Mexico

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, D.C., on January 25, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

With Emergency Declaration, Trump Sticks by His Populist Persona

Trump will continue targeting immigrants, while the Democrats will target the rich. Success in 2020 will depend on the messaging.

Undocumented migrants climb on a train known as La Bestia in Las Patronas, Veracruz state, Mexico, to travel through Mexico to reach the United States on Aug. 9, 2018. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico Isn’t Helping Refugees. It’s Depriving Them of Their Rights.

The humanitarian visas offered to migrants don’t allow them to work, study, or receive benefits while letting the Mexican government duck its responsibilities under international law.

Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration

Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances

The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.

There will be no talks about farm goods, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom reiterated, scuppering real hopes for a sweeping trade deal, Jan. 18, 2019. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty)

No Sweeping Free Trade Deal, Brussels Tells Washington

The EU’s terms for talks could herald another trade setback for Trump.

Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín Guzmán Loera is escorted by marines as he is presented to the press on February 22, 2014, in Mexico City. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Spy vs. Spy, El Chapo Edition

Joaquín Guzmán Loera loved spyware—and it ultimately did him in.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly on-camera press conference in the Capitol on Jan. 7, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Will Pelosi Be the First to Out-Bully Trump?

Their clash over the wall represents two irreconcilable views of America—portending no end to the shutdown.

(Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

‘Tariff Man’ vs. the World

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on global trade.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and top officials reached a truce in the trade war over dinner at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump and Xi Park Trade War—For Now

But the U.S. president raises new uncertainties over the fate of the trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a press conference in Mexico City on Oct. 29. (Ulises Ruiz /AFP/Getty Images)

How Will AMLO Govern Mexico?

Mexico’s new president promises to fight corruption and inequality, but critics worry he’ll be the country’s Hugo Chávez.

A police agent confiscates illegal poppy flowers during an operation in Sinaloa, Mexico on March 15. (Rashide Frias /AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico’s War on Drugs Failed

Proposals to legalize opium production could still beat the cartels—but only if poppy farmers are part of the process.

Leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed the revised NAFTA accord at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Nov. 30, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Trump Hit Pause on the Trade War With China?

Under mounting pressure, the U.S. president needs a win at G-20 summit.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro walks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 7, 2015. (Andy Wong/Getty Images)

How to Respond to Chinese Investment in Latin America

The United States can compete without making things worse.

An C-17 Globemaster III aircrew with the 3rd Airlift Squadron load cargo in support of Operation Faithful Patriot at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on Oct. 29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Both Sides Are Overselling Trump’s Troop Deployment to the Border

The active-duty troops will mostly be putting up razor wire and moving border police.

An oil worker lies on a deck during a fire drill aboard the Pemex Ku-S oil processing center in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 5, 2010. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico and Brazil’s Crude Politics

A potential return to resource nationalism could set both countries back.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks up the revised NAFTA deal from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Trump Mainly Rebranding NAFTA?

The economic impact—and political future—of the '94 trade deal's successor is utterly unclear.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a signed presidential memorandum aimed at what he calls "China's economic aggression" in Washington on March 22. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Lesson of Smoot-Hawley

On the podcast: The last big American trade war was in 1930. It ended badly for everyone.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland arrives for a meeting in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to salvage NAFTA, on Aug. 30. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Canada: Deal or No Deal?

As the deadline looms, here’s how the complicated NAFTA talks could play out.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about a new bilateral trade agreement at the White House on Aug. 27. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Will Trump’s New Mexico Deal Save NAFTA—or Kill It?

The agreement that purports to replace NAFTA does not include Canada for now.

A Honduran immigrant inspects map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented immigrants on September 14, 2014, in Tenosique, Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Mexico Can’t Handle Your Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

Ever since Donald Trump's election, America's southern neighbor has become a growing destination for migrants—and the country is already buckling under the strain.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

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