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The Systemic Determinants of Brazil’s Growing Exports to the Global South

April 27, 2016

The Global Financial Crisis prompted academic and policy debates on the need to include political factors in the analysis of economic phenomena, such as trade exchange and financial flows among sovereign states. However, how can one account for the impact of government action on a country’s foreign economic relations?

The Intertwining History of Asia and Latin America

April 27, 2016

A couple weeks ago I talked about the new trade and foreign direct investment deals occurring between Latin American countries and China. This subject dates back to the 2000s with the boom of China’s economy, but history between the two countries dates back to the colonial period when goods from both regions were highly prized and exploited.

Rupununi Hauntings: Tracing Development from Cattle to Roads

April 27, 2016

The Rupununi is a vast savannah lowland region of Guyana, one which forms the Northern fringe of the Amazon basin.  Its geography is distinct from the rest of the country, with the tropical forests that cover much of Guyana giving way to the seasonally flooded grasslands, crossed with small meandering creeks.  The Rupununi was originally part of the Gran Sabana (Venezuela) and the Rio Branco savannah (Brazil), a geography artificially divided along political line

Dirty Oil

April 27, 2016

Petrobras is embroiled in arguably the greatest scandal in Brazilian history. The story goes something like this: At its peak, Petrobras was spending nearly $20 billion a year on new construction projects.  The executives responsible for awarding contracts had formed a cartel with some of Brazil’s largest construction and engineering firms. These firms would decide which one of them would win a contract, and then would add 1-5% more money onto the bid price.

"Deep Down Dark" Review

April 27, 2016

Before we even meet the miners, Hector Tobar introduces us to a figure who is already quite familiar to us all: Charles Darwin. After depicting the mostly barren land and unrelenting sun, Tobar emphasizes just how lifeless the Atacama Desert––the setting for this story––really is:

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