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The Hidden Refugee Crisis in the Western Hemisphere

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While much attention is rightly focused on Syria and the Middle East, there are a growing number of refugees in the Western Hemisphere. The largest group comes from Central America’s...

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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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Interview With Jim Zirin: Current Events in Latin America

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Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Jim Zirin on “Conversations in the Digital Age” to discuss the U.S.-Mexico relationship, the presidential impeachment in Brazil, Colombia’s peace deal, Argentina’s return...

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Opportunities for U.S. Engagement in Latin America

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Last week, I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at a hearing titled “Political and Economic Developments in Latin America and Opportunities for...

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A Conversation With Mark Jones and Kellie Meiman Hock

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This post features Mark P. Jones, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy’s political science fellow and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin America Studies at Rice University,...

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Latin America’s Middle Class

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The first decade of the 21st century was a good one for Latin America. A recent Pew Research Center report estimates that some 63 million individuals entered the middle class,...

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China’s RMB Swap Lines with Latin America

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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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Elections to Watch in 2015

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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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South-South Trade and Latin America

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The economic rise of the developing south is one of the biggest trends of the last decade, accelerated by the 2008 global economic downturn. Since 2001 trade between these countries...

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Guest Post: Maduro's Limited Foreign Policy Agenda

Venezuela Guest Post: Maduro's Limited Foreign Policy Agenda

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 recent years,...

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