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Latin America's Populist Hangover

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Ecuador European Union Guatemala Honduras Latin America Peru United States Venezuela Latin America's Populist Hangover

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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The Case Against Rousseff’s Impeachment

Brazil The Case Against Rousseff’s Impeachment

As President Dilma Rousseff’s polling numbers fall far into the single digits, the calls for her impeachment grow louder. In Congress, PMDB lower house head Eduardo Cunha has broken with...

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Brazil’s Pre-Salt Oil Six Years Later

Brazil Brazil’s Pre-Salt Oil Six Years Later

In 2007, Petrobras engineers struck black gold, discovering vast oil reserves in the deep-water off the Brazilian coast and permanently altering not only Brazil’s energy landscape but the country’s economic...

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New Era for U.S.-Venezuela Relations?

Venezuela New Era for U.S.-Venezuela Relations?

Much of the discussion surrounding Chavez’s passing has focused on what his absence will mean for Venezuela’s internal politics, but below is my take for the BBC on how it...

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The Future of Brazilian Ethanol

Brazil The Future of Brazilian Ethanol

I am in Brazil this week, and met today with people from the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). In Brazil this means they are active energy players, as over half...

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Venezuela’s Capriles Radonski Wins Primary, Looks toward October Election

Venezuela Venezuela’s Capriles Radonski Wins Primary, Looks toward October Election

Things are heating up in the two presidential races facing Latin America this year. On the heels of Josefina Vázquez Mota’s victory in the PAN party primary last week, on Sunday...

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The Politics of Latin American Energy

Latin America The Politics of Latin American Energy

There has been a lot of talk about the shifting geopolitical weight from the east to the west due to the growth of energy resources in Latin America. Ever growing...

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2011 Trends in Latin America: The Middle Class

Argentina Brazil Mexico 2011 Trends in Latin America: The Middle Class

Another 2011 trend is the rise of the middle class. While in the United States article after article – as well as the country-wide “Occupy Wall Street” protests — denounced...

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2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer

Argentina Bolivia Brazil Cuba Paraguay Venezuela 2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer

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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Reads of the Week: Analyzing Humala’s Victory in Peru

Peru Reads of the Week: Analyzing Humala’s Victory in Peru

Steven Levitsky’s recent article in the Journal of Democracy explains why Humala won the Peruvian elections last summer. He points to a mix of campaign particulars — most importantly the divisions within the center-right – Humala’s effective shift from the left to the center, and most fundamentally, state weakness (which tends to push voters toward anti-establishment candidates). The Peruvian state has always been weak – as Hillel Soifer’s work has shown.

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