Maduro Survives Because of Russia and Cuba

Jun 13, 2019

As long as Cuba and Russia are ready and willing to prop up Maduro, there may be no clean way out of the mess in Venezuela. On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for the people and military of Venezuela to rise up and oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro. This action...

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse
May 30, 2019

Venezuela Crisis: Nicolás Maduro Has Made a Bad Situation Worse

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil’s Universities
May 21, 2019

Jair Bolsonaro Has a New Enemy: Brazil's Universities

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America
May 13, 2019

US Can No Longer Rely on Its Historic Clout in Latin America

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

In What Seems Like an Endless Nightmare, Maduro Clings on to Power

May 10, 2019

Many analysts agreed that once the military withdrew support for the flailing regime in Caracas, the fall of Bolivarian socialism would be unavoidable, perhaps a matter of days or weeks. Political analysts have been expecting Nicolás Maduro’s imminent downfall for quite some time now....

Affordable Childcare Is a Public Need

Affordable Childcare Is a Public Need

Apr 29, 2019

Raising children is not what it used to be.  Women and men on track to becoming parents must face the prospect of increasing costs of quality childcare. This is true for developed nations, but no less predictable in low-income countries as well. Raising children is not what it used to...

What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the “Troika of Tyranny”?

What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the "Troika of Tyranny"?

Apr 26, 2019

If you’re in the market for a troika of tyranny, Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo certainly fit the bill. Or, if you’d rather focus on countries, not individuals, you might single out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt as the three most likely candidates. Perhaps, if...

Will Evo Morales Win Again in Bolivia?

Will Evo Morales Win Again in Bolivia?

Mar 21, 2019

Evo Morales' re-election bid will be a referendum on his current administration. Evo Morales, the president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is currently in his 13th year in office, with aspirations of remaining until 2025. He is the longest consecutively serving head of state in Latin...

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

US Intervention Will Make Things Worse in Venezuela

Mar 12, 2019

No matter how bad the situation is in Venezuela, a US military response will only make matters worse for the Venezuelans. It may be foreign adventure time again for the good old USA. With troops being pulled out of Syria and Afghanistan after successfully “vanquishing” the enemy and the...

Can Mexico Change Its Approach to Corruption?

Can Mexico Change Its Approach to Corruption?

For López Obrador, corruption is not part of Mexico’s culture. To this day, one of the most serious challenges to Mexico's public service is the prevalence of corruption among officials. At all levels of government — federal, state and municipal — this barrier has proved to be enduring...

Donald Trump Is the Real National Emergency

Donald Trump Is the Real National Emergency

Feb 18, 2019

America’s national emergency is not on its southern border, but rather in the White House in the form of its inept president. On February 15, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to appropriate the funds needed to build a wall on America’s southern border with...

Why a Car Bomb in Northern Ireland Should Worry Colombia

Why a Car Bomb in Northern Ireland Should Worry Colombia

Feb 11, 2019

A warning to Colombia is that peace, even after 20 years, is not guaranteed. Colombians are just beginning to recover after a car bomb, planted by the country’s last remaining guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), detonated in the capital city of Bogotá on January 17. The...

Have Chavistas Backed Themselves into a Corner?

Have Chavistas Backed Themselves into a Corner?

The desire for change has rarely been this strong in Venezuela. On January 10, Nicolás Maduro staged a swearing-in ceremony that he hoped would legitimize the beginning of his second six-year term as Venezuela’s president. After succeeding the late Hugo Chávez, Maduro won a special election...

Is the Time Up for Nicolás Maduro?

Is the Time Up for Nicolás Maduro?

Feb 06, 2019

After a few years preaching in the wilderness, Venezuela’s democratic forces found a new energy with Juan Guaidó. Until January this year, Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s strongman, seemed to have overcome all the obstacles in his battle for political survival. Appointed by Hugo Chávez —...

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