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December 15, 2016

Americas
Latin America’s Wide-Open Electoral Season

Half of the eighteen nations of Central and South America will hold presidential elections over the next two years.[1] The number of elections is not unprecedented, but the degree of uncertainty is, …

July 28, 2016 (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo).

October 18, 2016

Americas
Latin America’s Populist Hangover

In my piece published in the November/December 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, I lay out the economic and political characteristics of populism, analyze why it is receding in Latin America today, and …

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October 28, 2016

Venezuela
How Venezuela Got Into This Mess

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*] By the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will likely be less than three-quarters of its 2013 size. Inflation is set to increase from 700 p…

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May 26, 2015

Cuba
Castro 200, Obama 0: While Talks Continue, Beatings Continue

When President Obama junked 60 years of U.S. foreign policy to seek a rapprochement with the Castro regime in Cuba, he was aware that he would be accused of ignoring human rights. After all, the Obam…

July 21, 2010

Religion
Religious Leaders on Immigration Reform

Four religious leaders weigh in on the importance of reform and the role of the religious community in the continuing, heated debate on immigration.

May 30, 2013

Immigration and Migration
The Presidential Inbox: Latin America

As part of the Council on Foreign Relations’, “Presidential Inbox” series, I sat down yesterday with Arturo Valenzuela, former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Sergio …

February 12, 2013

Economics
Mexico’s Drug War

In the past three decade Mexico has undergone widespread political and economic transformations, becoming an electoral democracy and cultivating a growing middle class. Despite this real progress, Me…

October 12, 2012

Politics and Government
New From CFR: Reforming the IMF

Yesterday on CFR.org, four experts from around the world discussed the dynamics surrounding the underrepresentation of emerging economies in the governance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). …

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June 19, 2012

China
Brazil’s Stability is Success

In the most recent July/August issue of Foreign Affairs, many people including Richard Lapper, Larry Rohter, Ronaldo Lemos, and myself respond to Ruchir Sharma’s May/June article “Bearish on Brazil,”…

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July 21, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Reads of the Week: New Migration Trends, and Valenzuela’s Tenure

While last week Damien Cave’s great New York Times piece highlights the positive economic factors keeping Mexicans at home, this week the Wall Street Journal adds border crossing dangers to the reaso…

Undocumented Migrants travel on raft bound for Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico