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S&P’s Brazil Downgrade: Why it Matters

Brazil S&P’s Brazil Downgrade: Why it Matters

In a widely expected move, the ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) downgraded Brazil’s long term debt from a credit ranking of BBB to BBB- on March 24, bringing the...

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A Primer: Mexico's Energy Reform

Mexico  A Primer: Mexico's Energy Reform

This past December, Mexico passed a historic energy reform that has the potential to fundamentally transform the country’s oil, gas, and electricity sectors. In this brief that I co-authored with...

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This Year's Presidential Elections in Latin America

Bolivia Brazil Colombia Costa Rica El Salvador Latin America Uruguay This Year's Presidential Elections in Latin America

Earlier this week, Salvadorans headed to the polls to cast their ballots in a presidential runoff election, since on February 2 the candidates failed to reach the 50 percent threshold...

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Two Decades of U.S.-Mexico Relations

Mexico United States

I had the great privilege of joining Eric Farnsworth, Vice President of the Council of the Americas and Americas Society, and Nelson Cunningham, President of McLarty Associates, yesterday at NDN for a...

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Good Neighbors

Canada Mexico United States Good Neighbors

President Obama will meet tomorrow with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper for the North American Leaders’ Summit. The three leaders will take a look...

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Guest Post: U.S. Students are Heading to Latin America, Just Not to Mexico

Latin America Mexico United States Guest Post: U.S. Students are Heading to Latin America, Just Not to Mexico

This is a guest post by Stephanie Leutert, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations, who works with me in the Latin America Studies program. Secretary John...

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Is Trade Between the United States and Mexico on the Rise?

Mexico United States Is Trade Between the United States and Mexico on the Rise?

Yesterday I spoke with A Martínez from KPCC’s “Take Two” about Secretary Pritzker’s trip to Mexico and the country’s outlook more broadly. You can listen in here. I look forward...

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Visiting the Panama Canal

Panama Visiting the Panama Canal

Last week I was in Panama, and had the good fortune of visiting the Canal. In its Centennial year, it is a truly impressive feat of engineering, some forty-eight miles...

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North America's Economic Integration

Canada Mexico United States North America's Economic Integration

Alan Berube and Joseph Parilla at the Brookings Institution recently published a report on the impressive amount of North American regional trade (with a great interactive that traces exports and...

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U.S. Signs the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement with Mexico

Mexico United States U.S. Signs the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement with Mexico

Tacked onto the bipartisan budget, the U.S. Congress passed the long-awaited Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement with Mexico. Signed in 2012 by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Patricia...

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