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The Next Step in FARC & Colombia Relations

October 12, 2016

After nearly two years of peace negotiations between FARC and the Colombian government, the FARC have done something they have never done before. In all the 50 years that FARC has been terrorizing Colombia, they have never once sequestered a government or military official, but on November 16th, 2014, a leading general in the Colombian military was captured while traversing a remote river in an indigenous region of the Colombian rainforest.

What Makes it Hard for Cuba to Reform?

October 12, 2016

The collapse of the Soviet Union forced Cuba to enter the Special Period in the 1990s. Since the Special Period, Cuban observers always expect that Cuba pursue the economic reforms like China’s Reform and Opening up and Vietnam’s Doi Moi. But the pace of Cuba’s economic reforms is so slow that the country is still constantly experiencing chronic shortages. Although the Cuban government attempts to attract foreign investment, its policies are inconsistent and cannot provide a hospitable environment for foreign investment so far.

Party Switching in Mexico’s Troubled Democracy

October 12, 2016

Mexico’s 2014 constitutional reform to allow for the reelection of federal deputies and senators limits the ability of party switchers to seek reelection.1 Why? This limitation on reelection speaks to an increasing concern over party switching in Mexico, an issue I take up in a recent study published in Latin American Politics and Society.2  In the article, I seek to explain why politicians in Mexico switch political parties.

Los Desafíos de una Política Coordinada a Favor de la Integridad y la Transparencia en la Argentina

October 12, 2016

La Convención de las Naciones Unidas contra la Corrupción (CNUCC) suele tomarse como punto de partida para la acción coordinada en materia de prevención y lucha contra la corrupción en el mundo globalizado1. Dada la complejidad del fenómeno de la corrupción y de los procesos de políticas que buscan mitigarla la coordinación entre distintos niveles de gobierno y sectores de políticas surge como una cualidad frecuentemente reclamada pero poco explorada.

Nacer y Crecer en Medio de la “Guerra contra el Narcotráfico” en México

October 12, 2016

Tengo una interesante discusión con una amiga colombiana sobre la (no) normalización de la violencia por parte de niños en contextos como los que aquejan a ambos países. Cuando la iniciamos, estábamos a la mitad de la inauguración de la exposición “El arte de testimoniar” entre fotografías de Juan Manuel Echavarría, mantas tejidas por parte de las integrantes del “Costurero de la memoria” y “Cartongrafías de la memoria” hechas por niños.

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