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Reads of the Week: Latin America’s Progress, Its Unfortunate Limits, and the U.S.-Brazil Agenda

Brazil Latin America Reads of the Week: Latin America’s Progress, Its Unfortunate Limits, and the U.S.-Brazil Agenda

For those of you that haven’t seen this yet — the Economist’s Americas editor Michael Reid provided a great overview of Latin America’s progress in recent years, as well as the challenges that lie ahead in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sub-Committee on the Western Hemisphere two weeks ago

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CFR’s Independent Task Force: Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations

Brazil China Latin America CFR’s Independent Task Force: Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations

Today the Council on Foreign Relations is releasing its independent Task Force report, “Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations”. Although there were some differences of opinion among Task Force members (some of which are noted in the additional comments and dissents section of the report), everyone agreed to Brazil’s rising importance.

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Will Peru Take on the Narco-Traffickers?

Peru Will Peru Take on the Narco-Traffickers?

Though successful anti-poverty and anti-drug campaigns are not mutually exclusive, achieving both sets of aims will be no easy feat for Peru’s incoming president. As Wall Street waits to see how the recent elections will affect Peru’s economic trajectory, domestic and international communities should also be looking toward Humala’s initial security programs, and how he will balance the fight against drugs with his long-standing commitment to improving the lot of Peru’s poor.

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How Mexico Can Win Drug War, Colombia’s Way

Colombia Mexico How Mexico Can Win Drug War, Colombia’s Way

In 2002, strife-torn Colombia took a bold step that paved the way for vastly improved public safety. Now Mexico is struggling to subdue drug wars that have killed almost 40,000 people during President Felipe Calderon’s tenure. It’s time to try the Colombian remedy.

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The Beginning (and End) of a Free Trade Agenda

Colombia Panama The Beginning (and End) of a Free Trade Agenda

In Washington the final negotiations for the three long-awaited free trade agreements (FTA) seem complete. Initially penned by the Bush administration in 2007, the South Korea, Colombia, and Panama FTAs languished for over three years due to Democratic (and some Republican) concerns over labor and human rights, environmental standards and tax haven laws.

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Justice in Mexico

Mexico Justice in Mexico

CFR just released a very thoughtful report by David A. Shirk, “The Drug War in Mexico: Confronting a Shared Threat,” that explores the Mexican government’s capacity to fight organized crime.

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Mexico-U.S. Relations: What's Next?

General Mexico Mexico-U.S. Relations: What's Next?

Open any Mexican newspaper today and the drug carnage is front and center. In the last three years, narco-related murders surpassed 18,000, nearly 8,000 of these occurred in 2009 alone. Yet crime-related violence in Mexico is not new. What has changed in recent decades is the scale of Mexico’s narcotics operations.

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Foreign Affairs Article in Spanish

Immigration Mexico Foreign Affairs Article in Spanish

For those of you who may prefer to read in Spanish, my Foreign Affairs article on Mexico has been translated and appears in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica.

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Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

Colombia Pass FTA and amend Plan Colombia, from the Washington Times

It has been two years since the United States and Colombia signed a free trade agreement, and it still has not been approved by Congress, in part due to concerns...

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