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January 19, 2015

Iran
Argentina and Iran: The Strange Death of Alberto Nisman

Today in Buenos Aires, Alberto Nisman was found dead. Who was he and why does it matter? Nisman was the official charged with investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos…

April 11, 2018

Peru
Martin Vizcarra speaks after being sworn in as Peru's President at the congress building in Lima, Peru, March 23, 2018. Can Peru’s President Chart a New Path?

President Martín Vizcarra could be the man to break the thirty-year long corruption chain, but first, he must master the nearly impossible political terrain that undid his predecessor.

March 10, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Final Yet Again, No Mo Ibrahim Prize Awarded

In February, the Ibrahim foundation announced that, yet again, it would not be awarding it’s famed Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese telecom billiona…

May 12, 2016

Peru
The Significance of Peru’s June 5 Election

While the world is distracted by Brazil’s impeachment drama, Venezuela’s impending meltdown, and Cuba’s promising détente with Washington, a potentially significant election campaign is underway in P…

April 15, 2016

Americas
People walk past campaign electoral signs of Peru's presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori in Cuzco, Peru, April 11, 2016 (Reuters/Janine Costa). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Peru’s Elections, Corruption Arrests, and Panama Papers Response

Peru’s Presidential Candidates Head to Second Round On June 5, Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, will face former finance minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in Peru’s pr…

March 22, 2016

Cuba
Burying Cuba

President Obama’s speech to the Cuban people today included many nice lines about democracy and human rights. But the ideological content was found in this line, early in the speech: "I have come he…

January 1, 1998

State and Local Governments
The City and the World

At first glance, a study on cities and foreign policy may seem a bold leap into the future of international relations, but it represents, rather, a giant step into the present—into what is already ta…

March 17, 2016

Cuba
Senator Menendez Speaks About the Obama Visit to Cuba

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Menendez (D, NJ) delivered a long and heartfelt statement on the floor of the United States Senate about Pres. Obama’s  forthcoming visit to Cuba. The entire text is copied b…

August 17, 2015

Cuba
Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?

Secretary of State Kerry traveled to Havana to raise the flag at the U.S. Embassy there last week. As has been noted here in this blog and in many news articles and columns, no dissidents or human ri…

October 31, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Mexico on the Road to 2012 Mexico on the Road to 2012

Peña Nieto, outgoing Institutional Revolutionary Party governor in the State of Mexico, is silhouetted against the national flag before delivering his sixth and final state report in Toluca (Courtesy…