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Russell Crandall
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.

Reviews
Paper Machinations

The history of money is more than meets the eye: We shape it and then it shapes us.

Reviews
Fidel’s Secret

A history of confidential U.S.-Cuban talks is valuable, but gets the plot line backwards.

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illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.

Europe's Mess

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.

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