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Guest Post: Maduro's Limited Foreign Policy Agenda

Venezuela Guest Post: Maduro's Limited Foreign Policy Agenda

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. In recent years,...

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Venezuela's Economy and Future

Venezuela Venezuela's Economy and Future

Many Venezuela watchers have been waiting for the other proverbial economic shoe to drop (see here, here, and here), and for the country to fall into serious crisis. Others, such...

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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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Kirchners' New Economic Populism

General Kirchners' New Economic Populism

Argentina is known for its populists leaders, as well as spectacular economic booms and busts. Yet looking at the economic data of the last fifty years, successive governments have, perhaps...

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Venezuelan Election Roundup

Venezuela Venezuelan Election Roundup

On Sunday Hugo Chávez won his third presidential term. With 55 percent of the total vote, he bested opponent Henrique Capriles by almost 11 percent. With the dust now settling...

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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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Brazil's Stability is Success

Brazil Brazil's Stability is Success

In the most recent July/August issue of Foreign Affairs, many people including Richard Lapper, Larry Rohter, Ronaldo Lemos, and myself respond to Ruchir Sharma’s May/June article “Bearish on Brazil,” which...

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Latin America’s Economic Outlook

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Latin America Mexico Paraguay Peru United States Uruguay Venezuela Latin America’s Economic Outlook

The recent IMF economic outlook report entitled, “The Western Hemisphere: Rebuilding Strength and Flexibility,” is overall quite bullish on the region. Fueled by favorable commodity prices and plentiful international credit,...

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CFR’s Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy

United States  CFR’s Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy

Today the Council on Foreign Relations is releasing its independent Task Force report, “U.S. Trade and Investment Policy.” Led by Andrew H. Card — former White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush – and Thomas A. Daschle – former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader – and directed by my CFR colleagues Edward Alden and Matthew Slaughter, the 22 members took on the increasingly thorny issue of the future of U.S. trade policy.

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2011: The Year that Mexico Opens its Economy?

Mexico 2011: The Year that Mexico Opens its Economy?

It is becoming increasingly possible that 2011 will be the year that Mexico truly began opening its closed economy. Though political reform seems to have failed and efforts to centralize...

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