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Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Immigration Latin America Mexico Immigration Reform Is Dead, Precisely When We Need It Most

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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Review of Smuggler Nation

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In Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Peter Andreas, a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studies at...

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What’s Happening in Latin America

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Ably led by Marty Moss-Coane, host of Philadelphia’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and I had...

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What to Watch in U.S. Drug Policy

United States What to Watch in U.S. Drug Policy

Reading through the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, it is not all that different from recent years past. Drug use remains a serious issue within the United States, with national...

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Plagued by Crime, Mexico Creates New Police Force

Mexico Plagued by Crime, Mexico Creates New Police Force

Since entering Los Pinos last year, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has wasted no time in pushing some of Mexico’s most-needed economic reforms through Congress, but the same has not...

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Is Our Relationship With Mexico at the Crossroads?

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This past Monday I spoke with Jim Zirin on Digital Age about Mexico’s growing middle class, security situation, and latest telecommunication reform. You can watch the interview here or below....

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Mexico’s Drug War and the Disappeared

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An often overlooked problem with the so-called “war on drugs” mindset has been the effect on local populations: as military officials or militarized law enforcement officers fight narcotraffickers, they often...

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Mexico's Drug War

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In the past three decade Mexico has undergone widespread political and economic transformations, becoming an electoral democracy and cultivating a growing middle class. Despite this real progress, Mexico faces an...

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Transforming Brazil's Favelas

Brazil Transforming Brazil's Favelas

I got the chance last week to visit the Centro Comunitário Lídia dos Santos (or CEACA), an NGO based in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Morro dos Macacos—once the...

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Mexico's Democratic Malaise

Mexico Mexico's Democratic Malaise

During Mexico’s 2012 presidential election, many political pundits voiced their fears that the PRI’s return would bring a resurgence of the country’s less democratic past. According to new polling data...

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