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North America’s Energy Boom

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The past week, I participated in an IMF panel discussion on the North American energy boom with fellow energy watchers Alejandro Werner, Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, Alejandro...

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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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Foreign Direct Investment and Jobs in Latin America

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In 2012 Latin America received its largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) to date: $170 billion or 12 percent of global flows. These flows went into a range of...

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A Strategy to Reduce Gun Trafficking and Violence in the Americas

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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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Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States

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As Senate immigration negotiations continue, the Council on Foreign Relations has just released a report on the effectiveness of U.S. immigration enforcement. The authors, Bryan Roberts (a senior economist at...

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Silicon Valley Takes on Immigration Reform

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As the U.S. Congress looks to embark on immigration reform soon, many things have changed since the last try in 2007. One of the most important is the role of...

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A Seamless North American Market

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The Council on Foreign Relations released a new policy innovation memorandum today by American University professor Bob Pastor. The paper, “Shortcut to U.S. Economic Competitiveness: A Seamless North American Market,”...

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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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Looking Back on 2012: Regional Integration in Latin America

Latin America Looking Back on 2012: Regional Integration in Latin America

In 2012 a big theme for Latintelligence was regional integration. A look at the past two hundred years of integration through today can be found here. These posts look at...

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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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