The Latin America Studies program examines the issues, opportunities, and challenges facing the Western Hemisphere in the twenty-first century, and provides timely and insightful commentary and policy recommendations in response to political, social, and economic developments throughout the Americas.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, best known as AMLO, won Mexico’s presidential election by a landslide. How he chooses to enact his policies—and whether he will abide by the institutional checks and balances within Mexico’s democratic political system—remains to be seen.
In addition to a sharp economic downturn, Venezuela faces a humanitarian crisis. The United States can do little to prevent a downward spiral, but it should take measures to mitigate the political, economic, and humanitarian consequences of a potential mass emigration.
In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Shannon K. O’Neil explains that beyond the narrative of violence that dominates the headlines is a more hopeful Mexico with a globally competitive economy, a rising middle class, and increasingly influential pro-democracy voters—a country the United States should see as a partner, not a problem. Teaching notes by the author.