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July 12, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Consideration of the Taylor Force Act

Elliott Abrams testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, discussing the Taylor Force Act.

August 21, 2017

Mexico
Lima Declaration ¡Gracias, Donald!

August has brought a number of depressing reversals in the United States’ relation with Latin America: President Trump’s seemingly offhand statement on the possibility of military intervention in Ven…

August 8, 2017

Brazil
"Out Temer" Projected on Brazil's Congress Brazil’s Clouded Political Horizons

Brazil is in a confusing place, with unprecedented voter dissatisfaction but no clear path out of crisis. Markets cheered last week when Congress voted 51 percent to 45 percent not to permit Presiden…

July 25, 2017

Corruption
President Roosevelt pointing at a map of South America towards the area explored during the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition in Brazil as another man looks on. What Latin America Can Learn From Past Anticorruption Success

As Latin America reflects on its current wave of anticorruption successes—including the arrest of former Guatemalan president, Odebrecht prosecutions in Peru, and the ongoing Lava Jato cleanup in Bra…

July 12, 2017

Corruption
The exterior of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington, July 14, 2009. Helping U.S. Lawyers in the Fight Against International Corruption

Last year was momentous for the breadth and depth of corruption revealed globally. Among the many remarkable events of 2016, the massive Panama Papers release, the multinational Odebrecht settlement,…

June 27, 2017

South America
Rodrigo Garrido South America's Turn to Deadlock

Scholars of Latin America spent much of the first decade of this century discussing the causes and consequences of the region's turn to the left, under Venezuela's Chávez, Argentina's Kirchners, Braz…

October 28, 2016

China
bringing-international-pressure-to-bear-on-nicolas-maduro-lam Bringing International Pressure To Bear on Nicolás Maduro

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*. It is the third of a series that begins with this post.] The collapse in Venezuela has many potential costs: democratic regression in Latin Am…

June 20, 2017

Corruption
No More Corruption Corruption Brief Series: Lessons from Guatemala

I am pleased to share the latest report in the Corruption Brief series from the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this report, I focus on the case …

June 2, 2017

Brazil
Judge Barroso Brazil’s Most Underreported Reform Battle

With all of the turbulence in Brazil, observers can be forgiven for ignoring a potentially paradigm-shattering initiative that picked up speed last month: reducing politicians’ court privileges. So…