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The New Mercantilism: China’s Emerging Role in the Americas
by Eric Farnsworth
“Beijing offers to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean the opportunity to forge a path independent of the United States and liberal economic orthodoxy.”
Why Latin America Is Rearming
by Adam Isacson
“At a time when few traditional armed conflicts are under way, internal threats continue to anchor the missions of most Latin American and Caribbean militaries.”
Drug Violence Isn’t Mexico’s Only Problem
by Francisco González
"Weak economic performance . . . and the great rise in violence and insecurity associated with the war on drugs have contributed to public doubts about democracy.”
Prepared or Not, Latin America Faces the Challenge of Aging
by George W. Leeson
“The next 40 years . . . are projected to witness a veritable explosion in the number and proportion of older people in the region.”
Perspective: Rebuild Haiti, Not Just Its Capital
by Robert Maguire
Port-au-Prince suffered most of the damage from a January 2010 earthquake. Even so, domestic and international aid efforts need to encompass the neglected rest of the country.
Books: Latin America: Next Top Model?
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book argues that Latin American countries, having left behind their banana-republic past, will serve as exemplars for developed nations to follow.
Lula’s Last Year
by Kenneth Maxwell
“Brazil’s emergence as a major economic and political player in international affairs, together with Lula’s role in this achievement, is one of the more remarkable developments of the past decade.”
How Reform Has Powered Brazil’s Rise
by Riordan Roett
“…After the military rule and the ineffectual civilian governments that the country endured from 1964 to 1994, Brazil has turned the corner.”
Brazil as Regional Leader: Meeting the Chávez Challenge
by Sean W. Burges
“Lula has regarded regional involvement as a means to strengthen Brazilian industry for global competition and to establish his country as a credible actor on the world stage.”
Brazil and the New Global Order
by Andrew Hurrell
“Brazilian foreign policy under Lula has emphasized not only traditional multilateralism but also membership in the new formal and informal groupings that have emerged at the heart of a new world order.”
Obama and Latin America: New Beginnings, Old Frictions
by Michael Shifter
“Signs of frustration are unmistakable in Washington and in many Latin American capitals, despite Obama’s immense personal appeal and the continued promise of a more productive partnership.”
The Return of Continuismo?
by Shelley A. McConnell
“Latin America is witnessing an all-too-familiar pattern of presidents’ manipulating the constitutional framework to seek additional terms in office.”
Perspective: Perilous Times for Latin America
by Theodore J. Piccone
The recent economic downturn has reinforced the view that governments in Latin America need to be stronger. But will stronger states be more democratic?
Books: The Accidental Coup
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book revisits Venezuela’s political crisis of April 2002, when President Hugo Chávez was forced out of office and then quickly reinstated.
No Longer Washington’s Backyard
by Michael Shifter and Daniel Joyce
“As Brazil’s mega-summit in December made clear, nations in a transformed region are demanding treatment befitting serious countries with global interests and ambitions.”
An Economic Storm Hits Latin America
by Sidney Weintraub
“All Latin American and Caribbean countries will be hard pressed to maintain satisfactory rates of GDP growth during the next two years, and perhaps longer.”