Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Trump Derangement Syndrome hastens the death of good story-telling

Jul 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2017 – Fake news, as currently constituted, centers almost entirely on Russians colluding with associates and family members of a New York real estate magnate for the purpose of denying a corrupt and craven political creature the highest office in the land. One who began her career as a sleazy attorney working...

Another former Peruvian president is sent to jail, this time as part of growing corruption scandal

Another former Peruvian president is sent to jail, this time as part of growing corruption scandal

Jul 15, 2017

LIMA, Peru — Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife were in jail Friday after a judge ordered the couple detained for up to 18 months while prosecutors pursue money laundering and other charges against them. Their detention means that two former Peruvian presidents are currently incarcerated — Alberto Fujimori is serving a 25-year...

Brazilian Corruption Steals from Nation’s Poorest

Brazilian Corruption Steals from Nation’s Poorest

Jul 15, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Madeline Asta, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs Brazil is currently facing its worst recession in decades while corruption allegations consume the nation’s attention, moving vital resources away from the country’s most vulnerable. Economic uncertainty and the wave of corruption exposures are causing...

Republics of Murder

Republics of Murder

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Pedro Abramovay RIO DE JANEIRO – Latin America is in the grip of a homicide epidemic. Although the region is home to just 8% of the world’s population, one in three of all homicides occur there; and one in four of all homicides occur in just four countries: Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and Colombia. Of the 25 most murderous...

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Death or Democracy in Venezuela

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Enrique Ter Horst CARACAS – Venezuela’s democratic institutions are in ruins, its coffers are empty, and its citizens are searching for food in garbage dumps. Its people are dying from starvation, from preventable and curable diseases (at much higher rates than the Latin American average), and from violence – including, in...

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Jun 7, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Tobias Fontecilla, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs To download a PDF version of this article, click here.  This interview was originally conducted in Spanish, and translated by the author. Earlier this year, COHA wrote about the ongoing, violent targeting of social leaders and human rights activists in...

Rethinking the Next China

Rethinking the Next China

May 29, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Stephen S. Roach NEW HAVEN – For the past seven years, I have taught a popular class at Yale, called “The Next China.” From the start, the focus has been on the transitional imperatives of the modern Chinese economy – namely, the shift from a long-successful producer model to one driven increasingly by household consumption....

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, a former human-rights lawyer representing the center-left Democratic Party, has his work cut out for him. Though North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior will likely continue to dominate headlines, the success of Moon’s presidency will hinge largely upon...

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

Why Did Trump Accept Venezuela’s Money?

May 5, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Keneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – There is a certain irony in recent news that Venezuela donated a half-million dollars to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration through Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-owned oil company. Venezuela, of course, is a serial defaulter, having done so more times than almost any other country...

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

Protection of Journalists Fails in Latin America

May 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Daniela Pastrana This article forms part of IPS’ coverage of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3 MEXICO CITY, Apr 29 2017 (IPS) – Mexican journalist Cecilio Pineda Brito covered drug trafficking issues in a region of the southern state of Guerrero where criminal groups are extremely...