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November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Corruption Fallout

Federal investigators in Brazil have uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the government and in the country’s largest corporations.

A Petrobras refinery in Cubatao, Brazil.

October 19, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: October 19, 2018

This week: disclosing Russian and Iranian tweets, Apple wants Bloomberg to retract the SuperMicro story, Huawei accused of stealing intellectual property, data localization in India, and declining in…

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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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October 4, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Election: What to Know

Brazil’s general election will be one of the biggest tests of its democracy in decades. Here’s a rundown of the candidates and issues to watch.

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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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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 2, 2018

Mexico
López Obrador and the Future of Mexican Democracy

Yesterday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, best known by his initials, AMLO, won Mexico’s presidential election decisively. After 18 years on the campaign trail, including two previous failed presidential runs, thousands of rallies, and, by his count, a visit to every one of Mexico’s 2,400 municipalities, the Tabasco-born politician received the support of 53 percent of voters at the polls, according to an offical rapid count by electoral authorities. Meanwhile, the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), López Obrador’s four-year-old political party, gained a majority in congress, and a majority of the nine governorships up for grabs.

Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures as he addresses supporters after polls closed in the presidential election, in Mexico City, Mexico July 2, 2018.

June 27, 2018

Mexico
Is Political Change Coming to Mexico?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will likely become Mexico’s next president at a time of mounting concern over corruption and violence, but his reform plans are hazy.

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May 7, 2018

Mexico
Mexico’s Ruling Party Is a Dead Man Walking

Enrique Pena Nieto was supposed to be the Institutional Revolutionary Party's savior. But instead, the ruling party looks to lose in the upcoming elections with candidate Jose Antonio Meade. Yet the PRI's political model will live on in the form of MORENA's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade waves after a meeting with the National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) in Mexico City, Mexico April 19, 2018.

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.