South America


Chavez Rides Again

Make no mistake: Hugo Chávez's victory in Sunday's election marks another step in the erosion of Venezuela's democratic institutions.

Michael Albertus |


Venezuela's Next Inning

Chávez may have won another election, but it's the opposition that should be celebrating.

MIchael Shifter |

Think Again

Think Again: The BRICS

Together, their GDP now nearly equals the United States. But are they really the future of the global economy?

Antoine van Agtmael |

Slide Show

Murder Most Foul

The world's 10 deadliest cities.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

In Box

Prisoners Rule

Welcome to the deadliest city in the deadliest country in the world.

James Verini |

Slide Show

El Jefe

A brief history of Chavismo.

Slide Show |


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 |


Argentina's Deadbeat Mom

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner refuses to pay Argentina's massive debts -- and that's why she has to go.

James K. Glassman |


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 |


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 |

Slide Show

Hugo Chávez's Mega-Mausoleum

The South American strongman is constructing a massive tomb to hold Simon Bolivar's remains ... and perhaps his own, one day.

Slide Show |

In Other Words

Leftist Planet

Why do so many travel guides make excuses for dictators?

Michael Moynihan |


Deadly Aid

How U.S. foreign assistance is helping human rights violators -- and how to stop it.

Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno |


Family Feud

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.

Michael Shifter |

Photo Essay

Rumble in the Jungle

As Brazil takes the lead in bringing infrastructure development to South America, indigenous communities are fighting for their way of life.

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky |


The Bully from Brazil

South America's superpower is shoving its weight around across the continent -- and the natives aren't exactly thrilled.

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky |


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 |


Latin America's Paraguayan Hangover

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

Mac Margolis |


The Shots Heard Round the World

Why conservative economists are aghast at radical reforms by Argentina’s central bank.

Rick Rowden |


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 |


Dancing on the Sand

Why did the environmental movement send 40,000 people to a failed summit in Rio?

Bruce Jones |


The Exclusion Zone

G-20 leaders are out of ideas and out of touch. No wonder their citizens are so angry.

Michael J. Casey |

Failed States

10 Reasons Countries Fall Apart

States don't fail overnight. The seeds of of their destruction are sown deep within their political institutions.

Daron Acemoglu |

The List

Political Fat Cats, Global Edition

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

Joshua E. Keating |

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 |


Down, but Not Out

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

Albert Fishlow |


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 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 |


Doing Right by the World's Women

A conversation with the first female head of the U.N. Development Program on the most pressing issues for women in the developing world.

Margaret Slattery |