Uncovering Truth: Promoting Human Rights in Brazil

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

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Mexican Cartels: A Century of Defying U.S. Drug Policy

Ioan Grillo

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State of the Union: A Decade of Armed Drones

Daniel R. Brunstetter & Megan Braun

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The Radical Right and Immigration in an Era of Economic Crisis

Terri E. Givens

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Art of the Uprisings in the Middle East

Charles Tripp

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The Opportunities Ahead: Policy in the Western Hemisphere

Roberta S. Jacobson

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Financing Health Care in the United States and Abroad: Current Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Christina Paxson

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Crisis Migration

Susan Martin & Sanjula Weerasinghe & Abbie Taylor

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Decreasing Gender Inequality in Agriculture: Key to Eradicating Hunger

Marcela Villarreal

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Energy, Economy, and Extremism: Engaging with a Transitioning Pakistan

Richard Olson

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Intimate Violence: Artists’ Responses to Illegal Detention and Torture

Susan Noyes Platt

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Slavery is Bad for Business: Analyzing the Impact of Slavery on National Economies

Monti Narayan Datta & Kevin Bales

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Globalization and Development Options

Ricardo Lagos & Osvaldo Rosales

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The Art of Sanctions

Thomas Biersteker

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Presidential Leadership and U.S. Foreign Policy

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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The features of this edition demonstrate the necessity of bridging the gap between the discipline and the phenomena of international relations through discussions of actual work in the field, particularly in Latin America. John Negroponte writes that thoughtful analysis is key in interpreting events correctly and crafting sound policy for good diplomacy. Ricardo Lagos and Osvaldo Rosales contribute an article looking at Chile and alternative paths of development that have helped to lift millions out of poverty.

Daniel Brunstetter and Megan Braun challenge the opaque rhetoric surrounding present justifications of drone use, calling for increased transparency and accountability. Tom Barry raises concerns about the domestic use of drones, namely in patrolling borders, and warns against their unchecked proliferation. John Kaag and Sarah Kreps re-examine Kant's democratic peace theory in light of the greatly reduced costs of war that drones make possible. Ryan Vogel argues that the controversies surrounding drones merely bring to the surface much larger issues concerning the nature of twenty-first century conflict.

Dr. Givens looks at electoral results of extremist parties within Europe across national and European Parliament election to argue that the latter still offer an arena where these parties can gain support—mainly because of the absence of strategic voting. Dr. Art, instead, focuses on evaluating the extent to which far right parties have indeed been gaining support. The author explains the distinction between radical right and right wing extremists to claim that the radical right hasn't in fact gained electoral advantage from the debt crisis, and that its political power should not be overstated. Finally, in an interview with the Journal, former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou discusses its country's case to address some of the issues at the intersection between European institutional design, the debt crisis, and political extremism.

In the twenty-first century, art, whether through music, graffiti, paintings, or posters, has become a prominent tool to mobilize large groups to rise up in protest. Susan Platt explores the different ways in which five prominent artists challenge the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo bay. Charles Tripp follows the pivotal use of popular art in the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.

Human trafficking is an age-old problem, but today's increasingly porous borders pose new challenges for global health and international diplomacy. In this section, our authors shed light on some lesser-discussed aspects of human trafficking. Ambassador Swanee Hunt discusses the need to target demand for trafficking, while Monti Narayan Datta and Kevin Bales analyze the impact of slavery on international economies. Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Donald Bostrom's article deals with organ harvesting. Finally, Cathy Zimmerman and Nicola Polock shed light on the oft-ignored psychological trauma that victims of human trafficking undergo.

The featured interviews for this section show that broader engagement in global affairs is necessary for wider influence. Thomas Biersteker discusses the effectiveness of targeted sanctions. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita describes how scholars must meet their own challenge of what his discussion of his own forecasting models calls "the entrepreneurship of getting the ideas out there." Roberta S. Jacobson elaborates on the policy opportunities and difficulties for social inclusion and advances for women in the Western Hemisphere. Jose Antonio Ocampo talks about commodities, inequality, and the future of economic growth in the region. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro speaks about inspecting Brazil's recent history to understand the government's role in the violation of its citizens' human rights during the dictatorship.