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September 10, 2018

Trade
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Political shifts and economic challenges in Latin America could either boost Latin America’s largest trade bloc or lead to its obsolescence.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Alto Araguaia, Brazil.

August 30, 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.

June 27, 2018

State and Local Governments
The New City Multilateralism

As the world rapidly grows more urban, city leaders are turning to a new form of voluntary, locally oriented diplomacy to coordinate with their global peers on sustainable development, infrastructure…

Mumbai's urban development

April 10, 2018

Brazil
Brazil's Critical Infrastructure Faces a Growing Risk of Cyberattacks

Most of the world's critical infrastructure—nuclear plants, electrical transmission systems, water treatment plants, etc.—is managed by internet-connected hardware and software that makes them vulner…

ICS

February 22, 2018

Food and Water Security
Why Is Cape Town Drying Up?

A historic dry spell has severely affected Cape Town's water supply, and global climate patterns suggest that other cities may face the same fate.

Dry Cape Town dam

April 23, 2007

Emerging Markets
Tokyo-Sao Paulo-Rio-New York-Washington …

Plenty of signs suggest that a fair amount of money is leaving Japan to look for higher yields elsewhere.    More and more of those outflows seem to be coming from leveraged investors who borrow yen …

August 8, 2017

Brazil
Brazil’s Clouded Political Horizons

Brazil is in a confusing place, with unprecedented voter dissatisfaction but no clear path out of crisis. Markets cheered last week when Congress voted 51 percent to 45 percent not to permit Presiden…

"Out Temer" Projected on Brazil's Congress

May 12, 2017

Brazil
Will 2018 Bring a Mandate for Change in Brazil?

It has been a tough month in Brasilia. The release of the list of 98 senior politicians implicated in the Lava Jato investigation confirmed that corruption runs broad and deep across the political la…

President Michel Temer attends the presidential inauguration.

April 19, 2017

Brazil
Rumblings of a Constitutional Assembly in Brazil

Brazil remains in ferment. The massive Lava Jato investigation turned three years old last month, and this week marked the one-year anniversary of the Chamber of Deputies’ vote to impeach Dilma Rouss…

RTX35BHS

January 11, 2017

Brazil
The Even Scarier Thing About Brazil’s Prison Violence

Prison violence has taken the lives of more than one hundred Brazilian prisoners since the beginning of the year. While the recent killings have been gruesome and especially numerous, they are a cont…

Relatives of inmates react in front of Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa jail in the center of the Amazonian city of Manaus, Brazil, January 8, 2017 (Reuters/Michael Dantas).