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  • Battle for the Soul of Latin America

    March 11, 2007 As the United States President tours six key states in South America, the continental shadow of Venezuela's acclaimed populist leader, Hugo Chávez, looms large over George Bush's bid to boost his country's waning influence in what Washington used to call its backyard.
  • Latin America Has Moved On

    March 21, 2007 During his recent trip to Latin America, the first since 2005, president Bush went to extraordinary lengths to downplay the real reason for the tour: Chávez. The trip's real purpose was to re-establish the declining U.S. influence in the region and to find a way to counter Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez' efforts to integrate Latin America on its own terms.