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February 6, 2020

Americas
Why Can’t Central America Curb Corruption?

Pervasive corruption has long stymied development and fueled emigration from some of Central America’s poorest countries. The recent disbanding of antigraft commissions makes their prospects for refo…

February 5, 2020

Americas
Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Is Stoking Corruption, Not Fighting It

His shady associates and wrongheaded policies are making a bad problem worse.

A demonstrator holds a sign during a march against Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as he delivers his first state of the union in Mexico City, Mexico, September 1, 2019. The sign reads, "#AMLO traitor. Liar. Corrupt. Narco-state".

November 25, 2019

Americas
The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy and has become more assertive in promoting the rule of law, human rights, and fair elections as some states face domes…

A woman holds a Venezuelan national flag reading 'OAS don't leave us alone in the fight' during a march towards the OAS headquarters in Caracas in 2017 after the 47th OAS General Assembly

September 27, 2019

Colombia
A Conversation With President Iván Duque of Colombia

President Duque discusses Colombia’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the economic prospects for the region, and the future of relations with the United States. 

Play Duque

March 18, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Election Disappoints

February’s presidential election does not inspire confidence in the democratic trajectory of Africa’s most populous country.

A young man climbs up a wall plastered with election posters during a rally in Kano to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.

January 9, 2019

Cuba
The OAS Secretary General Tells the Whole Truth About the Cuban Regime

For many years the Organization of American States was a dictators' club, where the rule was "you don't criticize my human rights abuses and I won't criticize yours." And the secretaries-general of t…

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

September 18, 2018

Venezuela
A U.S. Military Intervention in Venezuela Would Be a Disaster

The answer to Venezuela’s crisis is not military intervention. The United States and neighboring countries should instead focus on a widespread diplomatic, financial, and humanitarian response.

Venezuela's Military

July 30, 2018

Mexico
The Coming U.S.-Mexico Blow-Up

On the eve of Mexico’s election, even before the National Electoral Institute called the results, President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to the presumptive victor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference to announce Marcelo Ebrard as foreign minister, in Mexico City, Mexico July 5, 2018.

April 27, 2018

Venezuela
Why Oil Sanctions Against Venezuela No Longer Make Sense

This post is co-written by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker I…

Venezuela's Oil Minister and President of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA Manuel Quevedo attends the event launching the new Venezuelan cryptocurrency "Petro" in Caracas, Venezuela February 20, 2018.