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December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

December 26, 2017

Americas
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Populism Looms Over Latin America's Election Year

In 2018, nearly two out of every three Latin Americans will head to the polls to elect new leaders, and the fight against corruption will be high on their agenda. The surge to throw the bums out coul…

December 26, 2017

Trade
A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil. Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

November 24, 2015

Europe and Eurasia
How Low Can Mario Go? How Low Can Mario Go?

In September 2014 the European Central Bank lowered its deposit rate to an all-time low of -0.2 percent, after which ECB President Mario Draghi declared that rates were “now at the lower bound.” W…

July 5, 2017

Global Governance
Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters What's at Stake at the G20 Summit

Will the leaders' gathering in Hamburg find consensus on pressing global economic issues? Experts from many of the group's member states assess prospects.

June 27, 2017

South America
Rodrigo Garrido South America's Turn to Deadlock

Scholars of Latin America spent much of the first decade of this century discussing the causes and consequences of the region's turn to the left, under Venezuela's Chávez, Argentina's Kirchners, Braz…

June 2, 2017

Brazil
Judge Barroso Brazil’s Most Underreported Reform Battle

With all of the turbulence in Brazil, observers can be forgiven for ignoring a potentially paradigm-shattering initiative that picked up speed last month: reducing politicians’ court privileges. So…

February 22, 2018

Economics
Play World Economic Update 2018 World Economic Update

The World Economic Update highlights the quarter’s most important and emerging trends. 

December 15, 2016

Americas
July 28, 2016 (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo). Latin America’s Wide-Open Electoral Season

Half of the eighteen nations of Central and South America will hold presidential elections over the next two years.[1] The number of elections is not unprecedented, but the degree of uncertainty is, …

October 18, 2016

Americas
latin-americas-populist-hangover-lam Latin America’s Populist Hangover

In my piece published in the November/December 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, I lay out the economic and political characteristics of populism, analyze why it is receding in Latin America today, and …