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October 21, 2016

Brazil
A Brief Note on Eduardo Cunha’s Arrest

This week’s arrest of Eduardo Cunha—the former president of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, a leading member of President Michel Temer’s PMDB party, and a principal architect of Dilma Rousseff’s impeac…

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May 28, 2019

Climate Change
Climate Change and the Global Economy Should be the Top Priorities for Policymakers

How should world leaders prioritize global challenges in the coming year? Experts from twenty-eight think tanks ranked mitigating and adapting to climate change and managing the global economy as the…

An elderly man exercises in the morning as he faces chimneys emitting smoke behind buildings across the Songhua river in Jilin province, China on February 24, 2013

March 6, 2019

South Africa
Southern Africa’s Leaders Walking Anti-Corruption Tightrope

Several southern African states are in the news for anti-corruption efforts. In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a special tribunal to expedite state efforts to track down ill-gotten gains. In Mozambique, the former chief of the intelligence service and the former president’s son have been arrested in connection with a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal. In Angola, which also witnessed the arrest of a former president’s son last year, two sitting members of National Assembly from the ruling party were recently indicted on charges relating to corruption.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 7, 2019.

February 21, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Most Democrats running for president in 2020 are focused on domestic issues. Not Tulsi Gabbard. The Iraq War veteran and four-term congresswoman from Hawaii is putting foreign policy front and center…

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December 20, 2018

International Economic Policy
China's November Trade and the U.S. Trade Data from October

Both China and the U.S. provided their respective snapshots on the state of global trade earlier this month… The U.S. October trade data showed that the U.S. imports continue to grow at a robust c…

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October 3, 2018

Angola
How Much Change Will President Lourenco Bring to Angola?

Recent news out of Angola has raised the stakes in new President Joao Lourenco’s push to differentiate his tenure from that of his predecessor. Though he became president in September 2017, it was not until a year later that Lourenco assumed control of the ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), significantly bolstering his authority.

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October 8, 2018

Southeast Asia
Bolsonaro Ascendant: The Similarities to Rodrigo Duterte

On Sunday, far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polls and won roughly 46 percent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, coming close to t…

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August 16, 2018

Corruption
Latin America Needs Better Judges

Widespread corruption in Latin America’s judicial systems--such as Supreme Court justices engaging in bribery in Colombia and Peru, lawyers rigging judge appointments in Guatemala, and the attorney general firing an investigator for looking into corruption in Mexico--- requires more than laws to fix. It means building a professional civil service. While a daunting task, Chile and Brazil can point the way.

A gavel is seen after a session held by the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia on September 27, 2017.

April 27, 2018

Venezuela
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…

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.

April 13, 2018

Peru
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. 

A woman cleans a banner ahead of the eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru April 10, 2018.