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February 13, 2018

United States
FA MA 2018 Cover Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” write…

February 2, 2018

Venezuela
Demonstrators rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela in Crisis

President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to consolidate power amid a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis have drawn widespread international condemnation.

February 1, 2018

Mexico
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto stands during the promulgation of the anti-corruption laws at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico July 18, 2016. Mexico's Voters Have Bigger Problems Than Trump

United States institutions have led the charge against corruption and corporate malfeasance in Mexico. But they can’t replace a working homegrown legal system. For all the strides Mexico has made in …

January 25, 2017

China
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto walk out after finishing a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016 (Reuters/Henry Romero). Open Questions about Latin American Relations During the Trump Administration

We know very little about who will run Western Hemisphere affairs under the Trump administration. So far, the only named appointees are Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and National Security Co…

July 2, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria

John Campbell and Matthew Page provide an overview of the politics, history, and culture of Nigeria, including the threat of Boko Haram and religious conflicts.

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, …

January 11, 2018

Brazil
A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil. Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

October 28, 2016

Venezuela
three-factors-driving-venezuelas-impasse-lam Three Factors Driving Venezuela’s Impasse

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] The increasingly dangerous crisis in Venezuela (described in the first post of this series), has been complicated by the political economy o…

October 28, 2016

Venezuela
how-venezuela-got-into-this-mess-lam How Venezuela Got Into This Mess

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] By the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will likely be less than three-quarters of its 2013 size. Inflation is set to increase from 700 p…

September 13, 2015

Leopoldo Lopez , John Kerry, and the Uses of English

In Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced this past week to 13 years and 9 months in prison. Lopez, a successful political leader who threatened the vicious and repressive Venezuelan regime, is Vene…