Latin America and the Caribbean

Analysis Brief

A Conservative Win in Ottawa

Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has dethroned Canada's Liberal Party after thirteen years at the helm in Ottawa. But it won't be an easy ride for Prime Minister Harper, who didn't win enough votes for a majority in parliament. Harper will face a divided House of Commons as he pushes through his promised reforms—including improved Canadian-U.S. relations.

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Analysis Brief


Chileans will be led for the first time by a woman, socialist Michelle Bachelet after a presidential runoff Sunday confirmed she is the electorate's choice.

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Brazil Drops Out

Author: Walter Russell Mead
American Interest

Walter Russell Mead says that Brazil's recent involvement in the diplomatic dispute between Iran and the United States reveals the United States' need to identify ways to help Brazil reach its potential and help advance important American interests in Latin America.

See more in History and Theory of International Relations; Brazil; Iran