Undemocratic coups come in many forms. Not all of them are violent, seemingly disorganized uprisings – the ‘standard’ coup, so to speak. Many (especially in recent times) are engineered from abroad. Still others are carried out through legal means. Legal structures are often twisted and abused to attain political ends. They are often used to […]

Some argue that the historical and current bloodshed of Western imperialism has transformed the English language into a universal tool of communication. Through centuries of colonialism, neocolonialism, Cold War expansionism, and, most recently, globalization, the West has spread its preferred systems of capitalism, democracy, and moral values. The British, until the beginning of the 20th […]

At times called the “Switzerland of Latin America,” Costa Rica boasts thriving industrial and tourism sectors, a robust universal health care system, and a stable democratic government. While neighboring countries struggle with crime, gang violence, and government corruption, Costa Rica has emerged as a regional leader in maintaining domestic stability and rule of law. Its […]

The post of Secretary General of the UN, perhaps the most symbolically important leadership position in the international community, is changing hands for the first time in over a decade. Under the leadership of Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the UN and the world faced new conflict and resolved old. Today, climate change, conflicts in […]

Brazil’s Bolsa Família has dutifully served as the flagship of Brazilian social welfare since its christening in 2003. The conditional cash transfer program was captained by President Luiz Ignácio Lula de Silva, who himself was born into rural poverty. Lula’s place at the helm of Bolsa Família seemed to symbolize the passage of political power into the hands of the Brazilian citizenry. But today, as Lula fights […]

Panama City is an intersection. It lies between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; between jungles and man-made waterways; between colorful colonial Spanish architecture and towering skyscrapers; and between history and modernity. The city is defined by its contrasts but known for its growth. Just over one hundred years since the construction of the Panama Canal […]

On Sunday, October 2, the Colombian people rejected a peace treaty signed by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). A culmination of four years of bilateral negotiations in Cuba, the treaty was intended to end a more than 50-year armed conflict between the socialist guerrilla group and the government, a […]

Brazil has become a nation defined by political backlash. Since early 2014, a regional Brazilian judge named Sérgio Moro has risen to domestic renown and international fame as the face of an investigation that has uncovered a web of corruption throughout Brazil, implicating those in the loftiest positions of Brazilian political and business life. From […]

Last week, President Obama made modern history by becoming the first sitting president since Calvin Coolidge to set foot on Cuban soil. Since the end of 2014 when Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, finalized negotiations to normalize relations, speculation that Obama would visit Cuba had been widespread. The president’s visit signals a major […]