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January 25, 2017

China
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…

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).

August 8, 2016

Thailand
Thailand’s Democratic Erosion

The adoption of the junta-drafted constitution is the latest episode in the deterioration of Thailand’s democratic system.

July 28, 2016

Brazil
Teetering at the Precipice: Brazil and the 2016 Summer Olympics

Experts discuss Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment trial, Brazil’s deepening economic recession, the Zika virus outbreak, and other issues facing Brazil as the country prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olym…

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June 30, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Indictment of African Presidential Leadership

In 2016, once again, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has found no retiring African leader qualified for the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African leadership. Mo Ibrahim, a British-Sudanese telecom billi…

Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Indictment of African Presidential Leadership

May 5, 2016

Global Governance
Global Mexico: From Principles to Interests

On this Cinco de Mayo, raise a toast to “Global Mexico.” After decades of defining its international role with reference to the United States, Mexico is looking further afield. The government of Pres…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto looks toward U.S. President Barack Obama during their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2015.

October 28, 2015

Emerging Markets
Currency Crises in Emerging Markets

Projected capital outflows are placing pressure on the currencies of some of the world most dynamic emerging markets. 

Currency exchange in Istanbul

October 8, 2015

Americas
Latin America v. Citizens United

In a post originally published on ForeignPolicy.com, Shannon O’Neil explains what Brazil and the rest of Latin America can teach the United States about keeping unregulated donations out of elections…

Brazil's President Supreme Court's Lewandowski, President Rousseff, Prosecutor-General Janot and Justice Minister Cardozo sing the Brazilian national anthem during the ceremony in Brasilia

October 8, 2015

Americas
Latin America v. Citizens United

In a post originally published on ForeignPolicy.com, Shannon O’Neil explains what Brazil and the rest of Latin America can teach the United States about keeping unregulated donations out of elections…

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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…

August 6, 2015

Cuba
John Kerry, George Shultz, and the Kerry Visit to Cuba

Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon--on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There w…