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China’s RMB Swap Lines with Latin America

Argentina Brazil Chile China Latin America Suriname Venezuela China’s RMB Swap Lines with Latin America

My colleagues Benn Steil and Dinah Walker recently published a great interactive on the spread of central bank currency swaps since the financial crisis. They find the United States provided...

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Latin America Goes Global Launch

Latin America Latin America Goes Global Launch

Today is the official launch of Latin America Goes Global. Led by Christopher Sabatini, adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and formerly editor-in-chief...

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Saving Ciudad Juarez

Mexico United States Saving Ciudad Juarez

In 2010, the homicide rate in Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez rose to over 250 per 100,000 inhabitants making it the most dangerous city in the world. Other crimes—extortions, kidnappings, and carjackings—also...

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Mexico's Fight Against Corruption

Mexico Mexico's Fight Against Corruption

Corruption allegations and revelations cover Mexico’s front pages. Public officials’ penchant for expensive watches, use of government helicopters for personal errands, and a string of expensive houses facilitated by preferred...

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CFR Media Call: Summit of the Americas

Cuba Latin America Panama United States CFR Media Call: Summit of the Americas

The seventh Summit of the Americas begins today in Panama City, Panama. Taking place every three years, it brings together leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere. This summit’s central theme is “Prosperity...

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Advanced Industries and North America

Canada Mexico United States Advanced Industries and North America

The U.S. economic recovery and current strength reflect in large part advanced industries. As other sectors faltered, both employment and output in these businesses grew. In 2013, they employed 12.3...

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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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