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August 18, 2009

Immigration and Migration
What to Read on Mexican Politics

What are the 6 books you find most useful in thinking about Mexican politics? Foreign Affairs asked me for my list. I’d be interested in yours…

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March 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mugabe, Qaddafi, and Gbagbo: Strongmen Circling Their Wagons

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island September 27, 2009. (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters) It appears Zimbabwe’s Rob…

Mugabe, Qaddafi, and Gbagbo: Strongmen Circling Their Wagons

July 7, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Reads of the Week: Latin America’s Democracies, Mexican Migration, and More

Venezuelan President Chavez looks on as his Brazilian counterpart Lula da Silva speaks during their meeting at Miraflores Palace in Caracas in July, 2010 (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters). Jorge Doming…

Venezuelan President Chavez looks on as his Brazilian counterpart Lula da Silva speaks during their meeting at Miraflores Palace in Caracas

July 18, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Gun Trafficking to Mexico and the ATF

Reformers say never to waste a crisis -- or a scandal. They certainly have found one with the ATF’s Fast and Furious program, in which bureau officials allowed hundreds of firearms to “walk” across t…

Seized weapons are displayed to the media by the Mexican Navy in Mexico City (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters).

July 28, 2011

Economics
Reads of the Week: a New Peruvian President, a New U.S. Security Directive, and Some Old Lessons from Colombia

As President Ollanta Humala assumes office today, it looks as if he has chosen to emulate Lula rather than Chavez. His cabinet is full of moderates, and some even see it as leaning center-right. Whil…

Peru’s new President Ollanta Humala is sworn in to office in Congress in Lima (Mariana Bazo/Courtesy Reuters).

August 2, 2011

Economics
Pulling Guatemala Back from the Brink

If Guatemalans truly want a more stable and secure future, they will have to start making tough choices. Instead of writing Guatemala off as a lost cause, we should applaud the work of a few courageo…

Pulling Guatemala Back from the Brink

September 12, 2011

Economics
How Guatemala’s New Government Should Take on the Security Challenge

A man holds a symbol of the Patriot Party during a political rally in Solola (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters). Front-runner Otto Pérez Molina won 36% of the vote in first round of Guatemala’s presiden…

A man holds a symbol of the Patriot Party during a political rally in Solola (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters).

October 11, 2011

Human Rights
Venezuela’s Presidential Race

Members of Venezuela's militia and supporters of Venezuela's President Chavez attend a ceremony in Caracas (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters). Today, chances are Hugo Chávez will face off agai…

Venezuela’s Presidential Race

November 8, 2011

Economics
Measuring the Global Middle Class

Shoppers carry an electronic item outside a store in Caracas (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters). As journalists, policymakers, and activists of various stripes and interests focus on the rise of the glo…

Measuring the Global Middle Class

December 20, 2011

Human Rights
Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

  Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt leaves the public prosecutor’s office in Guatemala City (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters).   This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a res…

Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial