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June 6, 2016

Mexico
Mexico’s Gubernatorial Elections

Mexico’s PRI lost big in yesterday’s gubernatorial elections. Just six months ago party optimists boasted they might sweep all twelve of the governorships; preliminary results show they may get just …

Mexicos Gubernatorial Elections-LAM

May 4, 2016

Brazil
Legitimacy and the Battle to Remove Rousseff

The past week has brought a number of puzzling new feints and jabs in Brasília’s bloody political cage match: - Most dramatically, reputable news organizations are reporting that President Dilma Rou…

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 …

October 30, 2015

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Indonesia Pledges to Join the TPP, Corruption in Venezuela

CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy (CSMD) Program highlights noteworthy events and articles each Friday in “This Week in Markets and Democracy.”  Indonesia Pledges to Join the TPP Just fou…

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) shake hands after their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, October 26, 2015. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst).

August 6, 2015

Cuba
John Kerry, George Shultz, and the Kerry Visit to Cuba

Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon--on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There w…

June 16, 2015

Americas
IMF High-Level Conference on Latin America

Two weeks ago, I joined Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, Santiago Levy, vice president for sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Dev…

IMF High-Level Conference on Latin America - LAM

March 13, 2014

Americas
This Year’s Presidential Elections in Latin America

Earlier this week, Salvadorans headed to the polls to cast their ballots in a presidential runoff election, since on February 2 the candidates failed to reach the 50 percent threshold to avoid a seco…

Voters wait in line to cast their vote in a presidential election runoff at a polling station outside in San Salvador

October 29, 2013

Economics
Discussing Mexico at the Texas Book Festival

This past Sunday I was in Austin, Texas at the Texas Book Festival. I had the honor of moderating a panel about two great books on Mexico, Ricardo Ainslie’s The Fight to Save Juárez – Life in the Hea…

TX Book Festival - 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

July 12, 2012

Economics
Peña Nieto and Energy Reform

With Mexico’s presidential elections in the past, the focus is now on whether or not President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto will be able to follow through on his many compromisos. My guest post on Michae…

Pemex - Guest Post - LAM