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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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
Uruguay's Social Democratic Experiment
by Jorge Lanzaro
“If the second term of the left in Uruguay lives up to its promise, complementing the first term’s performance, the country will have developed a signature social democratic experience in the global South.”
Perspective: Central America's Violent Legacy
by Fabrice Lehoucq
Devastated by decades of civil wars, the isthmus is still struggling with democratization and economic recovery, as well as contending with criminal violence.
Books: In Search of Democracy’s Secret Recipe
by William W. Finan Jr.
Scott Mainwaring and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán analyze more than a century of Latin American political history, hunting for the root causes of dictatorship and democracy.
Colombia: Another 100 Years of Solitude?
by James A. Robinson
“[D]espite all of the gains under the past two presidents, neither administration has broken with the fundamental system of governance that created the country’s problems.”
Shifting Fortunes: Brazil and Mexico in a Transformed Region
by Michael Shifter and Cameron Combs
“Just as Mexico has shown signs of an upswing, Brazil seems to be facing mounting difficulties.”
Venezuela’s Succession Crisis
by Javier Corrales
“For the opposition to win, the regime must become fairer and more democratic, the ruling party must split, and the opposition must remain united.”