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September 23, 2016

Americas
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends an event with workers' unions leaders against the privatization of Brazilian state companies and against Brazil's interim President Michel Temer, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 6, 2016 (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes). This Week in Markets and Democracy: Brazil’s Lula Charged, Thai Labor Case, Corporate Tax Battles

Brazil’s Lula Charged with Corruption After months of speculation, Brazilian judge Sérgio Moro allowed bribery charges against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) to move forward. He i…

January 11, 2018

Brazil
A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil. Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

December 26, 2017

Americas
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Populism Looms Over Latin America's Election Year

In 2018, nearly two out of every three Latin Americans will head to the polls to elect new leaders, and the fight against corruption will be high on their agenda. The surge to throw the bums out coul…

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

October 10, 2017

Gender
Girl child International Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child. The focus of this year’s internationally recognized day is "EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after crises," aimed at highlighting how conflict …

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…

June 30, 2017

Philippines
Philippine government troops take cover in Marawi City. Duterte Fumbles in Southern Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte’s chaotic strategy against Islamic State-linked groups in the Philippines might fail to defeat the most extreme militants while squandering the chance for peace.

May 12, 2017

Brazil
President Michel Temer attends the presidential inauguration. Will 2018 Bring a Mandate for Change in Brazil?

It has been a tough month in Brasilia. The release of the list of 98 senior politicians implicated in the Lava Jato investigation confirmed that corruption runs broad and deep across the political la…

March 22, 2017

China
Brazil’s Brewing Trade Debate

Brazil is in the midst of a grand debate on its future in the global economy. The debate has been happening behind the scenes, obfuscated by the fireworks of the Lava Jato corruption scandal, oversha…

February 10, 2017

Brazil's President Michel Temer attends the inauguration ceremony of new Ministers, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, February 3, 2017 (Reuters/Adriano Machado). The Future of Lava Jato and Brazil’s Reform Agenda

The tragic January airplane crash that killed Justice Teori Zavascki, a member of Brazil’s highest court (the Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF), has given President Michel Temer an opportunity to seize …