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Latin America Policy

Explaining Mexico's Consumer Paradox

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Rodrigo Aguilera

The disassociation between consumer confidence and consumer spending habits over the past two years has been one of the Mexico's most interesting econ...

Costa Rica's Ugly State of Affairs

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Rodrigo Aguilera

A specter is haunting Costa Rica - the specter of brutalism. Almost all the obstacles have been lifted for the construction of a new building for the ...

Lifting the U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba: Using Diplomacy to Sway Congress

Michael Parmly | Posted 01.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Michael Parmly

The U.S. work to normalize relations with Cuba is still just beginning. The U.S. certainly cannot rest on its laurels, and the President indicated as much in his recent State of the Union address when he repeated his call to Congress to support the new policy with Cuba.

Could the Peace Deal in Colombia Be a Model for Other Conflicts?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.10.2015 | World
The Conversation US

After 60 more days, the FARC will lay down its arms, setting the stage for the end to the conflict by mid-2016. This is good news for Colombians, of course. But the peace agreement is also worthy of wider attention because it represents new thinking on how to end old conflicts.

A Failed Coup in Trinidad and Tobago

ADST | Posted 08.02.2016 | World
ADST

On July 27, 1990, a Muslim organization called Jamaat al Muslimeen instigated a coup against the government of Trinidad & Tobago. Forty-two insurgents...

Four Facts About Poverty in Latin America you Probably Didn't Know

Jamele Rigolini | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Jamele Rigolini

In 2010, Latin America set a new record: for the first time ever the region had more middle class people than poor.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

Solidarity Economies: A Guerrilla War Against Capitalism

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Beverly Bell

An interview with Nicolás Cruz Tineo by Beverly Bell and Jessica Hsu Nicolás Cruz Tineo is an economist and director of the Dominican Republic-ba...

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Latin America and the Transatlantic Link

Martín Santiváñez | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Martín Santiváñez

If we want to build a Trans-Atlantic power base, we have to seek interlocutors who speak the language of democratic reasonableness, rather than radical or Messianic ideologies which distort people's view of reality.

Latin America and New Global Economic Order: Post Elections Analysis

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

Most commentators were quite surprised that America's southern neighbor and economic partner did not play a greater role to the 2012 candidates' future plans. It can be explained by both the nature of the debate and the declining role of the United States in the region.

Latin America Ignored At Presidential Debate

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.23.2012 | Latino Voices

If Monday night’s presidential debate is any indicator, Latin America is not a priority for these candidates. Moderator Bob Schieffer mentioned ...

America's Missed Opportunities in Latin America

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.16.2012 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

Latin America presents enormous opportunities for the U.S. in terms of economic and political cooperation, but we continue to squander these opportunities as we squabble among ourselves over issues like immigration and drug policies.

Where Is Brazil in the Global Drug Debate?

Ilona Szabo | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Ilona Szabo

Particularly given the devastating implications of this failed war on Brazil's society and democratic institutions, the government's silence is deafening.

The Latin American Spring

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Eric Farnsworth

The pope's visit to Mexico and Cuba beginning Friday will kick off a period of intensive focus on Latin America. As the spotlight shines on the region, it will illuminate both the dramatic progress that has been made, as well as the progress that remains to be made.

What the Recent Elections Say About Democracy in Central America

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 01.15.2012 | World
Eric Farnsworth

We have now entered a new era in Central America and elsewhere in Latin America, where the quest for security and economic expansion trumps democratic ideals.

Mexico's Last Stand

David Perez | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
David Perez

Mexico will elect a new president in 2012. Facing mounting pressure to change course, Calderon's successor may choose scale back the anti-drug offensive return the country to its pre-2006 days. But that would be a mistake.

A Partnership for a New Latin America

Luis Alberto Moreno | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Luis Alberto Moreno

Despite headlines of drug violence and political polarization in some countries, these trend lines underscore a positive new narrative quietly taking shape across the hemisphere.

Dancing With Dynamite in Latin America

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

The past ten years in Latin America have seen a historic shift to the left in government power and the streets. The US needs to learn from these examples if we are to break out of our stagnant political culture.

U.S. Secretary of State: A Cautionary Tale

Al Giordano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Giordano

In Latin America, as everywhere, the doctrine of Human Rights, begun in the Carter administration but left to atrophy by all administrations since, walks hand in hand with any pro-democracy agenda.

As Latin America Changes, Will the U.S. Policy Debate?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Latin America is at its most divided, ideologically and in its economic trajectories. Do we have the intellectual tools and framework to deal with it?

The Future of Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere

Chris Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Dodd

That old metaphor -- Latin America as the U.S.'s backyard -- is indicative of the American habit of viewing the region solely in terms of problems to be solved. What a shame: There is so much opportunity to be found in Latin America.

Colombia: and the Winner Is, Antanas Mockus

Aldo Civico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aldo Civico

Over the past ten days, I was amazed to see window with signboards for Antanas Mockus, the presidential candidate of the Green Party. It's the Colombian version of the Obama syndrome.

What's Not a Political Act?

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ming Holden

When is it not a political act to honor victims of dirty wars, in Latin America or anywhere else? "Political" strikes me as one of the most ill-used words in American conversation.

Stop Hugo Chavez Before It's Too Late

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

And with Iran's documented exportation of terror into Latin America, Venezuela is Iran's ultimate forward base for that terror state's ambitions in Latin America.