Lost Highways

Can Mexico continue its impressive economic growth even as the drug war looks increasingly hopeless?

Malcolm Beith |


The Fast and the Ridiculous

The conspiracy theories over the controversial ATF gun-tracking program are flying, and not just in GOP chambers. In Mexico, it's taken as fact that the United States is backing the drug cartels.

James Verini |


The Most Powerful Women You've Never Heard Of

The Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs get all the attention. But they're not the only female leaders running the world.

FP Staff |

In Box

A Better Dictator

If you have to live under an authoritarian regime, which kind is best?

Joshua E. Keating |


Dirty Laundry

If the West really wants to prevent developing countries from laundering money, it can start by cleaning up its own act.

Peter Reuter |


Needles Into Ploughshares

Want to fight Latin America's drug problem? Try land reform.

Oliver Kaplan |

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 |


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 |


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 |


Off the Beaten Path

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

Jeffrey Frankel |


¿El Presidente?

Mitt Romney could be the first Latino president. So why is he blowing it?

Larry Kaplow |

In Box

The Stories You Missed in 2011

10 events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2012.

Joshua E. Keating |


Gateway Interventions

Drones along the Mexican border, commandos in Central America -- the war on drugs looks more than ever like a real war. But do Americans have any idea what they're getting into?

James Poulos |


The LWOT: Al-Qaeda no. 2 reported killed in Pakistan

Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on or get it delivered directly to your inbox -- just sign up here.

Jennifer Rowland and Andrew Lebovich |

Slide Show

Packing Heat

Guns don't need passports to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Slide Show |


The Fog of Mexico's Drug War

After one of the worst attacks on civilians ever, President Felipe Calderón shows exactly why he can't win the war he started.

Malcolm Beith |

The Optimist

Slim Pickings

Mexico is the most staggeringly unequal society on the planet -- but it doesn't have to stay that way.

Charles Kenny |

Small Wars

This Week at War: Outsourcing the Drug War

Can U.S. private contractors turn the tide in Mexico's violent drug war?

Robert Haddick |

Slide Show

Let's Go Mexico!

It's not all doom and gloom south of the border.

Slide Show |

The List

The World's Most Dangerous Borders

Thirteen places you don't want to be stuck at.

Philip Walker |


Legalizing Drugs Won't Stop Mexico's Brutal Cartels

Like all good multinational businesses, they've diversified.

Elizabeth Dickinson |


Marketing a 'Miracle'

Has Medellín's resurgence been oversold?

Passport Administrator |


The Trouble With the BRICs

Why it's too soon to give Brazil and India permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council.

Jorge G. Castañeda |

In Box

Qué pasa, China?

Why China's boom might take a siesta.

Joshua E. Keating |

Slide Show

The Unfree World

Freedom House's 2011 list highlights an ongoing democratic decline.

Slide Show |


The Serpent King

How a notorious Malaysian wildlife smuggler was brought to justice -- and what it tells us about stopping the world's most profitable black market.

Bryan Christy |

Photo Essay

Year of the Dead

With nearly twice as many killings as last year and violence spreading across the country, 2010 was the worst year on record for Mexico's hyperbrutal drug war.

Photo Essay |


Mexico's Forever War

Four years into Mexican President Felipe Calderón's assault on the drug cartels, all his country has to show for it is skyrocketing violence. It's time for a different strategy.

Kevin Casas-Zamora |


An Open Letter from El Diario

Ciudad Juárez's daily newspaper explains Mexico's conflict, beseeches the United States to change its policy, and mourns the deaths of its own.

Osvaldo Rodríguez Borunda |