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IMF High-Level Conference on Latin America

Latin America IMF High-Level Conference on Latin America

Two weeks ago, I joined Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, Santiago Levy, vice president for sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank,...

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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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Latin America Goes Global Launch

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Today is the official launch of Latin America Goes Global. Led by Christopher Sabatini, adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and formerly editor-in-chief...

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CFR Media Call: Summit of the Americas

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The seventh Summit of the Americas begins today in Panama City, Panama. Taking place every three years, it brings together leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere. This summit’s central theme is “Prosperity...

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Latin America’s Middle-Income Trap

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In 2014, GDP growth in the region slowed to less than 1 percent. Expectations for 2015 are just slightly better, with forecasters predicting growth of nearer to 2 percent. The...

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The Strategic Importance of North America to U.S. Interests

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  Yesterday, I had the privilege to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at a hearing titled “The Strategic Importance of the Western Hemisphere: Defining...

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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America Holds Steady in 2013

Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia Latin America Mexico Peru Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America Holds Steady in 2013

In 2013, foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America reached $185 billion according to the latest ECLAC report, continuing the slight upward trend of the last three years. Brazil maintained its...

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Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

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With Eric Cantor’s loss earlier this week, most believe immigration reform is dead. Yet with tens of thousands of Mexican and Central American children flooding across the U.S. southern border,...

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