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Guest Post: Rafael Correa’s Smooth Road to Victory

General Guest Post: Rafael Correa’s Smooth Road to Victory

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 program. In less than...

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Kirchners' New Economic Populism

General Kirchners' New Economic Populism

Argentina is known for its populists leaders, as well as spectacular economic booms and busts. Yet looking at the economic data of the last fifty years, successive governments have, perhaps...

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Too Bearish on Brazil: Ruchir Sharma in Foreign Affairs

Brazil General Latin America United States Too Bearish on Brazil: Ruchir Sharma in Foreign Affairs

The recent Foreign Affairs article “Bearish on Brazil” lays out a quite pessimistic view of Brazil. For the author, Ruchir Sharma, the Brazil fuss has risen and will largely fall...

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Central America's Moment

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While Brazil and Mexico (in good and bad ways) tend to fill U.S. headlines regarding Latin America, other nations matter as well for the United States. Among them are the...

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Campaign 2012: Latin America

General Immigration Latin America

Below is a video interview I did for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Campaign 2012 series. In it I talk about the three big issues in U.S.-Latin America policy facing...

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Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

General Guatemala Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. Last Thursday, former...

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Latin America’s Growing Middle Class

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Nearly across the board, the share of Latin America’s middle has expanded (the exceptions being Argentina, where it shrank and Colombia, where it held steady) over the last two decades.

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Can Business Change the Immigration Debate?

General Can Business Change the Immigration Debate?

Framed by sunny El Paso skies, President Obama put immigration back firmly on center stage yesterday. In his speech he called on Congress to “put politics aside” and find “common ground” in order to reform a broken system.

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Trade-Based Money Laundering in Mexico

General Mexico Trade-Based Money Laundering in Mexico

At the Mexican port of Lázaro Cárdenas, containers arrive from China laden with toys and electronics. Some never make it into the hands of customers: they are dumped as worthless merchandise. Their value, instead, lies in a simple bill of sale that allows the buyers - drug trafficking organizations and organized crime syndicates - to launder billions of funds through seemingly legitimate trade.

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

Bolivia Brazil Chile China Colombia Ecuador General Latin America Mexico Peru United States Venezuela The End of ALBA: Latin America's Market-Based Integration

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

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