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February 2020

How Criminals Govern in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Enrique Desmond Arias
“Across the region, criminal organizations collude with the state, maintain local political order, and help nominate and elect politicians.” Fifth in a series on ways of governing.

Unprotected: Why Argentina’s Poor Turn to Peronism
by Javier Auyero
“[I]n a context of few job opportunities and skyrocketing prices, the poor believed that dwindling state support indicated that the government had ceased to protect them.”

The Challenging Path to Caribbean Integration
by Patsy Lewis
“[M]ember states have not always been enthusiastic about implementing their obligations to further economic integration.”

Why the Brazilian Amazon Burns
by Susanna Hecht
“The policies and collaborations between governments and civil society that kept forests standing in many parts of Amazonia have come to an end, at least for now.”

History on Foot: Walking Mexico City
by Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
“Walking the city reveals the intimate urban tissues that keep megalopolises alive and functioning.”

Perspective: Time for an Alternative Politics of Migration
by Alexandra Délano Alonso
A surge of migrants from Central America has drawn harsh responses from both the United States and Mexico. Activists are showing the way toward more humane policies.

Books: Jamaica’s Paradoxes
by Brian Meeks
An eminent sociologist who hails from the island explores the historical and institutional reasons why a nation world famous for music and sports has had less success with its economy.

The Month in Review: December 2019
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
Regional map

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