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February 2017
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.

February 2017
Chile’s Elites Face Demands for Reform
by Jennifer Pribble
“The challenge for Chile is to ensure that policy making and governance are democratized further.”

February 2017
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.”

February 2017
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.”

February 2017
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.”

February 2017
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?

February 2017
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.

February 2017
Month in Review: December 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December, country by country, day by day.

February 2017
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map

February 2016
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.

February 2016
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 …”

February 2016
Mexico in the Grip of Violence
by Beatriz Magaloni and Zaira Razu
“[C]riminal groups are above the law because they have managed to capture and corrupt the state.”

February 2016
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.”

February 2016
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.”

February 2016
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.

February 2016
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.

February 2016
The Month in Review: December 2015
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December, country by country, day by day.

February 2016
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map of Latin America

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. . . .”

February 2015
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.”

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