Russell Crandall
Paper Machinations

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

Fidel’s Secret

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

South of the Border
The Drug War Divide

The Obama Administration’s more nuanced approach to domestic drug policy has no parallel south of the border, where militarized narco-inanity continues apace.

Picking Up the Pieces
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Colombia’s Catastrophic Success

The U.S. government’s Plan Colombia worked almost despite itself.

Going for the Gold: A Letter from Peru

Speculation has touched off the biggest gold rush in history, and that gold rush is straining Peru's society and environment.

City on a Hill: A Letter from Medellín

There are lessons to be learned from the rejuvenation of this former narco-hellhole of murder and mayhem.

Blow Hard

Evo Morales’ cocaine problem—and ours.

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Daily Feed
Hugging the News Cycle

With the Iraqi government’s move to retake Kirkuk, it’s time for the U.S. to start planning for just how bad things could get.

Counting Carbon

The EIA projects US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fall this year.

European Disunion

In forcing Catalonia to clarify its intentions on independence, Madrid is chipping away at the separatists’ facade of unity.

Development and Its Discontents

A new data dive offers mixed evidence, confirming some prevailing narratives and confounding others.

Echo Chamber Redux

Americans deserve in-depth commentary and analysis about the merits and faults of the Iran nuclear deal. They are not getting it.

Spy Games

Another disturbing chapter in the Obama-era spy wars.

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