Latin America & Caribbean
War, Peace, and Prosperity

War, Peace, and Prosperity

World news headlines over the last few months have featured more diplomatic initiatives than body counts. Ongoing conflicts in Syria, Egypt, Central African Republic, and elsewhere still provide violence vultures with ample stories. But high-stakes negotiations with...

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How the UN Can Ignore 8,000 Deaths in Haiti

How the UN Can Ignore 8,000 Deaths in Haiti

Since its independence in 1804, Haiti has suffered from a multitude of ailments—poverty, corruption, instability—common among the developing countries of the world. However, cholera was not one of them. Cholera is an infection of the small intestine that is contracted...

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SOTU: Obama Grades His Foreign Policy

SOTU: Obama Grades His Foreign Policy

In a State of the Union address that stretched upwards of 7,000 words, President Barack Obama devoted around 1,300 to issues of war of peace. When there's not an axis of evil to confront or an open-ended war on tyranny to proclaim (and thankfully, there was neither),...

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Colombia: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

Colombia: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

President Barack Obama brimmed with optimism after he met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the White House last December. Obama lauded Colombia’s “tremendous progress” over the past decade and praised Santos for his peace talks with the Revolutionary...

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Clouds over Honduras

Clouds over Honduras

This article is a joint publication of  Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com. Honduras’ new president, Juan Orlando Hernández, takes office on January 27. However, given ongoing questions about his victory in November’s election, the legitimacy of Hernández’s...

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Overpopulation Makes a Mockery of Citizenship

Overpopulation Makes a Mockery of Citizenship

In his highly acclaimed book World Without Us (Picador, 2008), Alan Weisman  speculated on how the earth would fare in our absence (even worse … then much better, thank you). In his most recent book, Countdown (Little, Brown and Company, 2013), Weisman chronicles the...

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

Reasons To Be Cheerful

The beginning of a new year is when optimism courses through the blood. Even in the foreign policy realm of dreary realism and apocalyptic musings, January is when pundits and policymakers entertain temporarily vaulted hopes that wars can be stopped, deals negotiated,...

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