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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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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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Reads of the Week: Latin America’s Democracies, Mexican Migration, and More

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Jorge Dominguez’s recent testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere gives an overview of Latin America’s progress toward democratic consolidation in recent history, and the role the international community has played in this slow, but steady, march.

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Visiting Bolivia (part II)

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Everyone in Bolivia is focusing on the shift toward “participatory democracy,” from the previous “representative democracy.” Some embrace this change enthusiastically, while others view it warily. What is clear is...

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Bolivia visit (part I)

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I am in Bolivia this week. In my meetings so far in La Paz, one common theme is the general support for Evo Morales. While there is significant frustration with...

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Welcoming Latin America's New Left

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Over the last eighteen months Presidential elections occurred in twelve Latin American countries. While Hugo Chavez and his anti-American tirades grab most of the headlines, these elections actually show the...

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