World Policy Journal: Winter 2015/2016

Latin America on Life Support?


The Big Question

Countries in Latin America are striving to reposition themselves in a world of low commodity prices and declining Chinese demand. World Policy Journal consulted a panel of experts from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Uruguay, and Argentina to help understand the challenges determining their countries’ roles in the region.

Imagining Eden

The dream of a shared identity in Latin America seems beyond reach, but Ángel Gurría-Quintana argues that cross-border collaboration in education and scientific research could help spur regional integration.

Map Room: Latin Americans on the Move

Much attention has been paid to Latin American immigrants coming to the U.S. and Europe, but intra-regional migration is increasing as well. Our Map Room examines the flow of migrants within Latin America.

The Hangover: Latin America Recovers After Shot of Success

Ricardo Ávila diagnoses economic problems from Colombia to Argentina, and counsels government responsibility in a region where some nations are struggling to recover from a commodity-fueled spending binge.

Anatomy: Chinese Investment in South America

Trade between China and Latin America grew from $12 billion in 2000 to $289 billion in 2013. And, in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to invest $250 billion in Latin America over the next decade. World Policy Journal analyzes this evolving relationship by looking at Chinese foreign direct investment and loans in six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Goodbye, Venezuela

As crime rises and oil prices drop, Venezuela is experiencing a brain drain that its government refuses to acknowledge. Christopher Reeve describes an exodus of talent as conditions deteriorate for its most educated citizens.

The Changing Face of Cuba

Amanda Mattingly says with the thawing of its relationship with the U.S., Cuba is weighing how it can allow U.S. investments and tourists while maintaining its unique culture and socialist ideals.



Free Trade: A Ticket to a Bigger Party

As secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Ángel Gurría directs efforts to fight corruption. World Policy Journal sits down with Gurría to discuss the importance of transparency in Latin America.



Nauru: A Cautionary Tale

Nauru was once one of the richest nations per capita in the world. Now, with its phosphate mines dry, the economy is in ruins. In this Portfolio, Vlad Sokhin documents life in this tiny Pacific island, where the land has been stripped bare and the hulking shells of its only industry have been left to rust in the tropical sun.



The Dark Net: Policing the Internet’s Underworld

Sir David Omand, the former director of the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters, explores the “Dark Net”—the Internet’s seamy underbelly where hackers congregate, terrorists find recruits, and drug dealers and pornographers peddle their wares. Omand proposes ways for governments to police this uncharted online territory.

Deadly Interactions

Both Syrian refugees and members of ISIS flow easily across the border in Şanlıurfa, Turkey. Ahmet S. Yayla, a sociology professor at Harran University in Şanlıurfa, describes firsthand the border economy and offers ways to cut off supplies to ISIS.

Open SESAME: A Powerful Light Attracts Middle Eastern Scientists

When politicians can no longer talk to each other, scientists can often still work through even the most bitter rivalries. Richard Blaustein chronicles an unlikely crew of researchers from Israel, Iran, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Bahrain, Cyprus, and Turkey, who have banded together to finish the construction of SESAME, a particle accelerator that they hope will keep many of the region’s best researchers in the Middle East.

Leadership Challenges in a Hyper-Changing World

Technology, globalization, and demographics are producing an atmosphere of hyper-change in which the old go-it-alone leadership models are no longer sufficient to respond to emerging international challenges. Michael A. Genovese argues it is time to rethink leadership, moving toward a model with flexibility, speed, and inclusiveness at its core.



Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Seven years ago, World Policy Journal asked experts to envision the next 25 years of global development. In his final Coda, Editor David A. Andelman analyzes these predictions and forecasts how they will ultimately pan out.