summit in Rio?
G-20 leaders are out of ideas and out of touch. No wonder their citizens are so angry.
States don't fail overnight. The seeds of of their destruction are sown deep within their political institutions.
The United States doesn't have a monopoly on money in politics.
Don't count the tyrants out. They've still got plenty of tricks up their sleeves.
Just because Brazil’s growth rates are slowing, doesn’t mean the doomsayers are right.
It’s true: Burma faces an uphill climb in its transition to democracy. But the odds may be better than you think.
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.
A conversation with the first female head of the U.N. Development Program on the most pressing issues for women in the developing world.
Barack Obama is much stronger on foreign policy than Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie suggest.
The Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs get all the attention. But they're not the only female leaders running the world.
"The biggest company you never heard of," as Reuters once put it, Glencore does business in dozens of countries on every continent except Antarctica. Here's a snapshot of this global empire -- and some of its murky local alliances.
Thirty-five years after the "Dirty War," a trial in Argentina is still struggling to shed light on a bloody legacy.