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February 27, 2017

Mexico
Why Mexico Needs a Second Round

View article in Spanish, originally published in El Financiero. Mexico’s presidential elections for decades have been a one shot deal. Whomever wins the most votes—paltry as that count may be—goes o…

June 10, 2016

Peru
Great Political Comeback in Peru

This is a guest blog post by Ivan Rebolledo, managing partner of TerraNova Strategic Partners. Sunday’s election pitted the two versions of the Peruvian right against each other: the populist, Keiko…

March 22, 2016

Cuba
Burying Cuba

President Obama’s speech to the Cuban people today included many nice lines about democracy and human rights. But the ideological content was found in this line, early in the speech: "I have come he…

March 17, 2016

Cuba
Senator Menendez Speaks About the Obama Visit to Cuba

On Thursday, Sen. Robert Menendez (D, NJ) delivered a long and heartfelt statement on the floor of the United States Senate about Pres. Obama’s  forthcoming visit to Cuba. The entire text is copied b…

August 17, 2015

Cuba
Did The Kerry Visit To Cuba Matter?

Secretary of State Kerry traveled to Havana to raise the flag at the U.S. Embassy there last week. As has been noted here in this blog and in many news articles and columns, no dissidents or human ri…

March 30, 2011

Americas
Do U.S. Budget Cuts Threaten the IDB?

President of the IADB Luis Alberto Moreno and U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner at the 50th Inter-American Development Bank's general assembly (Jose Gomez/Courtesy Reuters). The Inter-American De…

President of the IADB Luis Alberto Moreno and U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner at the 50th Inter-American Development Bank’s general assembly (Jose Gomez/Courtesy Reuters).

October 31, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Mexico on the Road to 2012

Peña Nieto, outgoing Institutional Revolutionary Party governor in the State of Mexico, is silhouetted against the national flag before delivering his sixth and final state report in Toluca (Courtesy…

Mexico on the Road to 2012

October 18, 2011

Climate Change
Argentina’s Natural Gas Discoveries

A view of the San Alberto gas plant (David Mercado/Courtesy Reuters). Last December, Argentina’s major oil and gas company YPF discovered some 4.5 trillion cubic feet of unconventional gas in the so…

Argentina’s Natural Gas Discoveries

August 2, 2011

Economics
Pulling Guatemala Back from the Brink

If Guatemalans truly want a more stable and secure future, they will have to start making tough choices. Instead of writing Guatemala off as a lost cause, we should applaud the work of a few courageo…

Pulling Guatemala Back from the Brink