How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress
Freelance imperialists in the 1800s left behind weak institutions and racist legacies.
Want to Counter Authoritarianism in Central America? Follow the Money.
The United States lacks reliable partners in the region. Here’s how to hold them accountable.
The Race to Avert a ‘Second Dictatorship’ in Nicaragua
The Western hemisphere is weighing how to respond to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s jailing spree.
Did Ortega Just Kill Nicaragua’s Democracy?
His arrests of opposition candidates could seal the country’s political fate, but not if Biden fights back now.
In Central America, Rule of Law Is Under Attack. El Salvador Is the Latest Victim.
El Salvador’s populist president is following the playbook of corrupt elites in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras when it comes to top courts.
Honduras and Nicaragua Have Been Hit By Some of the Worst Natural Disasters in Decades
If Biden gets the response right, he could put the region on better footing for years to come.
Nicaragua Is Stumbling Into Coronavirus Disaster
An aging autocrat and an already wrecked health care system are a dangerous combination.
How One Top Diplomat Took a Stand Against Trump’s Immigration Policy
The under secretary of state feared that canceling the temporary protected status for some immigrants would be a blight on U.S. foreign policy.
Bolton Is Building a Confrontational Latin America Strategy
The Trump administration is right to call out the region’s rogues for their destabilizing behavior.
How to Kill a Presidential Scandal
Republicans smothered the Iran-Contra affair. The same might happen with Trump and Russia.
How a Nicaraguan Priest Made a Deal With the Devil
Catholic clerics have been on the frontlines protesting Daniel Ortega's bloody crackdown—but one of them also helped fuel his rise.
Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?
President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on protests has driven the country to the brink. If the violence escalates, it could spark a refugee crisis and destabilize all of Central America.
Nicaraguan Voters Are Getting Ready to Follow Daniel Ortega’s Script
The wily Sandinistas in Managua have survived, adapted, and clawed their way back to power. Is there no dislodging them?
Nicaragua Is Turning Into a Real-Life ‘House of Cards’
Strongman Daniel Ortega is running for a third term (with his wife as VP) and cravenly removing all checks on his power. Sound familiar?