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October 18, 2018

Venezuela
China's Role in Latin America

Bankrolling the region’s biggest humanitarian disaster won’t win Beijing many friends.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (2nd L) talks with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on December 22, 2017.

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.

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

January 9, 2019

Americas
Latin America Needs to Fix Its Education Deficit

Investing more in human capital is the region’s best hope to escape the middle-income trap.

School children play in classroom at Sao Jose school in Morro Do Veridiano, Belagua

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

March 14, 2012

Americas
Investing in Latin America

I just came back from speaking on a panel, on Brazil and Latin America more broadly, at a conference for institutional investors. We five panelists came from research, investing, and on-the-ground …

Blog Photo - Latin America's Moment 314

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, 2018

Economic Crises
Latin America's Year of Elections

Speakers provide an analysis of the political, social, and economic implications of the upcoming elections sweeping Latin America.

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October 18, 2018

Venezuela
What Latin America Should Tell China About Venezuela

Bankrolling the region’s biggest humanitarian disaster won’t win Beijing many friends.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza (2nd L) talks with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on December 22, 2017.