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How Latin America Fares in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index

Latin America How Latin America Fares in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index

The Legatum Institute, a London-based policy organization, just published its annual Prosperity Index. Using eighty-nine indicators across eight indices—economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom,...

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Discussing Mexico at the Texas Book Festival

Mexico United States Discussing Mexico at the Texas Book Festival

This past Sunday I was in Austin, Texas at the Texas Book Festival. I had the honor of moderating a panel about two great books on Mexico, Ricardo Ainslie’s The...

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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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Review of Smuggler Nation

Latin America United States Review of Smuggler Nation

In Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Peter Andreas, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studies at...

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A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas

Latin America Mexico United States A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas

My CFR colleague Julia Sweig just published a policy innovation memorandum outlining “A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas,” where she argues that lax U.S. gun...

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What’s Happening in Latin America

Latin America

Ably led by Marty Moss-Coane, host of Philadelphia’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and I had...

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Corruption in Mexico

Mexico Corruption in Mexico

Follow Mexico’s headlines and you will see an uptick in high-level corruption cases. In this piece for Huffington Post, I discuss how Mexico has gotten better at exposing corruption but...

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Latin America’s Secret Success Story

Latin America Latin America’s Secret Success Story

For the start of the Biennial of the Americas conference, I wrote an article for the Daily Beast on why Latin America is steadily growing in global importance. You can...

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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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Security Cooperation in Mexico

Mexico United States Security Cooperation in Mexico

I was in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to give testimony on U.S.-Mexico security cooperation at a Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs’ hearing. You can read my...

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