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Mitigating Drivers of Climate Migration in the Americas

Escalating climate change has resulted in more frequent extreme weather events, rising temperatures, and variable precipitation patterns across Latin America and the Caribbean. Today Central America,…

January 6, 2022

Politics and Government
Renewing America Series: The Growing Divide—Polarization in the United States

On the one-year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, our panelists examine polarization in the United States and the threats it poses to U.S. democracy. This meeting is part of the Diamo…

Play Capitol Rioters on January 6th

December 1, 2021

Global
Central Bank Currency Swaps Tracker

Introduction Since the financial crisis of 2007, central banks around the world have entered into a multitude of bilateral currency swap agreements with one another. These agreements allow a centr…

January 10, 2022

Latin America
Latin America's New Economic Model May Emerge in Chile

Once the region’s no-frills, free-market poster child, Chile needs more government spending, not less, to sustain its growth trajectory.

Chile's president elect, Gabriel Boric, gives a thumbs up

January 6, 2022

Democracy
CFR Relaunches Renewing America to Explore Domestic Foundations of U.S. Leadership

As the United States marks the first anniversary of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has expanded its Renewing America initiative to focus on the domestic f…

July 1, 2021

Latin America
Central America’s Turbulent Northern Triangle

The U.S. government is responding to another wave of migrants fleeing poverty, violence, and other challenges in the Central American region.

A child sits outside her home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

January 27, 2022

Monetary Policy
What Is the U.S. Federal Reserve?

Over the past decade, the Fed has deployed trillions of dollars in stimulus while expanding its regulatory oversight. The central bank is back on the front lines to fight the COVID-19 crisis.  

Federal Reserve

December 17, 2021

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Three decades after its founding, Latin America’s largest trade bloc faces multiple challenges, including persistent internal division and the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Brazil.

December 21, 2021

Latin America
Populism Has Killed Latin America’s Once-Powerful ‘Technopols’

Once able to rely on larger-than-life finance ministers, the region’s business leaders now need to make the public case for free markets via retail politics.

Finance Minister of Argentina Martín Guzmán bumps fists with Argentine President Alberto Fernández

January 13, 2022

Argentina
Argentina: A South American Power Struggles for Stability

Argentina is one of Latin America’s largest economies and most stable democracies, but the country has struggled with political dysfunction and financial crises in recent decades.

Supporters of President Alberto Fernandez celebrate Peronism in Buenos Aires in October 2021.