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November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

Lectern with presidential seal

November 14, 2018

Venezuela
Looking for an Off Ramp for Venezuela

Mexico's Andres Lopez Obrador may be able to play a decisive role in bringing this agonizing chapter of Venezuelan history to an end.

A prorally against U.S President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela August 14, 2017

November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil.

November 1, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s Coming Family Feud

Fiery new populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico could turn an old rivalry toxic.

 Flag bearers carry the Mexican and Brazilian flags out onto the pitch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

September 13, 2015

Leopoldo Lopez , John Kerry, and the Uses of English

In Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced this past week to 13 years and 9 months in prison. Lopez, a successful political leader who threatened the vicious and repressive Venezuelan regime, is Vene…

May 13, 2015

United States
Leopoldo Lopez, Democracy, and the 2016 Presidential Race

Today at the Council on Foreign Relations we hosted Lilian Tintori, the wife of the Venezuelan political leader—and political prisoner—Leopoldo Lopez. With her were Lopez’s father and mother, and his…

October 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant II: More Lessons From Rodrigo Duterte’s Rise

Last week, following Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, when bolson exceeded predictions and won 46 percent of the first round vote, this column exami…

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October 3, 2018

Immigration and Migration
Trump Ignores Latin America’s Biggest Challenges

U.S. administration is coming out on the wrong side of anti-corruption and migration in the hemisphere, with potentially lasting consequences for U.S.-Latin American relations.

Donald Trump Looks Away

December 14, 2016

Defense and Security
The Politics of Proliferation: A Conversation with Matthew Fuhrmann

I spoke with Matthew Fuhrmann, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperatio…

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