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Foreign Affairs Article in Spanish

Immigration Mexico Foreign Affairs Article in Spanish

For those of you who may prefer to read in Spanish, my Foreign Affairs article on Mexico has been translated and appears in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica.

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"The Real War in Mexico: How Democracy Can Defeat the Drug Cartels," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2009

Mexico "The Real War in Mexico: How Democracy Can Defeat the Drug Cartels," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2009

President Obama has recognized that Mexico should be a high priority for his administration. In the issue of Foreign Affairs that hit the newsstands today I argue that U.S. and Mexican interests will be best met if the United States goes beyond the current focus on border control and support for Mexico’s public safety institutions and pursues a more ambitious goal: supporting Mexico’s democracy.

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The Line of Fire

Venezuela The Line of Fire

I wrote the following piece on crime in Venezuela for foreignpolicy.com. Mention violence in Latin America today and most people think of Mexico. But if you want to talk about murder, the region's hot spot is somewhere else entirely: Venezuela.

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Helping Mexico Help Itself

Mexico Helping Mexico Help Itself

I wrote the following for a CFR “expert brief” which originally appeared here. Brazen assassinations, kidnappings, and political intimidation by drug lords conjure up images of Colombia in the early...

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Why Venezuela’s referendum is the least of Hugo Chávez’s Worries

Venezuela Why Venezuela’s referendum is the least of Hugo Chávez’s Worries

This Sunday Venezuelan voters will go to the polls to decide whether elected officials, including President Hugo Chávez, can run for re-election indefinitely. Chávez has thrown the full force of...

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Venezuela's regional elections

Venezuela

Sunday’s regional elections in Venezuela saw a record turnout of 65% of eligible voters. This is high both by Venezuela’s standards (45% of voters came out for the 2004 regional...

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Si se puede!: Obama and the Latino Vote

Immigration Si se puede!: Obama and the Latino Vote

Nearly 10 million Latinos voted last Tuesday, setting a new record. They made up between 8% and 9% of the total vote, slightly more than in 2004. Hispanic votes shares...

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Voting in Venezuela

Venezuela

This Sunday Venezuelans will vote on a referendum comprising 69 changes to the existing Constitution. Many of these push the country further toward Chavez’s 21st Century Socialism, expanding pensions for...

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Visiting Bolivia (part II)

Bolivia

Everyone in Bolivia is focusing on the shift toward “participatory democracy,” from the previous “representative democracy.” Some embrace this change enthusiastically, while others view it warily. What is clear is...

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Why Venezuela and Bolivia aren't leading a region-wide trend

Bolivia Venezuela

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s President Evo Morales are closely linked, and many fear they represent a new trend away from democracy, open markets, and the United States in...

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