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The Hidden Refugee Crisis in the Western Hemisphere

Brazil Cuba El Salvador Guatemala Haiti Honduras Immigration Latin America Mexico United States Venezuela The Hidden Refugee Crisis in the Western Hemisphere

While much attention is rightly focused on Syria and the Middle East, there are a growing number of refugees in the Western Hemisphere. The largest group comes from Central America’s...

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Glimpses of Optimism in Guatemala

Guatemala Glimpses of Optimism in Guatemala

The news and statistics from Guatemala are anything but reassuring. More than half the nation’s sixteen million citizens live in poverty. Worse, almost one in two children under five suffer...

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Visiting the Panama Canal

Panama Visiting the Panama Canal

Last week I was in Panama, and had the good fortune of visiting the Canal. In its Centennial year, it is a truly impressive feat of engineering, some forty-eight miles...

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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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Diverging Inequality in Latin America and the United States

Latin America United States Diverging Inequality in Latin America and the United States

Most everyone agrees that inequality matters. Studies by the World Bank, the IMF, and by academics (such as Richard Wilkinson of the University of Nottingham) demonstrate how harmful inequality can...

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Guest Post: Latin America’s Working Women

Latin America Guest Post: Latin America’s Working Women

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. Over the last...

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Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Worth the Price?

Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Latin America Mexico Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Worth the Price?

In the economic development world, one of Latin America’s claims to fame are its conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs), which provide direct money transfers to low-income families who send their...

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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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Mexico’s 99 Percent: How the Next President Can Reduce Poverty and Inequality

Mexico Mexico’s 99 Percent: How the Next President Can Reduce Poverty and Inequality

It is campaign season in Mexico, and aside from security issues, front-runners Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI and Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the PRD are focusing on poverty...

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