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Newest Mexico travel advisory crosses the line

January 29, 2018

As 2017 unfolded, the Mexican tourism sector was booming.  For the majority of the year, the country was seeing a 20 percent average gain in international passenger arrivals (following a three-year positive trend), and American Airlines Vacations reported a 25 percent rise in demand for Mexican beach destinations (Navarro & Cattan 2017).  However, a travel warning issued on August 22 of last year by the United States State Department proved to be destructive.

Costa Rican Presidential Elections: An Overview

January 25, 2018

The Costa Rican presidential elections are quickly approaching, scheduled to be held on February 4th, 2018. The candidate who receives over 40% of the vote will serve as Costa Rica’s next president from 2018 until 2022. If no candidate receives more than 40% of the vote, a runoff will be held between the two top candidates. Despite the rapid approach of these elections, Costa Ricans are torn between the candidates as a recent scandal has stirred uncertainty in voters.

Money, Gender and Politics in Latin America: How do female candidates find money?

January 24, 2018

If there are two things that should concern those who study and participate in democratic politics, one has to be the relationship between money and politics. Political financing and the mechanisms to monitor and control how resources come in and out of campaigns continues to be the big “black hole” of current democratic political systems[1]. The other would have to be how to ensure that historically marginalized sectors can be represented in public political space.


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