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February 2015

The Root Causes of the Central American Crisis
by José Miguel Cruz
“[T]he ceaseless undocumented migration from Central America can be traced back to institutional failures that have blocked the development of peaceful societies under the democratic rule of law. . . .”

The End of Chavismo?
by David Smilde
“Perhaps Maduro’s biggest deficit is his personal lack of charisma in a government designed by, institutionalized around, and requiring a charismatic figure.”

Curtains for Argentina’s Kirchner Era
by M. Victoria Murillo
“In 2014, the currency devaluation and inflationary spike dented the president’s popularity and eroded perceptions of her government’s economic competence.”

Old Ways and New Alternatives in Brazilian Politics
by Kathryn Hochstetler and Marília Oliveira
“Winning higher office requires building cross-party electoral coalitions at lower levels; governing requires different coalitions that may be only partially related to the electoral alliances.”

Nationalism and Globalization in Latin America
by James Siekmeier
“Latin American nationalism is unique in comparison with the nationalisms of other regions in the developing world because it achieved political independence at least a century before it gained social and economic independence.” Fifth in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

Perspective: Overcoming Cuba’s Internal Embargo
by Ted A. Henken and Archibald R.M. Ritter
Relations with Washington are suddenly warmer—but if Cuba wants a vibrant economy, it must allow its people to engage in entrepreneurship and enjoy unrestricted access to the Internet.

Books: The Long Struggle for Mexican American Rights
by Alexandra Délano
A new book by Neil Foley traces the history of Mexicans in the United States and the discrimination they have faced due to persistent anti-immigrant fears.

The Month in Review: December 2014
by the editors of Current History
December 2014

Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History

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