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November 14, 2018

Venezuela
Looking for an Off Ramp for Venezuela

Mexico's Andres Lopez Obrador may be able to play a decisive role in bringing this agonizing chapter of Venezuelan history to an end.

A prorally against U.S President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela August 14, 2017

November 1, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s Coming Family Feud

Fiery new populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico could turn an old rivalry toxic.

 Flag bearers carry the Mexican and Brazilian flags out onto the pitch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

September 13, 2015

Leopoldo Lopez , John Kerry, and the Uses of English

In Venezuela, Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced this past week to 13 years and 9 months in prison. Lopez, a successful political leader who threatened the vicious and repressive Venezuelan regime, is Vene…

May 13, 2015

United States
Leopoldo Lopez, Democracy, and the 2016 Presidential Race

Today at the Council on Foreign Relations we hosted Lilian Tintori, the wife of the Venezuelan political leader—and political prisoner—Leopoldo Lopez. With her were Lopez’s father and mother, and his…

October 3, 2018

Immigration and Migration
Trump Ignores Latin America’s Biggest Challenges

U.S. administration is coming out on the wrong side of anti-corruption and migration in the hemisphere, with potentially lasting consequences for U.S.-Latin American relations.

Donald Trump Looks Away

August 28, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
Rolling Back Energy Regulations Will Not Work Any Wonders for America

The Trump administration's rollbacks of greenhouse gas emissions will likely damage American energy production, global influence, and jobs. 

Tall buildings are shrouded in smog in downtown Salt Lake City

September 21, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
MIKTA in the Middle: A Little-Known Multilateral Group Turns Five

In 2013, the nations of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia formally launched “MIKTA.” The latest in an alphabet soup of informal groupings that have sprung up since the end of the C…

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a media conference after holding the 8th foreign minister's meeting known as MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Sydney, Australia.

September 4, 2018

Mexico
Mexico's Female Legislators Are No Silver Bullet for Gender Inequality

Despite achieving near equal representation in congress, Mexico's new female lawmakers still need to fight to put women's issues on an already packed legislative agenda.

Mexican deputies swear in, during the inauguration of the new legislature at the Congress in Mexico City, on August 29, 2018.

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.

July 30, 2018

Mexico
The Coming U.S.-Mexico Blow-Up

On the eve of Mexico’s election, even before the National Electoral Institute called the results, President Donald Trump tweeted congratulations to the presumptive victor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador…

Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference to announce Marcelo Ebrard as foreign minister, in Mexico City, Mexico July 5, 2018.