Venezuela’s political instability is causing China to reevaluate its financial investments in the country, the loss of which would be devastating to the South American nation’s fragile economy.
Attention to technological disruption has distracted observers from the fact that politics continues to be the most disruptive force of all in the oil and gas markets.
Democracy support from rising democracies has moved forward, but not as quickly or decisively as some Western democracy supporters had initially hoped.
As Venezuela sinks deeper into the Western Hemisphere’s most intractable political and economic crisis, the time has come to ask some hard questions about how the Chávez regime could have conned so many international observers for so long.
The issue of corruption should be central to foreign and international trade policy development and should inform the way U.S. assistance—military as well as civilian—is shaped.
In countries with compounded violence, political elites enjoy extreme privilege and the state apparatus becomes highly politicized. Reducing such violence follows a spiral, not straight line, trajectory.
Latin American governments need to do more to help Venezuela overcome its worst political and economic crisis in more than a decade.
Only when democracy became real after the new constitution could Colombians retake their state, reverse the corruption, and elect independent candidates who, in turn, paved the way for U.S. security assistance to make a difference.
There is a large unfinished agenda in the integration of the North American economy, a gap which TPP could help fill.
The global nuclear order appears increasingly tense, primarily because many states feel that the structure and distribution of benefits is unjust. Among the states that will determine how the nuclear order will adapt, Argentina, Brazil, China, India, and Pakistan are particularly important.