Viva el Populismo?

The Tense Future of Latin American Politics

Cynthia J. Arnson and Carlos de la Torre
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a campaign rally on April 6, 2013
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a campaign rally on April 6, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters)
It’s tempting to conclude that Venezuela's ongoing street protests mark the beginning of the end of the Chávez-Maduro regime. But in demanding greater democracy, the Venezuelan protesters have highlighted that their country, like much of the region, has long been divided over the very meaning of the term.

Ukrainian Long Division

Alina Polyakova
By inking a deal with Russia last week, the West seemed to sign on to Russia’s strategy for the region -- “federalism” or, more likely, partition. The agreement itself quickly fell through, but Russia now has the West's acquiescence in writing.

Far Eastern Promises

Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner
The Obama administration’s pivot or rebalancing makes sense; the challenge now is giving it proper form, substance, and resources.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Logic of Positive Engagement

G. John Ikenberry
The book seeks to explain the bias in American foreign policy toward threats and punishments and argues that it is a legacy of the Cold War.
Hisham Aidi

Washington is increasingly worried that European Muslims, alienated from their home countries, could pose a threat to the West. They've decided to mitigate that risk by leveraging the popularity of African American culture -- and of hip-hop music, above all.

A Romanian special forces member disembarks from a helicopter.
Michael O'Hanlon

Should Russia march into eastern Ukraine, the best way to respond would be to set up a permanent brigade of American light forces in the most vulnerable NATO members, namely, the Baltics -- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Ukrainian riot policemen guard the regional administration building in central Donetsk, March 22, 2014.
Maria Popova

Given Ukraine's rule-of-law problems, it is not surprising that one of the Euromaidan protesters’ top demands was for legal reform. Nor is it surprising that the new government in Kiev has focused on clearing out the judiciary and emancipating it from its political subservience. But how it has gone about that will only make Ukraine's problems worse.

Alan B. Sielen

There is no shortage of international recommendations, action plans, and other prescriptions for restoring the oceans’ health. The problem is not ignorance but political will. Yet the longer governments and societies delay action, the worse things will get. Here are some things they can start doing now.

A man works at an illegal oil refinery in Bayelsa, Nigeria, November 2012.
Ricardo Soares De Oliveira

The countries of East Africa are in the early throes of an oil boom, with an unprecedented opportunity for economic development. Unless they avoid the mistakes of those before them, though, the region's governments could easily squander it.

A Syrian refugee looks out from a bus as he arrives near the Turkish border town of Reyhanli in Hatay province, August 9, 2012.
Kemal Kirisci and Raj Salooja

Turkey has maintained a generous open-door policy for Syrian refugees. As Syrian refugees continue to pour into the country, Turkey must address their long-term status within its borders.