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China's President Xi Jinping (second from left) and Panama's Juan Carlos Varela (second from right) wave flanked by first ladies Peng Liyuan (left) and Lorena Castillo (right) at the newly inaugurated Cocoli locks in the Panama Canal, on Dec. 3, 2018.

The Panama Canal Could Become the Center of the U.S.-China Trade War

Panama’s strategic and symbolic importance place it at the heart of growing trade tensions.

Cubans attend a May Day rally in Havana on May 1.

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

Tightening the failed embargo will push Havana into the arms of Beijing and Moscow.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó waves at his supporters during a demonstration at Avenida Francisco de Miranda on May 1 in Caracas.

Guaidó’s Plan for Venezuela Is in Limbo

The opposition leader’s call for Venezuelans to fill the streets and for the military to turn on the president has not yet brought about the change he seeks.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó arrives at a demonstration at Avenida Francisco de Miranda on May 1 in Caracas.

Will Guaidó’s Gamble Pay Off?

Venezuela’s opposition leader has failed to gain enough military support to oust Nicolás Maduro, and Washington’s policies aren’t helping him.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by many countries including the United States as the country's rightful interim ruler, stands on top of a car surrounded by soldiers and civilians at Plaza Altamira in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 30.

Guaidó Is Stumbling Toward a Coup

Naunihal Singh, an expert on military takeovers, addresses what to watch as Venezuela's would-be president attempts to oust Maduro.

Honduran migrants protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on April 12, 2018. (Alfre-do Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)The caravan, which prompted fury from US President Donald Trump, assembled on the border with Guatemala on March 25 but started breaking up in southern Mexico after organizers said it had abandoned its goal of reaching the US border and would end its activities with the rally in Mexico City. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Senate is Hollowing Out the United States’ Diplomatic Corps

To protect U.S. national security, the United States needs to rethink the way the government approves diplomats.

Soldiers monitor a protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 15, 2017. (Delmer Membreno/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP)

Trump Is Sending Guns South as Migrants Flee North

The administration’s push to weaken oversight of gun exports could worsen the Central American refugee crisis.

Activists in favor of the legalization of abortion comfort each other outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires after senators rejected a bill to legalize abortion on Aug. 9, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

Murdered Women Can’t Celebrate International Women’s Day

Advocates for gender equality in Latin America are making gains, but an epidemic of violence overshadows their progress.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a press conference in the seventh military zone in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on Feb. 20. (Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico’s Old-School War on Crime Gets a Surprising New Champion

Why is AMLO attempting to further militarize policing, instead of pursuing the progressive reforms he promised during his campaign?

Motorcyclists ride past graffiti depicting late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and current President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Feb. 27. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s Good for Maduro Is Bad for Chavismo

The more atrocities Venezuela’s dictator commits, the less likely his regime is to survive him.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gather in Caracas Feb. 12. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

There Is Still a Way Out of Venezuela’s Stalemate

Both sides should heed the lessons of negotiated transitions in Chile and South Africa to forge a peaceful path to democracy.

Children use a tire to cross a flooded street in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines on Sept. 16, 2018. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s More Bad News Than You Think

A new study finds some of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters go virtually uncovered.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gather at a rally in Caracas on Feb. 16. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Hasten Maduro’s Exit

Thoughtful U.S. policies could help restore Venezuela’s democracy.

Police seize a hoard of cash in Salto del Guairá, Paraguay on Feb. 14, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Paraguay Is a Fiscal Paradise for Terrorists

The South American country needs to do a better job patrolling its financial system—or face the consequences.

Venezuela's opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaidó speaks to the press at the Federal Legislative Palace, in Caracas, on February 4, 2019.

Recognizing Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s Leader Isn’t a Coup. It’s an Embrace of Democracy.

Treating the Maduro regime as illegitimate, sanctioning its top officials, and sending aid despite a blockade will hasten its demise and speed the transition to democratic governance.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks to the press in Caracas on Jan. 31. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

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Members of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) line up to guard the entrance of Venezuela's Central University (UCV) in Caracas, during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on January 30, 2019. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Intervention Could Be Maduro’s Lifeline

Attempts at regime change have backfired on Washington before.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hold a press briefing at the White House on Jan. 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Trump’s Venezuela Sanctions Could Undercut His Iran Policy

The U.S. president takes direct aim at Maduro’s power, but the economic pain could spread.

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rally in Caracas on Jan. 23. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Put the Safety of American Diplomats First

By failing to prioritize the security of U.S. officials in Venezuela, the White House bungled what could have been a rare foreign-policy success.

Venezuelan opposition supporters gather to listen to the head of Venezuela's National Assembly and the country's self-proclaimed acting president, Juan Guaidó, during a rally in Caracas on Jan. 26. (FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Left Keeps Getting Venezuela Wrong

Anti-imperialists prefer a Russian-backed dictator to a public revolt.

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