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A Colombian anti-drugs police officer arranges packages of cocaine to be shown to the press on May 29, 2013, in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Anti-narcotics unit of the National Police seized 1,4 tons of cocaine during an operation called "Republic 41". Authorities said the drug would be sent to Guatemala and belonged to the criminal gang "Los Rastrojos". AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States is Losing the War on Drugs in the Americas

Eradication and interdiction are not foreign impositions, but essential pillars of any counternarcotics strategy, augmenting and working in concert with prevention and treatment-oriented policies.  

Members of the Venezuelan community in Argentina protest against the election for a "Constituent Assembly", in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2017 as Venezuela holds 
A controversial vote in Venezuela championed by beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro sparked an escalation of deadly violence, with half a dozen people reported killed and troops and protesters attacking each other in Caracas and elsewhere. / AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNI        (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)

Maduro Claims Victory, But Opposition Claims Voter Fraud

Venezuela vote for a Constituent Assembly sparks unrest, draws criticism

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Bashar al-Assad’s Son Flunked a Math Competition in Brazil Last Week

The self-described “normal kid” secured a coveted spot on the Syrian national Math Olympiad team.

Opposition activists demonstrating against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro clash with riot police in Caracas on June 26, 2017. 
A political and economic crisis in the oil-producing country has spawned often violent demonstrations by protesters demanding Maduro's resignation and new elections. The unrest has left 75 people dead since April 1. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA        (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Needs to Apply More Pressure to Venezuela’s Allies in the OAS

An annual meeting of the Organization of American States came and went without any action on crisis-torn Venezuela.

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Brazil Has Become a Gangland

With the country’s politics plagued by scandal and corruption, Brazil’s gangs are fighting a deadly and brazen turf war — inside and out of the broken prison system.

FARC guerrillas march in column during a review at their camp in the Transitional Standardization Zone in Pondores, La Guajira department, Colombia on April 3, 2017.
The Colombian government reported that the FARC guerrillas provided a total list with the names of the 6,084 members of the rebel group who have gathered in 26 "standardization zones" across the country, where they are building accomodations that will house them until the end of the disarmament process, outlined in the peace agreement reached in November 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Joaquin Sarmiento        (Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombia’s Tenuous Peace Needs U.S. Support

Donald Trump must help Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos keep the peace.

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The New Jersey Chemical Spill That Could Pollute U.S.-Argentine Relations

Argentina wants a fresh start with Washington. But the legal battle over a polluted New Jersey river could spoil those plans.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos addresses the opening the XXX International Book Fair of Bogota on April 25, 2017 in Bogota, Colombia.
The nation of France and its contribution to literature is the fair's guest of honor this year. / AFP PHOTO / RAUL ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Have a Plan for Colombia?

A conversation with Juan Carlos Pinzoń, the Colombian ambassador to the United States.

Mexican members of different social organizations march in support of President Nicolas Maduro in Mexico City on April 19, 2017. 
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the White House is "closely" and "concerned" about the situation in Venezuela, where supporters and opponents of the government are carrying out massive street demonstrations in a tense environment. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Approach in Venezuela is Paying Off

Applying the North Korea playbook to Venezuela would offer a lifeline to the autocrat.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 27: Members of group Educafro protest in silence in front of the Presidential Palace on favor of the racial quota policies on June 27, 2012 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Peter Francia/News Free/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Brazil’s New Problem With Blackness

As the proudly mixed-race country grapples with its legacy of slavery, affirmative-action race tribunals are measuring skull shape and nose width to determine who counts as disadvantaged.

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The Diplomatic Dust-Up Between France and Bolivia — Over a Video Game

Bolivia's not happy with its portrayal in a new action-packed video game.

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Dire Measures to Combat Hunger in Venezuela

Prominent priest calls on Venezuelans to label trash that contains food for the hungry.

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