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Russell Crandall
Letter from La Paz
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The Evo Morales Hangover

There’s a growing sense both inside and outside Bolivia that Evo Morales’s end is coming. The big question is whether he will go without a fight.

Letter from Arequipa
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Mario Vargas Llosa and His Authoritarians

What Conrad achieved in Nostromo, Vargas Llosa matches in Cinco Esquinas, which describes 1990s Peru under strongman President Alberto Fujimori and his Rasputin-like palace adviser.

Venezuela on the Brink
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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maduro?

In a country where schoolchildren draw pictures of food instead of eating it, getting rid of the foul, corrupt President would be a step in the right direction. But only a step.

U.S.-Israel Relations
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Terms of Estrangement

An insider’s account of the Obama Administration’s rocky relationship with Israel gives pointers on how the relationship might be conducted in the future.

Narcos
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Cocaine’s Trail of Blood

Tracking the cocaine trade back to its heart in Colombia.

South of the Border
Syria in Our Backyard?

Central America’s gang crisis is our crisis.

Letter from Cúcuta
Daniel Black
After the Peace

Life in Colombia’s contraband capital points to the problems that will remain after the country concludes its peace accord with the FARC.

Ganglands
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Latin America’s gangs terrorize its citizens and corrode its institutions. The rest of the world should beware their influence.

Occupiers or Liberators?
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Beware Nation Builders

Alan McPherson’s nuanced account of U.S. interventions in Latin America in the 20th century provides a vital perspective on more recent American adventures abroad.

American Strategy
Ain’t It Grand?

A new look at American grand strategy after World War II scores the successes and failures of the presidents’ master plans.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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