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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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Mexico as a Global Player

Mexico United States Mexico as a Global Player

Last week, Foreign Affairs hosted a full day conference on Mexico, to talk about the country as a regional and global player. Panel topics included U.S.-Mexico cooperation, bilateral trade, regional...

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Viva las Reformas

Mexico Viva las Reformas

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration finished off an ambitious first-year reform agenda this past week, pushing historic energy and political reforms through Mexico’s Congress. These reforms—and the earlier labor, education,...

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How Latin America Fares in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index

Latin America How Latin America Fares in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index

The Legatum Institute, a London-based policy organization, just published its annual Prosperity Index. Using eighty-nine indicators across eight indices—economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom,...

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Public Education in Brazil

Brazil Public Education in Brazil

When people talk about what holds Brazil back, education tops the list (along with infrastructure). The poor quality of Brazil’s public education system limits students’ capabilities and adaptability, creates mismatches...

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Foreign Direct Investment and Jobs in Latin America

Chile Colombia Latin America Mexico Foreign Direct Investment and Jobs in Latin America

In 2012 Latin America received its largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) to date: $170 billion or 12 percent of global flows. These flows went into a range of...

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Teaching Notes for Two Nations Indivisible

Mexico United States Teaching Notes for Two Nations Indivisible

As everyone heads back to school this week, here are the teaching notes for my new book, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead. You can...

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Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions

Mexico Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions

My colleagues in CFR’s Civil Societies, Markets, and Democracy Initiative have just released a new book, Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons From Democratic Transitions, which highlights eight countries’...

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Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate

Immigration Latin America United States Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate

During the weeks surrounding the 2012 presidential election, many analysts and observers, including myself, wrote about the Latino electorate’s arrival onto the political scene. A record breaking 11.2 million Hispanics...

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Five Myths About Mexico

Mexico United States Five Myths About Mexico

As President Barack Obama meets today with his counterpart, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, he is navigating one of America’s broadest and most complex bilateral relationships. In this op-ed for...

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