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 |


Echoes of the Drug War

Even in Mexico's most elite locales, it's impossible to escape the reverberations of cartel violence.   

Christina Larson |


Taxing American Competitiveness

Why is Congress slapping fees on the most productive sectors of the U.S. economy?

Jacob F. Kirkegaard |

Slide Show

Bicentennial Blues

It's Mexico's 200th, but amidst flooding and drug cartel violence, is it the right time to be celebrating?

Slide Show |

Small Wars

This Week at War: If Mexico Is at War, Does America Have to Win It?

What Hillary Clinton's remarks on the drug war mean for U.S. strategy.

Robert Haddick |

In Box


Five places saying "yes, in my backyard" to the nasty stuff that no one else wants.

Sylvie Stein |

Small Wars

This Week at War: Is Mexico's Drug War Doomed?

Learning to live with drug cartels -- and killer robots.

Robert Haddick |

Photo Essay

Blood on the Tracks

Photos from the dangerous journey to El Norte.

Felipe Jácome |

The List

The World's Worst Theme Parks

Where not to take the kids on your summer vacation.

Benjamin Pauker |


Stealing Colombia's Criminals

How extradition is ruining Latin America's courts, robbing victims of justice, and undermining the drug war.

Michael Reed-Hurtado |



Politicians, oilmen, and green-energy boosters love to invoke the idea of energy security. None of them know what they're talking about.

Michael Levi |

Small Wars

This Week at War: Border Wars

What the four-stars are reading -- a weekly column from Small Wars Journal.

Robert Haddick |

Photo Essay

The Magnificent Migrants

Extraordinary photos of ordinary Mexicans.

Dulce Pinzón |


Time to Speak up on Military Abuse in Mexico

When Felipe Calderón comes to Washington this week, his army's troublesome human rights record should be front and center.

José Miguel Vivanco |


Creating New Soldiers in Mexico's Drug War

How U.S. drug policy is making Mexican cartels more deadly.

Marcelo Bergman |

In Box

A Saint for Lost Souls

Mexico's increasingly destitute poor are turning to what the U.S. military calls a "death cult" for comfort.

D.E. Campbell |


Adios, Amigos

How Latin America stopped caring what the United States thinks.

Michael Shifter |

Photo Essay

Planet War

From the bloody civil wars in Africa to the rag-tag insurgiences in Southeast Asia, 33 conflicts are raging around the world today, and it’s often innocent civilians who suffer the most.

Kayvan Farzaneh |


What's Spanish for Quagmire?

Five myths that caused the failed war next door.

Jorge G. Castañeda |


Church and Narcostate

Mexico is at war with violence drug cartels that will stop at nothing to keep their dark trade going. Why is it taking so long for some Catholic clergy to speak out?

Roderic Ai Camp |


Futbol Tragedy

Sooner or later -- and probably sooner -- Mexicans are going to lose one of the few things they have left to brag about: their soccer dominance over the United States.

Andrés Martinez |


Letters: Mexico’s State of Affairs

Arturo Surakhan, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, thinks Sam Quinones's dire assessment of Mexico is dangerously misleading.

Katherine Yester |


2009: The Year America Discovered Mexico

Why is bad news from south of the border suddenly dominating U.S. headlines? Two words: nativism and nostalgia.

Andrés Martinez |


City Hall Fights Back

Mayor José Reyes Ferriz is putting his life on the line to save Ciudad Juárez from drug traffickers.

Monica Maggioni |