Presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador greets supporters during a pre-campaign rally, Mexico City, Dec. 15, 2017 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, managing editor, Frederick Deknatel, and associate editor, Omar H. Rahman, discuss American foreign and trade policies in Asia. For the Report, Paul Imison talks with WPR’s senior editor, Robbie Corey-Boulet, about Mexico’s upcoming presidential election. Mexican voters are clearly seeking a change, but the legacies of corruption and a weak rule of law will be hard to overcome. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read on WPR, you can sign up for our free newsletter to get our uncompromising analysis delivered straight to your […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix stand together at a U.N. peacekeeping conference, Vancouver, Canada, November 15, 2017 (The Canadian Press photo by Darryl Dyck).

In mid-March, Canada announced it would be sending 250 troops and six helicopters on a 12-month deployment to support the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, which is considered the deadliest peacekeeping mission in the world. Since 2013, 162 troops from the U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, have been killed by al-Qaida and other extremists. Canada’s involvement in international peacekeeping has lagged in recent years, but shortly after taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that his government would commit 600 troops to U.N. peacekeeping missions. In an email interview, Simon Palamar, a research fellow on […]

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MEXICO CITY—For the past three years, protesters have staged a monthly demonstration outside the office of Mexico’s attorney general. The participants, most of them impoverished farmers from the southern coastal state of Guerrero, include the parents and loved ones of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College who, in September 2014, were abducted after they hijacked buses for a political protest in the city of Iguala. Mexican authorities have said the abductions were carried out by corrupt municipal police officers who handed the students over to drug traffickers. But the case is still mired in controversy, with families […]

Activists from grassroots organizations from around the world chant slogans against free trade and the World Trade Organization conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 10, 2017 (AP photo by Victor R. Caivano).

U.S. President Donald Trump’s hostility to existing trade deals and his heavy-handed approach to long-standing partnerships has exasperated Latin America. No longer able to depend on smooth relations with Washington, various countries in the region are pursuing other alliances and sources of economic growth. The collection of articles below sheds light on the shifting trade strategies of Latin American leaders as they try to mitigate the danger posed by Trump’s unpredictability. Purchase this special report as a Kindle e-book.Diversifying Portfolios Trump’s Protectionism Has Mexico Looking South to Latin America for Trade For more than a year now, Mexico has been […]