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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.

August 22, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Pompeo Staffs Up

Today Secretary of State Pompeo announced the appointment of Steve Biegun to be Special Representative for North Korea. This follows the announcements of Brian Hook as Special Representative for Iran…

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.

June 14, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Cryptocurrencies for Change: Why We Need Women on the Blockchain

As blockchain and cryptocurrencies pioneer new frontiers in finance and beyond, we should be worried about the industry's gender disparity.

HydroMiner CEO Nadine Damblon at their cryptocurrency farming operation in Austria. April 25, 2018

June 12, 2018

North Korea
Singapore Summit: The Meeting Is The Message

Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un changed the trajectory of the U.S.-North Korea relationship from confrontation toward cooperation and provided dramatic images of reconciliation with their well-hyped …

Singapore Summit: The Meeting Is The Message

May 8, 2018

United States
What Is Temporary Protected Status?

The Trump administration has taken away legal status for hundreds of thousands of migrants, most of whom have lived in the United States for more than fifteen years.

A Salvadoran immigrant waits for an elevator at the New York Immigration Coalition following President Trump's announcement to end TPS for Salvadorans.

May 4, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Sanctions Decision Could Jeopardize the Iran Agreement

Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.

President Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House in October 2017.

April 16, 2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
U.S. Needs Asian Partners in Economic Fight With China

Trump right to reconsider TPP even if allies resist renegotiation bid.

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March 21, 2018

Nigeria
Biafra Heats up as Trials Resume, Elections Loom, and Kanu Is Still Missing

The IPOB has announced that if the defendants are not granted bail or released unconditionally by the Nigerian government, it will begin a campaign of civil disobedience.

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