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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…

August 28, 2015

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Tackling Corruption in Guatemala, Snap Elections, and AGOA’s Challenges

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in “This Week in Markets and Democracy.”  International Anticorruption Efforts Seem…

Workers stand on top of bags of sugar at the Mumias sugar factory in western Kenya February 24, 2015. In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies. With much of the production coming from small rain-fed plots rather than large irrigated plantations, costs are much higher than Kenya's competitors (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya).

January 5, 2015

Mexico
Elections to Watch in 2015

The region will hold just two presidential elections this year, choosing new leaders in Guatemala and Argentina. More prevalent will be congressional and local elections. Midterms in Mexico, Venezuel…

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…

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March 5, 2012

Americas
Vice President Biden Visits Mexico and Central America

On Sunday, Joe Biden began his second trip to Latin America as Vice President. In 2009  he went to Chile and Costa Rica to talk about the global economic crisis; now he is in Mexico and Honduras, foc…

Biden and Calderon Image - Latin America's Moment

December 20, 2011

Human Rights
Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

  Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt leaves the public prosecutor’s office in Guatemala City (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters).   This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a res…

Guest Post: Guatemala’s Ex-President Asks About Genocide Trial

February 23, 2012

Politics and Government
Press Freedom and Democracy in Latin America

Last Wednesday, Ecuador’s Supreme Court upheld sentences handed down in July 2011 for four members of the El Universo newspaper’s staff in the latest chapter of a lengthy and controversial trial. Thr…

Freedom of Press - Latin America's Moment

February 13, 2012

Economics
Venezuela’s Capriles Radonski Wins Primary, Looks toward October Election

Things are heating up in the two presidential races facing Latin America this year. On the heels of Josefina Vázquez Mota’s victory in the PAN party primary last week, on Sunday Venezuela hosted yet …

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January 10, 2012

Human Rights
What to Watch in 2012: Two Elections That Could Transform Latin America

Though fewer in number than in 2011, the two Presidential elections on the docket for 2012 will make up for it in terms of their importance in the region. The first will happen in July in Mexico. Le…

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January 24, 2012

Human Rights
Guest Post: Ríos Montt Plays a Risky Defense Game

This is a guest post by Natalie Kitroeff, a research associate here at the Council on Foreign Relations who works with me in the Latin America program. Without fanfare, or so much as a public arr…

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