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February 2018

How NAFTA Has Changed Mexico
by Kathleen Staudt
“More people have risen above extreme poverty, but a majority remains stuck in the ranks of the working poor, with migration offering the only way out.”

Ecuador’s Unexpected Transition
by Catherine M. Conaghan
“Rather than take marching orders from the outgoing president, Moreno distanced his government from the authoritarianism and corruption of the Correa era.”

Peru’s Struggle with the Fujimori Legacy
by Stephanie McNulty
“Peru is trapped in a cycle of political instability, which prevents a focus on strengthening democratic institutions.”

Adapting to Climate Hazards in the Peruvian Andes
by Mark Carey and Holly Moulton
“A focus on the various factors shaping climate adaptation over time—particularly the social, economic, and political dimensions—fosters a reframing and broadening of the climate change problem.” Fifth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

Race and Rising Inequality in Cuba
by Katrin Hansing
“Afro-Cubans, who were once considered the backbone of the revolution, for the most part are being left out of the island’s new opportunities…”

Perspective: The Pyrrhic Victories of Venezuela’s President
by Alejandro Velasco
Despite a collapsing economy, Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian moves to neutralize his opponents seemed to be succeeding—until year-end protests showed the working class was finally fed up.

Books: Visions and Reality of a Common Culture
by José C. Moya
The idea of Latin America has shifted over time, from bulwark against Yankee imperialism to unique ethnic and cultural mix. But it has always framed the region as an antimodern foil to the West.

The Month in Review: December 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December, country by country, day by day.

Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map of Latin America

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