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Monday, December 22, 2014 - 08:00

The surprise opening to Cuba will not necessarily have dramatic effects on either country, though there will be tangible and intangible changes for both.1 For Cuba, the opening brings the prospect for a strong influx of dollars and tourists.  The diplomatic opening does not allow unfettered travel, but it reduces the barriers significantly.  Pitt's Study Abroad program to...

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:00

The collapse of ten communist regimes in Eastern Europe and Mongolia in 1989-1991 was one of the most important events of the twentieth century. Equally important, though often ignored, was another phenomenon: the survival of communist parties in Cuba, China, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea. Although their fortunes seemed precarious in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Berlin...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:00

Despite similar social policy trajectories, Argentina and Brazil have had different histories of health and pension reforms. While in Argentina the Peronist party partially privatized the pension system in 1994 and renationalized it in 2008, in Brazil we observe no major changes to the pay-as-you-go pension scheme. Conversely, Brazil was able to reform its health system in 1988...



Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:00

On December 1st, people across the globe raised consciousness about HIV/AIDS through World AIDS Day. This year’s theme, “Close the gap for an AIDS-free generation,” is a reason to celebrate in Latin America since antiretroviral treatment has reached over 600,000 people in the past decade. The Pan American Health Organization recently released a press report that states that cases of...

Art and Culture

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 08:00

Despite growing up in London and presently working in his Brooklyn, New York studio, the Chilean-born artist Sebastian Errazuriz clearly retains an implicit and powerful emotional connection with his South American homeland.

Law and Policy

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 08:20

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has taken to an intensive European tour seeking both political and financial backing for projects that he hopes will ultimately complete the eradication process of the long-present FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).



Friday, December 12, 2014 - 08:00

On December 3rd 2009, Cuban authorities arrested USAID subcontractor Alan Gross. After entering the country with a tourist visa, the Cuban government discovered he was covertly distributing laptops and mobile phones.1 In 2010, NPR reported; “He was in the country to do a job...

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:00

The latest attempt to relocate prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center has, as previous attempts before it, been stalled.  The government of Uruguay had recently accepted the relocation of six prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba...


Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 08:00

This October Dilma Rousseff was re-elected as Brazil’s president by the slimmest of margins.  With approximately 51.4 percent of the vote she beat competitor Aécio Neves of the Social Democracy party (PSDB) who received about 48.5 percent.1 The election reveals Brazil’s...

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