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Fall of the BRICS
Fall of the BRICS
Brazil’s Ruling Coalition Collapses

It’s a big blow to President Rousseff, whose demise mirrors that of Brazil’s economy, the BRICS, and Latin Lefty movements across the continent.

Fall of the BRICS
The Collapse of Brazil’s Economy

With Brazil in crisis, Latin America could make more news in 2016 than it has in some time. Foreign investors, portfolio managers, and diplomats need to be on the alert: Storm warnings are up in Latin America.

Fall of the BRICS
Dilma's Dilemma

In just a year public disapproval of Brazil’s government and of President Dilma Rousseff’s performance has skyrocketed. The Latin American socialist left just can’t catch a break.

Fall of the BRICS
The Country of The Future Still Stuck in the Present

Once again, Brazil seems to have missed an historic opportunity to transform itself and leap into the front rank of world economies. The FT reports that Brazil just had its worst quarterly slowdown in five years, its GDP is shrinking, and investment is drying up. Yet he finance minister did his best to shift the blame by talking about the global economy.

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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.


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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