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How a Stronger Democracy Will Check the PRI

Mexico How a Stronger Democracy Will Check the PRI

Here is a piece that I wrote for ForeignAffairs.com on the upcoming Mexican elections and the prospects for the PRI. After voting the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) out of Los Pinos,...

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Despite Hurdles, Latin Americans “Satisfied” According to OECD

Brazil Chile Latin America Mexico Despite Hurdles, Latin Americans “Satisfied” According to OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report this month on the overall well-being of its thirty four member countries (as well as Brazil and Russia). Looking...

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China’s Chen Guangcheng

China Latin America China’s Chen Guangcheng

I had the good fortune this morning to see Chen Guangcheng speak here at the Council on Foreign Relations (and you can watch it here too). Over the course of...

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Violence and Insecurity in Latin America: New Survey Findings

Argentina Brazil Colombia Costa Rica Ecuador Guatemala Honduras Latin America Mexico Peru Venezuela Violence and Insecurity in Latin America: New Survey Findings

Though specific countries usually capture the headlines for their bloodiness—Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and often Colombia—security problems are widespread throughout Latin America. For the region which holds the unfortunate distinction of...

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Mexico’s Judicial Reforms, Four Years Later

Latin America Mexico Mexico’s Judicial Reforms, Four Years Later

In 2008 Mexico passed a series of constitutional and legislative reforms that, when implemented, should fundamentally transform its justice system. The reforms are designed to improve public security and the...

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Changes in Mexican Migration

Immigration Latin America Mexico United States Changes in Mexican Migration

A recent Pew Hispanic Center report highlights the rather steep declines in the number of Mexicans coming to the United States, as well as the rising numbers leaving for Mexico. Taken...

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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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Guest Post: Colombia's Displaced

Colombia Ecuador Panama Venezuela Guest Post: Colombia's Displaced

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. The best known...

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Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

Latin America Mexico United States  Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

A recent study highlighted in La Jornada, a Mexican newspaper, claims that some ninety million Mexicans are poor, roughly 80 percent of the total population. This contrasts drastically with calculations...

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Why the Summit of the Americas Matters

Argentina Brazil Colombia Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Haiti Honduras Latin America Mexico United States Venezuela Why the Summit of the Americas Matters

The sixth Summit of the Americas on April 14-15 is part of an intense spring of bilateral and regional interactions in the hemisphere. It will bring together thirty-three heads of...

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