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How Guatemala’s New Government Should Take on the Security Challenge

Guatemala How Guatemala’s New Government Should Take on the Security Challenge

Front-runner Otto Pérez Molina won 36% of the vote in first round of Guatemala’s presidential elections on Sunday, and will face off against second place finisher Manuel Baldizón in the...

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How the Republican Front-Runners See Latin America

Colombia Mexico How the Republican Front-Runners See Latin America

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann gestures beside Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential debate in Ames (Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann gestures beside Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential debate in Ames (Courtesy Reuters). As primary election season gets underway, the Republican hopefuls have had little to say about Latin America. But there have been a few hints though from the leading candidates as to what they see when they look south – particularly with regard to Mexico.

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Pulling Guatemala Back from the Brink

Colombia Guatemala Mexico Pulling Guatemala Back from the Brink

For a place that many have already labeled a failed state, the recent advances in security are a ray of hope. A committed Attorney General and external commission have shown that it is possible to make inroads combating organized crime and Guatemala’s pervasive culture of impunity. But to sustain and further these small islands of progress, other branches of government and citizens more generally will have to do their part.

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CFR’s Independent Task Force: Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations

Brazil China Latin America CFR’s Independent Task Force: Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations

Today the Council on Foreign Relations is releasing its independent Task Force report, “Global Brazil and U.S.-Brazil Relations”. Although there were some differences of opinion among Task Force members (some of which are noted in the additional comments and dissents section of the report), everyone agreed to Brazil’s rising importance.

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It’s time for Mexico to take the lead, from Mexico’s The News

Mexico It’s time for Mexico to take the lead, from Mexico’s The News

It’s hard to believe that Calderon is coming up for 2 years in office, one-third of his term. Much has been said of Calderon’s domestic agenda, but in the op-ed...

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