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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 08:00

In the last few decades, many countries have enfranchised their emigrant populations. Voting from abroad is not new, but was historically reserved for diplomats or military personnel. However, starting in the 1990s, parallel to a growth in international migration, an increasing number of countries enacted laws allowing expatriates to participate in some fashion in the electoral process. Twelve...

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 08:00

An active civil society is essential for any system in which governments are held accountable. Civil society groups are the challengers and communicators in a system which permits government to be challenged. They force governance issues into the open. But civil society can easily be thwarted by regulators, administrators, and others who are intent on preserving privileges or skewing...

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:00

Not only is the Mérida Initiative undermined, but the Mexican government is increasingly wary to say so. Former president Felipe Calderón criticized during his administration the glaring inadequacy in U.S. efforts to stem the flow of illegal arms south into Mexico.


News and Politics

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 08:00

Recently, Brazil has been going through some tough economic times due to the huge Petrobras money laundering scandal and the inefficiency of Dilma’s cabinet amidst nationwide disdain for her and her policies. The crisis has taken many different forms across the country; in Rio de Janeiro violence between drug traffickers and pacification police has risen, recently causing a nearly-...

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 08:00

During 2011 and 2012 the largest demonstrations within a twenty-year period occurred in Chile, exchanging a previously subdued and rather stable political scenario for one of large-scale and constant protests, riots and violent demonstrations. In parallel, there was a sharp decline in government’s approval, in the trust afforded to institutions, and in participation in politics,...

Law and Policy

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 08:00

American foreign policy toward Latin America has had an overwhelmingly development based focus; building democratic institutions, promoting economic opportunity and encouraging social equity. With this strategy, American policymakers have hoped that both political and economic liberalization will lead to the submission of Latin American governments to the American interest. This has...



Monday, April 27, 2015 - 08:18

If you walk down the Calle 1 in Havana, Cuba, you will come across a wrought-iron gate fixed with the Star of David in the center. Beyond the gates is a geometric 1950s-era building whose front doors are marked with gold menorahs. Since 1953, the Synagogue Bet Shalom (also known as El...


Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 14:00

After more than one year since that unforgettable June 2013, the songs sung by the crowd that walked the streets of São Paulo still echo in my memory. I had already participated in other protests, but it was the first time I joined a demonstration so enormous.

Southern Cone

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 09:00

In a recent article I discussed how the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has fomented mass protests and suspicion throughout Argentina that the government might be complicit in his...

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