Oct 17, 2012
Longtime Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez’s fourth term as president allows for the continuation of his "socialist revolution," but questions over his health remain a wildcard in assessing Venezuela’s f…
Mar 5, 2014
Since 2006, the Mexican government has been in embroiled in a bloody drug war, which has failed to significantly curb trafficking. The ongoing conflict poses mounting challenges for Mexico, which is …
Apr 18, 2017
The sharp decline in oil prices in recent years has crippled Venezuela’s economy and left the Maduro government teetering on the brink.
May 17, 2017
The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.
Sep 9, 2009
Elections throughout the world in 2012 brought several countries to a crossroads as they struggled with the eurozone debt crisis, the formation of post-Arab Spring governments, and recovery from econ…
Mar 28, 2017
Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government, explains this Backgrounder.
Dec 18, 2013
Child marriage remains widespread in developing countries, disproportionately affecting girls and endangering their lives and livelihoods. Rooted in cultural tradition and poverty, the practice not o…
Feb 3, 2017
Relations between the two Cold War foes have warmed dramatically over the last several years, but some fear the détente may stall during the Trump administration.
South Korea has much to lose if it does not help Southeast Asia address regional flash points such as disputes in the South China Sea.
Jun 9, 2014
Unrest and accusations of police brutality in Brazil’s slums have threatened Rio’s security—and the country’s image—as it comes under a global spotlight with the World Cup, says expert Janice Perlman.