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Javier Corrales
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Javier Corrales is professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, specializing on the politics of economic and social policy reform in developing countries. He is the author of Presidents Without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press 2002). His research has been published in academic journals such as Comparative Politics, World Development, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Democracy, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Studies, Current History, and Foreign Policy. He serves on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society. He is currently working on a book manuscript on constitutional reforms in Latin America. In 2005, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Caracas, Venezuela, and then, a visiting lecturer at the Center for Research and Documentation on Latin America, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2000, he became one of the youngest scholars ever to be selected as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He has also been a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, the Center for Global Development, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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The Top 2014 LGBT Stories From Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Latin America made world headlines in 2013 when Uruguay and Brazil, following the lead of Argentina in 2010, legalized same-sex marriage. In legal terms, nothing happened in the region this year that compares to last year's big gay-marriage stories from Uruguay and Brazil. Nevertheless, the region continues to...

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The Top 2013 LGBT Stories from the Americas

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Our hemisphere is quickly becoming one of the most gay-friendly territories in the world. It has far and beyond the most people living with access to marriage equality, not to mention the largest pride celebration on Earth. Many countries in the Americas are expanding their safeguards...

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The Venezuelan Earthquake

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:44 PM

A political earthquake took place in Venezuela last night. Chavismo--the political movement created by Hugo Chávez, the leftist president of Venezuela from 1999 until his passing in March 2013--suffered an unprecedented electoral setback last night. Chávez's designated successor, Nicolás Maduro, was declared the official winner with a miniscule advantage of...

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5 LGBT Trends to Watch For in the Americas in 2013

(15) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:44 PM

There was a time when the most important developments in LGBT rights occurred in North Atlantic countries, but since the late 2000s all of the Americas, not just the United States and Canada, have begun to set trends. As we look to 2013, here are some of the trends to...

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Maduro Is No Chávez, for Now

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 4:51 PM

After much speculation, President Hugo Chávez announced on December 8 that his cancer was back (for the second time in a year), and that he now had a person in mind to succeed him -- Nicolás Maduro, the minister of foreign affairs who was elevated to vice president in October...

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Brazil's Recognition of Same-Sex Unions

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 5:24 PM

In a historic and unanimous ruling, the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal declared that people in "stable, enduring and public" same-sex relations must be granted the same rights as people in straight marriages. The ruling does not exactly establish gay marriage in Brazil the way that Canada, Argentina and...

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The Sudden Rise of a Pro-Gay Foreign Policy in the United States

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:40 PM

The Obama administration is often criticized for betraying gay rights. Despite having helped repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, critics still charge that the White House continually reneges on its pledge to work hard to end marriage bans and gay bashing. Yet, on another unnoticed front, the administration has actually gone...

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The 2010 Gay Year in Review: Top 20 Stories from the Americas

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 7:50 PM

It was a banner year in the history of gay rights in the Americas. Here are the top 20 LGBT-related stories.

Open Doors: United States. The law that banned HIV-positive non-U.S. citizens from traveling or immigrating to the United States officially ended. The ban began...

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Cuba's Latest Reforms Won't Work

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 5:30 AM

In early September Fidel Castro, former president of Cuba and now opinion-maker-in-chief, stunned the world twice by declaring, first, that the Cuban model "doesn't work for us" anymore, and second, by arguing a few days later that he didn't really mean what he said. While Fidel Castro seems confused, his...

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Latin American Gays: Post-Left Leftists

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 7:22 PM

When most straight people are forced to think about gay people, they usually think of one thing first, sex. A political scientist might focus instead on a different question: how do gays perform in politics? Judged from their political achievements this past decade, the answer is, at least for Latin...

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Nicaragua: Déjà Coup All Over Again?

(7) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 11:21 PM

This week, the United States helped bring an end to a serious political crisis in Honduras. A similar crisis is now brewing in Nicaragua. This time, the United States won't be as lucky.

In both cases, the root cause of the crisis was the same: elected presidents seeking to...

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Is the OAS Against Democracy?

(95) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 5:39 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) finds itself in a conundrum. When it condemned last week's coup in Honduras, the OAS was convinced that it was defending democracy. Today, the OAS is not so sure. In his recent visit to Tegucigalpa, the OAS secretary general José Miguel Insulza found himself...

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