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October 9, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
A worker at an export processing zone (EPZ) factory in Athi River, Kenya. AGOA: The U.S.-Africa Trade Program

AGOA is the cornerstone of the U.S.-Africa trade relationship, but declining support has called the program’s value into question.

January 5, 2015

Mexico
 Elections to Watch in 2015

The region will hold just two presidential elections this year, choosing new leaders in Guatemala and Argentina. More prevalent will be congressional and local elections. Midterms in Mexico, Venezuel…

September 16, 2011

Economics
Reads of the Week: The Latin American Soybean Boom, Mexican Security Spending and U.S. Drug Markets Reads of the Week: The Latin American Soybean Boom, Mexican Security Spending and U.S. Drug Markets

Workers harvest soybeans at a farm in Tangara da Serra, Brazil (Paulo Whitaker/Courtesy Reuters). A recent article by Mariano Turzi argues that soy is the most recent of Latin America’s commodity bo…

September 9, 2011

United States
Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America Reads of the Week: Extortion vs. Drug-Trafficking in Mexico, New Reports on U.S. Drug Use and Competitiveness in Latin America

A general view of Sao Paulo, the biggest Latin American city (Paolo Whitaker/Courtesy Reuters). A new piece by Eduardo Guerrero in Nexos looks at the growing problem of extortion in Mexico. Differen…

May 27, 2011

China
Latin America’s Growing Middle Class Latin America’s Growing Middle Class

Thousands of commuters pack the Se metro subway station in Sao Paulo (Paulo Whitaker / Courtesy Reuters). Two recent studies look at the rise of Latin America’s middle class. The first, by ECLAC (Ec…

October 7, 2016

Colombia
Podcast RTSR9PR_EC.jpg Colombia's Failed Peace Deal

Experts discuss Colombia’s failed peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and its implications for the country’s future.

May 29, 2015

Egypt
WR05292015 Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Money Pit, Morocco’s Jewish Community, and Saudi Civil Society

Nizar Manek and Jeremy Hodge chase after $9.4 billion worth of secret accounts and special funds hidden away by top Egyptian officials. Evelyn Crunden examines how one group in Morocco remembers and…

December 6, 2013

United States
SaudiForeignWorkers_CROPPED Weekend Reading: America’s Quagmire?, an Egyptian Thanksgiving, and Foreign Workers No Longer in Saudi

Ammar Abdulhamid looks at the consequences of U.S. inaction in Syria and elsewhere. Maged Atiya remembers his first Thanksgiving. Brian Whitaker on the underreported expulsion of foreign workers in…

September 10, 2014

Brazil
A Presidential Protest Vote in Brazil?

With the economy in recession, public infrastructure projects lagging, and last year’s protests still resonating, the public mood in Brazil is far less optimistic than when Dilma Rousseff rose to the…