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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.”

February 2015
Curtains for Argentina’s Kirchner Era
by M. Victoria Murillo
“In 2014, the currency devaluation and inflationary spike dented the president’s popularity and eroded perceptions of her government’s economic competence.”

February 2015
Old Ways and New Alternatives in Brazilian Politics
by Kathryn Hochstetler and Marília Oliveira
“Winning higher office requires building cross-party electoral coalitions at lower levels; governing requires different coalitions that may be only partially related to the electoral alliances.”

February 2015
Nationalism and Globalization in Latin America
by James Siekmeier
“Latin American nationalism is unique in comparison with the nationalisms of other regions in the developing world because it achieved political independence at least a century before it gained social and economic independence.” Fifth in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

February 2015
Perspective: Overcoming Cuba’s Internal Embargo
by Ted A. Henken and Archibald R.M. Ritter
Relations with Washington are suddenly warmer—but if Cuba wants a vibrant economy, it must allow its people to engage in entrepreneurship and enjoy unrestricted access to the Internet.

February 2015
Books: The Long Struggle for Mexican American Rights
by Alexandra Délano
A new book by Neil Foley traces the history of Mexicans in the United States and the discrimination they have faced due to persistent anti-immigrant fears.

February 2015
The Month in Review: December 2014
by the editors of Current History
December 2014

February 2015
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
map

February 2014
Mexico's Problematic Reforms
by Pamela K. Starr
“Most of Peña Nieto’s legislative achievements remain incomplete, and they have been accompanied by serious missteps that must be rectified and oversights that can no longer be ignored.”

February 2014
Brazil's Ebbing Tide
by Matthew M. Taylor
“Given a trifecta of ill tidings—street protests, corruption scandals, and economic worries—perhaps the most surprising news is Dilma’s resilience as a candidate for reelection.”

February 2014
The Brazilian Soft Power Tradition
by Miriam Gomes Saraiva
“[E]ver since the Baron of Rio Branco asserted his theory of symbolic power resources, Brazil’s foreign policy has operated under the assumption that the country will attain international standing through the mechanisms of soft power.” Fifth in a series on soft power around the world.

February 2014
The Persistence of the Two Perus
by Moises Arce
“The governments of Toledo, García, and currently Humala have embraced and deepened the economic liberalization policies that were set in place by Fujimori.”

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