Today’s reads: Chavez’s legacy, U.S. globalization (or lack thereof)

This post is part of a recurring feature, in which the WorldViews team shares some of what it’s reading today. It’s meant to highlight some of the best foreign affairs coverage from other media outlets, blogs, academic institutions and think tanks. It’s also meant to give you a sense of what might end up driving the foreign policy conversations for the day. We hope you enjoy it and check back tomorrow.

1. Bloomberg Businessweek: Hugo Chavez, R.I.P.

Moisés Naím, the renowned scholar and Venezuela's former minister of trade and industry, reflects on the good and the bad of Chavez's conflicted legacy. He shattered "Venezuela’s peaceful coexistence with poverty, inequality, and social exclusion," Naím writes -- but he also "gutted" Venezuela.

2. The New Yorker: Fidel's Heir

Now would be a good time to revisit Jon Lee Anderson's in-depth 2008 profile of Chavez and his outsized influence in Latin America.

3. Quartz: The Big Mac Mirage

A forthcoming paper argues the U.S. is "actually terrible at globalization."

Caitlin Dewey is The Post’s digital culture critic. Follow her on Twitter @caitlindewey or subscribe to her daily newsletter on all things Internet. (



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