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.
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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.
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. The other would have to be how to ensure that historically marginalized sectors can be represented in public political space.
Following an inconclusive first round of Chile’s 2017 Presidential elections in November, a runoff election was held between the majority vote winner, conservative candidate Sebastián Piñera and his socialist runner-up Alejandro Guillier.
Last Tuesday January 9th, 2018, the Trump administration delivered another blow to recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), this time to over 200,000 Salvadorians living and working in the U.S.
As we move into the New Year, many around the world are at the edge of their seats, awaiting one of the most highly anticipated elections of the year: the Mexican presidential election on July 1. With Enrique Peña Nieto leaving office after the end of his highly contested 6-year term, this year’s elections will play a large role in determining the future of the Mexican economy and party politics.