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May 30, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017

Manuel Noriega died over the weekend, and therein lie many tales. The ancient Latin bromide de mortuis nihil nisi bonum must be stretched to discuss Noriega, who until his capture and jailing by t…

September 8, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

September 24, 2010

Colombia
A Conversation with Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

DONNA HRINAK: Well, good morning, everyone, and welcome -- today's Council on Foreign Relations meeting. I'm Donna Hrinak, and before I introduce our distinguished guest, there are a few administrat…

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July 7, 2021

Latin America
A Socially Conservative Left Is Gaining Traction in Latin America

The electoral strength of the right is pushing Latin America’s leftists away from progressive causes.

Pedro Castillo speaks to a crowd

May 6, 2021

Energy and Environment
U.S.-Canada Pipeline Dispute, Harris and AMLO Talk Migration, and More

A major fuel pipeline from Canada to the United States could be shut down, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) meet virtually to discuss migrati…

Podcast A 42-inch green pipe is moved into position under an existing 26-inch pipe October 3, 2000 in Howell, Michigan, 60 miles north of Detroit. The pipeline will carry natural gas from Canada to the northeastern U.S. The demand for cleaner natural gas, estimated to be growing at 1.8% a year, is requiring more energy infrastructure to be built. At present, the U.S. has 270,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines in place.

April 24, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Trevor Manuel Uses the “Apartheid Card” to Force the Issue of NDP Implementation

This is a guest post by John Causey, a private equity consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in sub-Saharan Africa transactions, with investors mainly from the EU and U.S. The r…

South Africa's Finance Minister Trevor Manuel chats with ruling African National Congress President Jacob Zuma in Parliament in Cape Town during the swearing in of members and the formal election of the country's president, May 6, 2009.

August 16, 2021

Latin America
No U.S. Court Can Make Mexico's Streets Safe

Suing U.S. gun makers may be good law and politics, but that won’t fix Mexico’s police or courts and end its culture of impunity.

Police officers holding shields cross in front of a gas station in Mexico City

August 27, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Five Movies Worth Watching About Foreign-Policy Conspiracies

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about conspiracies in the halls of power. 

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: The Manchurian Candidate (a sketch of a man, a gun, and a queen of hearts card); JFK (a man looks out from a red, white, and blue design); Kill the Messenger (a man with the U.S. Capitol Building reflected in his sunglasses).

March 10, 2009

Monetary Policy
Monetary Nationalism Will Worsen Economic Crisis, Warns New Book by Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds

As a global economic crisis unfolds, a new book by CFR director of international economics Benn Steil and former Salvadoran finance minister Manuel Hinds warns that the incompatibility of globalizati…

November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
U.S.-Mexico Partnership Will Get More Prickly

Beyond his bluster on migration and trade, Donald Trump actually asked little of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. That will change under Joe Biden.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (L) shakes hands with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) during a photo opportunity in Mexico City March 5, 2012.