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March 2, 2017

Americas
Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…

People take part in a protest against corruption in Lima, Peru after a scandal involving bribes Brazil's Odebrecht distributed in Peru, February 16, 2017 (Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters).

February 24, 2017

Americas
Latin America’s Accountability Revolution

A wave of corruption scandals has roiled Latin America in recent years, from Chile’s campaign finance affairs, through Mexico’s Casa Blanca revelations. Most recently, the information divulged in the…

Peruvian Woman

October 18, 2016

Americas
Latin America’s Populist Hangover

In my piece published in the November/December 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, I lay out the economic and political characteristics of populism, analyze why it is receding in Latin America today, and …

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February 4, 2016

Americas
Latin America’s Ninis

18 million Latin Americans—1 in 5 of those between the ages of 15 and 24—neither work nor attend school. Commonly dubbed “ninis” (ni estudian ni trabajan), a new World Bank report looks at this pheno…

Young people rest on a sidewalk in Mexico City

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.

October 8, 2015

Americas
Latin America v. Citizens United

In a post originally published on ForeignPolicy.com, Shannon O’Neil explains what Brazil and the rest of Latin America can teach the United States about keeping unregulated donations out of elections…

Brazil's President Supreme Court's Lewandowski, President Rousseff, Prosecutor-General Janot and Justice Minister Cardozo sing the Brazilian national anthem during the ceremony in Brasilia

September 15, 2015

Americas
Latin America’s Middle Class

The first decade of the 21st century was a good one for Latin America. A recent Pew Research Center report estimates that some 63 million individuals entered the middle class, measured as earning bet…

Latin Americas Middle Class - LAM

March 10, 2011

Economics
Latin America’s Moment

Amid all its diversity, Latin America has never mattered more for the United States. The Western Hemisphere is now indelibly tied through commerce, energy, people, and politics. This blog aims to mak…

A child holding flowers during International Women's Day in Lima, March 8, 2011 (Mariana Bazo/Courtesy Reuters).

October 11, 2017

Mexico
U.S.-Latin America Relations

Council on Foreign Relations 10/11 Academic Conference Call on U.S.-Latin America Relations with Shannon O'Neil

February 26, 2019

Americas
Latin America’s Right Turn Could Draw Its Economies Closer

The ascent of leaders who favor free trade opens space for real integration.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri shakes hands with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro during a meeting in Brasilia, Brazil January 16, 2019.