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Russell Crandall
Poor Mexico
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So Far from God, So Close to Trump

If Trump Administration policy follows Trump campaign rhetoric, the U.S.-Mexico relationship is in deep trouble.

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.

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France 2017

France’s embattled conservative presidential contender, Francois Fillon, says that he will be staying in the race till the bitter end.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Things are heating up in both of China’s maritime disputes.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Money without reform is a bad idea.

Trump's Cabinet

The new EPA head made his career railing against the agency he will now lead.

The Greek Tragedy

Nothing demonstrates the dead end into which the European Union has so tragically worked itself better than the policy paralysis that has crippled its response to the Greek calamity.

Gridlock

Poland and the Czech Republic are collateral damage in Germany’s energiewende.

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