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Guest Post: The Petrobras Corruption Scandal and Brazil's Ethanol Sector

Brazil Guest Post: The Petrobras Corruption Scandal and Brazil's Ethanol Sector

This is a guest post by Luis Ferreira Alvarez, an analyst with Stratas Advisors’ Global Biofuels Assessment and Global Alternative Fuels divisions covering Latin America.  As Brazil’s Petrobras corruption investigation continues to roil...

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Latin America v. Citizens United

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In a post originally published on ForeignPolicy.com, Shannon O’Neil explains what Brazil and the rest of Latin America can teach the United States about keeping unregulated donations out of elections....

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Latin America’s Middle Class

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The first decade of the 21st century was a good one for Latin America. A recent Pew Research Center report estimates that some 63 million individuals entered the middle class,...

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Taking on Corruption in Latin America

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2015 is shaping up to be the anti-corruption year for Latin America. After resigning last week in the face of a growing corruption scandal, Guatemalan President Pérez Molina now faces...

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The Case Against Rousseff’s Impeachment

Brazil The Case Against Rousseff’s Impeachment

As President Dilma Rousseff’s polling numbers fall far into the single digits, the calls for her impeachment grow louder. In Congress, PMDB lower house head Eduardo Cunha has broken with...

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Infrastructure on Rousseff’s Agenda

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This is a guest post by Emilie Sweigart, an intern here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America Studies program. Even as Brazil pushes...

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Economic Clusters, Productivity, and Growth in Latin America

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This post was co-authored by Gilberto Garcia, research associate for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. How can countries boost productivity and economic competitiveness? Many economists and...

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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America fell in 2014, down 16 percent to $159 billion according to the latest ECLAC report. This outpaced global declines closer to 7 percent,...

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China’s RMB Swap Lines with Latin America

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My colleagues Benn Steil and Dinah Walker recently published a great interactive on the spread of central bank currency swaps since the financial crisis. They find the United States provided...

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The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

Brazil The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

The Petrobras corruption investigation, known locally as Operation Lava Jato (Carwash), entered a new phase last week, when Rodrigo Janot, Brazil’s general prosecutor, implicated 53 politicians from six different political...

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