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The Challenges of Formalizing Labor in Latin America
by Matthew E. Carnes
“The most important question concerning labor in Latin American today is how … to achieve a meaningful incorporation of all citizens of working age and ability in the workforce.” Fifth in a series on labor relations around the world.
Indigenous Empowerment in Evo Morales’s Bolivia
by John Crabtree
“The Morales administration sought to give indigenous peoples more rights and greater influence in government, effectively breaking down traditional patterns of exclusion.”
Venezuela’s Manmade Disaster
by Michael M. McCarthy
“The deterioration of Venezuelan democracy that precipitated Chávez’s rise and then worsened under his rule has devolved into a turn toward outright authoritarianism under Maduro.”
Haiti’s ‘Republic of NGOs’
by Mark Schuller
“NGOs and other foreign entities took control of the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake, creating parallel structures that contributed to the very duplication and state weaknesses that NGOs were supposed to solve.”
Perspective: The Difficult Road to Peace in Colombia
by Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Negotiations to settle a long-running guerrilla conflict finally produced an agreement, which voters promptly rejected. Now that the government has pushed through the pact anyway, will it stick?
Books: Chronicles of Everyday Lawlessness
by Sonja Wolf
A vivid account of the criminal violence ravaging Central America shows why many migrants have fled to the United States—and how Washington’s policies are deeply implicated in their plight.
Latin America’s Elusive Public Sphere
by Philip Oxhorn
“[N]ew ideas and new actors are needed to fill the void in the region’s public sphere more than ever.” Fourth in a series on public spheres around the world.
Peace in Colombia: A Time to Believe?
by Kimberly Theidon
“Redistributive justice will be key to generating the recognition, civic trust, and social solidarity that form the foundation of a meaningful democracy …”
A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?
by Adriana Beltrán
“Politicians are now facing a more active citizenry that knows it can demand greater accountability from its government and mobilize in pursuit of its demands.”
Brazil in the Crucible of Crisis
by Matthew M. Taylor
“Whichever way the impeachment train rolls, the … crisis has opened new fissures in a democratic system that has been in place only since 1985.”
Perspective: The US-Cuba Thaw and Hemispheric Relations
by Michael Shifter
Washington’s policy of isolating Cuba succeeded only in alienating most of Latin America. Obama’s new course has been welcomed, though other irritants, such as US immigration policy, remain.
Books: Leviathan and the Magic Bullet
by Paulo Drinot
A new book tries to explain historical variations in the rise of the state in four Latin American countries. The author’s inclination to reduce history to data results in much of the story being left out.
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.”