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July 7, 2016

Trade
Venezuela’s Woes Reach Mercosur

Mercosur is under considerable internal strain. As at other times in the trade bloc’s history, shifting political winds and changing trade priorities have placed the member countries at loggerheads. …

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands in front of an image depicting the country's late President Hugo Chavez during a meeting with members of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) in Caracas

July 30, 2015

Brazil
The Case Against Rousseff’s Impeachment

As President Dilma Rousseff’s polling numbers fall far into the single digits, the calls for her impeachment grow louder. In Congress, PMDB lower house head Eduardo Cunha has broken with Rousseff, in…

March 17, 2016

Brazil
Do Brazil’s Street Protests Spell the End for Rousseff?

Brazil’s drama has escalated at breakneck speed. On March 4, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was detained for questioning. On March 8, construction magnate Marcelo Odebrecht was sentenced …

March 13, 2015

Brazil
The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

The Petrobras corruption investigation, known locally as Operation Lava Jato (Carwash), entered a new phase last week, when Rodrigo Janot, Brazil’s general prosecutor, implicated 53 politicians from …

October 23, 2013

Brazil
Public Education in Brazil

When people talk about what holds Brazil back, education tops the list (along with infrastructure). The poor quality of Brazil’s public education system limits students’ capabilities and adaptability…

Brazil education - LAM

November 25, 2013

United States
Many Stories, One Juárez

I had the great honor of participating in a fundraiser in El Paso last week—organized by the Somos Fund—to support after school programs and scholarships for kids affected by violence in Ciudad Juáre…

Villas de Salvarcar - LAM

May 30, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Going Directly to the Wastebasket: Another Plan for the "Peace Process"

Some "peace processors" never give up. In the New York Times today, four of them try an old and very bad idea: forget about negotiations, and substitute the views of some un-elected elderly "statesme…

September 6, 2011

Economics
Demand Side Policies in the U.S. War on Drugs

Passengers on a bus pass a vehicle painted with a slogan during an anti-drugs campaign to mark International Anti-Drug Day in Jakarta (Dadang Tri/Courtesy Reuters). The “drug war” strategy of the la…

Passengers on a bus pass a vehicle painted with a slogan during an anti-drugs campaign to mark International Anti-Drug Day in Jakarta (Dadang Tri/Courtesy Reuters).

January 3, 2013

Americas
What to Watch in 2013: Latin America’s Presidential Elections

Last year Mexico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic held presidential elections, leading to some of the region’s biggest news stories of the year: the PRI’s return to power and the strong second …

Elections in 2013 - LAM

December 28, 2011

Brazil
2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer

Presidents Chavez of Venezuela, Fernandez of Argentina and Rousseff of Brazil chat while posing for a family photo during the CELAC summit in Caracas (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Courtesy Reuters). As 201…

2011 Trends in Latin America: The Region’s Presidents Battle Cancer