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April 24, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Trevor Manuel Uses the “Apartheid Card” to Force the Issue of NDP Implementation

This is a guest post by John Causey, a private equity consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in sub-Saharan Africa transactions, with investors mainly from the EU and U.S. The r…

South Africa's Finance Minister Trevor Manuel chats with ruling African National Congress President Jacob Zuma in Parliament in Cape Town during the swearing in of members and the formal election of the country's president, May 6, 2009.

May 30, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Manuel Noriega, 1934-2017

Manuel Noriega died over the weekend, and therein lie many tales. The ancient Latin bromide de mortuis nihil nisi bonum must be stretched to discuss Noriega, who until his capture and jailing by t…

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.

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.

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

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.

July 23, 2018

Trade
Latin America Looks Past the United States on Trade

This weekend a beleaguered Argentina hosted the G-20 finance ministers to work out the agenda for their leaders’ December conclave in Buenos Aires. While officially focused on infrastructure and the …

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Argentina's Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne attend a news conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 21, 2018.