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April 27, 2018

Venezuela
Venezuela's Oil Minister and President of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA Manuel Quevedo attends the event launching the new Venezuelan cryptocurrency "Petro" in Caracas, Venezuela February 20, 2018. Why Oil Sanctions Against Venezuela No Longer Make Sense

This post is co-written by David R. Mares, the Institute of the Americas chair for Inter-American Affairs and professor for political science at the University of California San Diego and the Baker I…

April 13, 2018

Peru
A woman cleans a banner ahead of the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru April 10, 2018. Trump's No-Show May Lift Summit From Swamp

President Trump's no-show means less drama and more space at Summit of the Americas for the main theme of corruption. 

April 5, 2018

Mexico
A union worker holds a placard as she protests outside Pemex headquarters to demand better contracts for technicians and other professionals, in Mexico City, Mexico November 7, 2017. The placard reads: "The oil is from the nation" Mexico's Election Could Leave Its Economy in Limbo — No Matter Who Wins

Pena Nieto’s structural reforms in Mexico have yielded a few quick gains, mostly in telecom prices and access to credit, but most of the benefits are yet to come. However many may not, as justified frustration with the government’s fiscal mismanagement and corruption leads voters to turn away from a more open economic model before the advantages appear.

December 21, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Election-Ramaphosa-African-National-Congress Split in South Africa’s National Congress May Not Last

The African National Congress' National Executive Committee leadership appears to be split down the middle, with the Top Six equally divided between the the Ramaphosa and the Zuma/Dlamini-Zuma factions.

May 24, 2018

North Korea
On North Korea, Iran, and Trump

The cancellation of the US/North Korea meeting begins, in my view, with the JCPOA. Logic suggests that what Kim really wanted from the new administration was a JCPOA of his own. That is, he wanted…

May 24, 2018

Turkey
Turkey Could Use a Few More Reserves, and a Somewhat Less Creative Banking System Turkey Could Use a Few More Reserves, and a Somewhat Less Creative Banking System

Turkey’s currency initially rallied after the central bank raised interest rates yesterday. Perhaps a bit more orthodoxy is all it will take to restore a modicum of stability to Turkey’s markets. The…

May 24, 2018

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 18, 2018. A Scorecard for Dr. Tedros as the WHO’s Director-General

Tedros’s first year as Director-General of the WHO demonstrated his vision, leadership, and ability to seize an opportunity for action. However, concerns remain regarding his willingness to balance p…

March 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Will South Korea’s Olympic Diplomacy Last?

South Korea must capitalize on its diplomatic push to bridge the divide between its longtime ally and its combative neighbor.

May 23, 2018

Brazil
Workers assemble riding toys of Brazilian toymaker Estrela at a factory in Hernandarias, Paraguay February 7, 2017. Latin America Needs More Home-Grown Supply Chains

Latin American nations remain isolated, trading little with each other. Regional economic integration is vital to compete globally and grow faster domestically. In order to do this, they must create cross-border supply chains and move up in the value chain.

May 22, 2018

Trade
Soybeans China Trump's China Deal is the Worst Ever

Accord focused on soybeans and gas does nothing about huge tech-sector challenges.