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Latin America’s Middle-Income Trap

Chile Latin America Uruguay Latin America’s Middle-Income Trap

In 2014, GDP growth in the region slowed to less than 1 percent. Expectations for 2015 are just slightly better, with forecasters predicting growth of nearer to 2 percent. The...

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The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

Brazil The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

The Petrobras corruption investigation, known locally as Operation Lava Jato (Carwash), entered a new phase last week, when Rodrigo Janot, Brazil’s general prosecutor, implicated 53 politicians from six different political...

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Central America’s Unaccompanied Minors

Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua United States Central America’s Unaccompanied Minors

During the summer of 2014 tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S-Mexico border. Over the course of the fiscal year, nearly 70,000—mostly from the Northern Triangle countries...

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Glimpses of Optimism in Guatemala

Guatemala Glimpses of Optimism in Guatemala

The news and statistics from Guatemala are anything but reassuring. More than half the nation’s sixteen million citizens live in poverty. Worse, almost one in two children under five suffer...

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Interview With Charlie Rose

Mexico United States Interview With Charlie Rose

Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Charlie Rose on his show along with Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign minister, and Francisco Goldman, contributor to The New Yorker, to...

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The Strategic Importance of North America to U.S. Interests

Canada Latin America Mexico United States The Strategic Importance of North America to U.S. Interests

  Yesterday, I had the privilege to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at a hearing titled “The Strategic Importance of the Western Hemisphere: Defining...

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United States and Mexico Finally Resolve Cross-Border Trucking Issue

Mexico United States

For the twenty years since the start of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States failed to fulfill its treaty obligations to open its roads and permit...

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Elections to Watch in 2015

Argentina Colombia Guatemala Mexico Venezuela

The region will hold just two presidential elections this year, choosing new leaders in Guatemala and Argentina. More prevalent will be congressional and local elections. Midterms in Mexico, Venezuela, and...

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Panama Twenty-Five Years Later

Panama United States

December 20 marks the 25th anniversary of Operation Just Cause, better remembered as the U.S. invasion of Panama. Set off by the death of an off-duty Marine lieutenant by Panamanian...

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Spillovers From Falling Oil Prices: Risks to Mexico and the United States

Mexico United States

Geopolitically, U.S. policymakers generally see high oil prices as bad and low oil prices as good for national interests. In a CFR Working Paper I coauthored with Michael Levi and...

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