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Mexico’s Congressional Agenda for 2013

Mexico Mexico’s Congressional Agenda for 2013

With Enrique Peña Nieto’s first congressional session just starting, expectations are high. Between now and April 30th, when the sixty-second Congress will adjourn, many hope the administration will tackle the...

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Latin America’s Economic Outlook

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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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Too Bearish on Brazil: Ruchir Sharma in Foreign Affairs

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The recent Foreign Affairs article “Bearish on Brazil” lays out a quite pessimistic view of Brazil. For the author, Ruchir Sharma, the Brazil fuss has risen and will largely fall...

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Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

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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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Latin America’s Expanding Definition of National Security

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Two reports came out recently from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Council of the Americas (COA), both looking at Latin America and framing their substance...

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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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Reads of the Week: New Migration Trends, and Valenzuela’s Tenure

Immigration Mexico Peru Reads of the Week: New Migration Trends, and Valenzuela’s Tenure

While two weeks ago Damien Cave’s great New York Times piece highlighted the positive economic factors keeping Mexicans at home, this week the Wall Street Journal adds border crossing dangers to the reasons for a downward trend in undocumented migration. This holds doubly true for Central Americans. A recent RAND study shows that while fewer Mexicans are coming to the United States, fewer are leaving as well, even with the economic downturn. Its authors suggest that this is due to the “target earner hypothesis,” which holds that migrants will not return to their home country until they have earned a prefixed level of savings. I’d add that the increasing costs and dangers of returning must also affect migrants’ calculation.

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Will Brazil Face the Energy Curse?

Brazil Will Brazil Face the Energy Curse?

Each day it seems Brazil finds more and more oil in the Santos Basin. Its estimated reserves almost doubled this year, totaling over 30 billion barrels.

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Chile Votes for Change

Chile Chile Votes for Change

Despite the calm, Chile's presidential election Sunday was one of the transformative political moments in Latin America in recent years. Chile has transitioned toward a more pluralistic democracy and away from two decades of electoral dominance by the Concertación.

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Fixing Social Security in Latin America (Again)

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I recently published this article in the Americas Quarterly policy journal, which was republished in Business Chile. While some in the United States still talk about the introduction of private...

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