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Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Immigration Latin America Mexico Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

With Eric Cantor’s loss earlier this week, most believe immigration reform is dead. Yet with tens of thousands of Mexican and Central American children flooding across the U.S. southern border,...

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Immigration Reform and the Latino Electorate

Immigration United States Immigration Reform and the Latino Electorate

For today’s ask an expert feature on cfr.org, I answered the question: “After immigration reform, how would the large and newly legal Hispanic population influence U.S. politics?” You can read...

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Venezuela's Election and the Future of Chavismo

Venezuela Venezuela's Election and the Future of Chavismo

On Sunday some fifteen million Venezuelans headed to the polls to choose between Nicolás Maduro (Chávez’s heir apparent) and Henrique Capriles (the opposition’s leader). In an election many expected to...

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Mexico’s Drug War and the Disappeared

Mexico Mexico’s Drug War and the Disappeared

An often overlooked problem with the so-called “war on drugs” mindset has been the effect on local populations: as military officials or militarized law enforcement officers fight narcotraffickers, they often...

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Transforming Brazil's Favelas

Brazil Transforming Brazil's Favelas

I got the chance last week to visit the Centro Comunitário Lídia dos Santos (or CEACA), an NGO based in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Morro dos Macacos—once the...

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Latin America Becomes More Competitive

Argentina Chile Latin America Panama Venezuela Latin America Becomes More Competitive

The Global Competitiveness Index for 2012-2013 came out this month, ranking 144 countries from around the world on twelve “pillars of competitiveness” (ranging from “basic requirements” such as institutions and...

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Chihuahua’s Version of Colombia’s Wealth Tax

Colombia Mexico Chihuahua’s Version of Colombia’s Wealth Tax

I’ve argued in the past that to truly address the security situation, Mexico needs the buy in of its citizens—and particularly of its elites. One way of achieving this is...

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Venezuela’s Potentially Violent Elections

Latin America United States Venezuela Venezuela’s Potentially Violent Elections

Elections are always times of uneasiness, but the upcoming October 7th presidential elections in Venezuela have more than the normal share of uncertainty. There are concerns over President Chavez’s health...

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The Democratic Platform on Latin America

Brazil Chile China Colombia Immigration Latin America Mexico Peru United States The Democratic Platform on Latin America

This week it is the Democrats who are putting forth their platform, which can be found in its entirety here. Like its Republican counterpart, the platform is heavily focused on...

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Human Rights and the Mexican Military

Mexico United States Human Rights and the Mexican Military

Human rights abuses within Mexico’s drug war are garnering increasing attention, both in Mexico as well as in the United States (holding up some 15 percent of Merida money in...

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