Issues / Labor, Trade, & Finance
With development assistance slashed, the face of U.S. diplomacy in the region will more often be wearing a uniform.
The more immediate danger is that as America's soft power crumbles, the White House will lean harder on hard power — with predictably grim results.
Bureaucracy may constrain the worst of Trump and Brexit, but real fixes have to come from the bottom-up.
If Europe's economic situation fails to improve, the far right will be waiting to pounce again with their easy answers: nationalism and racism.
Europeans want to upend politics as usual and the far right is still rising. If the left doesn’t come up with an unusual politics of its own, it will be upended as well.
Trump wants to "renegotiate" trade deals like NAFTA. But there's no evidence he wants to fix their corrosive impact on labor protections or environmental standards.
Opposition violence and the government’s increasing authoritarianism are both to blame.
Are Trump's stumbles a brilliant ploy to "deconstruct the state," a political performance, or actual incompetence?
It's blustery nationalism plus the conventional pieties of the foreign policy establishment.
After a long struggle, El Salvador just proved that with enough civil society support, even a very poor country can stand up to powerful global mining firms.