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Latin America's Populist Hangover

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In my piece published in the November/December 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, I lay out the economic and political characteristics of populism, analyze why it is receding in Latin America today,...

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This Year's Presidential Elections in Latin America

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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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Latin America: Trading and Investing Together

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Economic ties lead Latin America’s integration efforts. Promising some of the greatest concrete benefits—larger markets, improved livelihoods, and enhanced global economic power—leaders and communities alike have tried to integrate the...

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Latin American Integration: Two Hundred Years of Efforts

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Latin American integration efforts have been a continuous fixture throughout much of the last century, but in recent years there has been a flurry of new initiatives, with leaders re-emphasizing...

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Latin America’s Economic Outlook

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The recent IMF economic outlook report entitled, “The Western Hemisphere: Rebuilding Strength and Flexibility,” is overall quite bullish on the region. Fueled by favorable commodity prices and plentiful international credit,...

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2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer

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As 2011 comes to an end, I want to reflect on just a few trends affecting the region over the course of the past year. While these developments certainly have...

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Argentina's Natural Gas Discoveries

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Last December, Argentina’s major oil and gas company YPF discovered some 4.5 trillion cubic feet of unconventional gas in the southwest province of Neuquén. The find has the potential to totally transform the country’s (and the region’s) energy future. It pushes Argentina’s energy reserves to 774 trillion cubic feet -- making it the third largest provider of natural gas in the world, after the United States and China.

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Peru’s Balancing Act: Indigenous Rights and Economic Development

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Andean protesters shout slogans against the government in Lima (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Courtesy Reuters). Andean protesters shout slogans against the government in Lima (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Courtesy Reuters). Last month Peruvian President Ollanta Humala signed the popular consultation law, approved unanimously by Congress in August. This new law will require all public and private investors to consult local indigenous groups if and when their activities may affect their communities or ancestral lands. This is an important democratic step forward, reaching out to citizens who have for years been left out of the political process. In Latin America more broadly, incorporating indigenous communities into politics is a key challenge for consolidating democracy.

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Rising FDI in Latin America

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The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) released its report on foreign direct investment (FDI), with generally good news for Latin America. While 2010 investment worldwide was fairly flat (and fell in developed economies), it soared forty percent in the region – reaching nearly $113 billion.

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The End of ALBA: Latin America's Market-Based Integration

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Substantive integration efforts are taking shape in Latin America - without the fanfare of ALBA.

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