Then-U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina is mobbed by reporters.

How Filibusters Moved from Piracy to Congress

Freelance imperialists in the 1800s left behind weak institutions and racist legacies.

Protesters in Honduras hold banners.

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.

People hold Nicaraguan flags and shout slogans outside the Church of San Miguel in the Nicaraguan town of Masaya, during a mass to commemorate the third anniversary of the beginning of the protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, on April 18.

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.

Riot police stand guard outside the house of Cristiana Chamorro, a presidential candidate who was arrested this week, in Managua, Nicaragua, on June 2.

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.

Newly appointed attorney general Rodolfo Delgado is sworn in during the first plenary session of the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador, on May 2.

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.

People walk along a street in Planeta, in the municipality of La Lima, Honduras after the passage of Hurricane Eta on Nov. 9.

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.

A man wears a face mask as he walks past a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua on April 9.

Nicaragua Is Stumbling Into Coronavirus Disaster

An aging autocrat and an already wrecked health care system are a dangerous combination.

Demonstrators gathered in front of the White House to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to terminate temporary protected status for citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 9. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in the White House in Washington on Oct. 3.

Bolton Is Building a Confrontational Latin America Strategy

The Trump administration is right to call out the region’s rogues for their destabilizing behavior.

WASHINGTON, :  Lt. Col. Oliver North (L), accompanied by his lawyer Brendan Sullivan, as he testifies before Iran-Contra investigators 14 July 1987, Washington, DC. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Kill a Presidential Scandal

Republicans smothered the Iran-Contra affair. The same might happen with Trump and Russia.

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega (L) delivers a speech beside Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo (R), president of the National Commission for Verification, Reconciliation, Peace and Justice of the Sandinista government, on November 03, 2008 in Managua. (MIGUEL ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Anti-government demonstrators hold a protest demanding Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, to stand down, in Managua on May 26, 2018.

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?

Nicaraguan President and Presidential Candidate Daniel Ortega (R) speaks with his wife Rosario Murillo during delivery of property titles in Managua on October 31, 2011.  Nicaragua will hold presidential elections on November 6.   AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo ARANGUA / AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUA        (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

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?

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