Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 2, Spring-Summer

A Changing Development Strategy
Latin America experienced high rates of growth in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Will the region--increasingly split into Atlantic and Pacific countries with different policies--be able to continue this pace into the future? That will...
A Changing Mexico
Mexico has undergone major changes over the past two decades, as its political system shifted from one dominated by a single official party to a highly competitive democracy, and its economy opened up dramatically to global competition. These changes...
A Tale of Two Continents
Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering Hal Weitzman (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012), 260 pages. Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and...
Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed
BRAZIL ON THE RISE: THE STORY OF A COUNTRY TRANSFORMED Larry Rohter (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 289 pages. As the title suggests, Brazil on the Rise is an ode to the country's increasing economic, political, and cultural importance...
Building the Mexican State: The Notion of Citizenship: An Interview with Claudio Lomnitz and Pablo Piccato
The process of nation building in Latin American, seen through the history of social, political, and cultural exchanges, can help explain the postcolonial making of modern states. The following feature is an exploration of the process of nation building...
Calderon's War
In December 2006, Felipe Calderon took over as Mexico's new president and made a bold decision to directly confront the drug trafficking organizations that had steadily gained power over the course of his predecessors' terms in office. He started by...
Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers' Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America
CARE WORK AND CLASS: DOMESTIC WORKERS' STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA Merike Blofield (University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012), 155 pages. A seventy-two hour workweek, no vacation, no maternity leave, and...
China's Use of the Military Instrument in Latin America: Not Yet the Biggest Stick
China's involvement in Latin America has grown steadily over the past decade but there are a number of constraints on the role of the People's Liberation Army that prevents it from becoming the most important mechanism in expanding China's role in...
Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America
DEMOCRACY AND THE LEFT: SOCIAL POLICY AND INEQUALITY IN LATIN AMERICA Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), 342 pages. Inequality is everywhere. The word creeps into headlines and political speeches...
Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class
ECONOMIC MOBILITY AND THE RISE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS Francisco H. G. Ferreira, Julian Messina, Jamele Rigolini, Luis-Felipe Lopez-Calva, Maria Ana Lugo, and Renos Vakis (Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2012), 200 pages....
Editors' Foreword
Latin American countries share a common colonial history--one that has shaped the region and contributed to many modern tendencies that exist today. However, looking through any other lens will unveil a region that can only be defined by its colorful...
Left Behind: Latin America and the False Promise of Populism
LEFT BEHIND: LATIN AMERICA AND THE FALSE PROMISE OF POPULISM Sebastian Edwards (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), 296 pages. A specter is haunting Latin America: populism. And where communism ultimately fell prey to its own economic...
Making Gender Rights Visible: An Interview with Michelle Bachelet
As the first female president in one of South America's most conservative countries, Chile, Michelle Bachelet successfully took on the great challenge of making structural changes to gender equality in Latin America. As the first female to be appointed...
New Directions for a More Prosperous Brazil
This article examines whether increasing global confidence in Brazil is well founded and, if so, what the implications might be for the global community. Landmark political, economic, and social achievements in contemporary Brazil are reviewed as well...
On Finding the Right Bundles: Social Policy, Growth, and Equal Development: An Interview with Santiago Levy
The existence of high levels of informal labor in an economy is considered a barrier to sustained economic growth. However, this issue has not received sufficient attention by governments in Latin America. In this context, oftentimes policies intended...
Poverty and Inequality in Latin America: A Story of Two Decades
Latin American countries have succeeded in reducing poverty and income inequality over the last decade thanks in part to both economic growth and deliberate social policy measures. This study provides an overview of the available evidence of the changes...
Public Innovation for Good Governance: An Interview with Sergio Fajardo
The vision of an academic-turned-politician has brought a stream of creativity to local public administration in Colombia. It is said that disruptive innovation occurs at the edge of disciplines. (1) And Sergio Fajardo, mathematician and former journalist,...
Reforming, Fast and Slow
After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms in Latin America Gustavo A. Flores-Macias (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 261 pages. On the morning after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected as Brazil's first socialist president,...
Regional Tendencies Rooted in Challenges of the Past: An Interview with John H. Coatsworth
John H. Coatsworth, a leading scholar of Latin American economic and international history, explains current trends in Latin America and offers a glimpse into the region's future trajectory based on its modern history. He identifies certain legacies,...
Renewable Energy in Chile: Barriers and the Role of Public Policy
Chile has a dire need as well as a vast potential to expand renewable energy production and the government has recently introduced regulatory reforms and incentives to facilitate their development. Nevertheless, the governance structure of the electricity...
Reordering Regional Security in Latin America
In the wake of the Cold War, regional democratization and economic liberalization were supposed to usher in an opportunity to build a common hemispheric security agenda, designed to unite the United States and Latin America in collaboration against...
Territories in Resistance: A Cartography of Latin American Social Movements
TERRITORIES IN RESISTANCE: A CARTOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS Raul Zibechi (Oakland: AK Press, 2012), 363 pages. The financial crisis and unpopular austerity measures have fueled criticism regarding how the global economy functions...
The Transformation of Security in Latin America: A Cause for Common Action
Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a transformation of security in Latin America. Latin American countries have been moving toward the concepts of multidimensional security and security of the individual and society, and away from the classical...
Trade and Trade Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends, Emerging Challenges
This article presents a brief characterization of Latin America and the Caribbean's foreign trade, as well as its trade integration efforts. The first section examines the region's recent trade performance in terms of share in world trade, trade openness,...
Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead
TWO NATIONS INDIVISIBLE: MEXICO, THE UNITED SATES, AND THE ROAD AHEAD Shannon K. O'Neil (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 153 pages. Most Americans' knowledge of Mexico is limited to drug cartels, skyrocketing murder rates, and illegal...
Violent Democracies in Latin America
VIOLENT DEMOCRACIES IN LATIN AMERICA Enrique Desmond Arias and Daniel M. Goldstein (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2010), 335 pages. Political scientist Enrique Desmond Arias and anthropologist Daniel Goldstein have compiled...
What If Latin America Ruled the World? How the South Will Take the North through the 21st Century
WHAT IF LATIN AMERICA RULED THE WORLD? HOW THE SOUTH WILL TAKE THE NORTH THROUGH THE 21ST CENTURY Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2010), 472 pages. In What if Latin America Ruled the World? Oscar Guardiola-Rivera of the...
Will Latin America Miss U.S. Hegemony?
For decades, the standard framework for describing and understanding U.S.-Latin American relations has been the overwhelming hegemonic power of the "colossus of the north." Now, though, with the rise of regional powers like Brazil the importance of...