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The Global Oil Race: China Seeks a Significant Foothold in the Americas

The Global Oil Race: China Seeks a Significant Foothold in the Americas

 
There is much debate in the United States on the dominance of China in the current global economy. These discussions are quite valid as Latin America weathered much of the 2008 economic crisis based upon natural resource exports to China to bolster their booming economy. Canada was also able to …

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Needed: New Thinking on ‘New Authoritarianism’

Needed: New Thinking on ‘New Authoritarianism’

The Washington Post’s Juan Forero recently published an article on the erosion of democratic institutions in Latin America. Among the “new authoritarians” he cites as responsible for the decline are Hugo Chavez and several of his key allies, namely Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, Bolivia’s Evo …

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The Career Minded Immigrant: Redefining Facts in the U.S. Immigration Debate

The Career Minded Immigrant: Redefining Facts in the U.S. Immigration Debate

The Washington Post published a very informative article this week about Mexican immigration to the United States and the logical and progressive nature of immigration and investment …

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Brazil’s Economy – On Borrowed Time

Brazil’s Economy – On Borrowed Time

 
At a Foreign Policy Association event in April 2010, former Brazil Central Bank President Arminio Fraga gave a rather intoxicating assessment of global central bank stimulus efforts to stem economic crisis. Fraga asked each audience member to imagine a night when he or she may have gotten ridiculously drunk. A …

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The Golden Straightjacket and the Choke Effect in Practice

The Golden Straightjacket and the Choke Effect in Practice

This past week the Council on Hemispheric Affairs published an article on the Obama Administration’s actions to depressurize the relationship between Argentina and the “vulture funds” that made …

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National Defense and Delanteros

National Defense and Delanteros

Given Mexico’s ongoing campaign against the narco-gangs and Colombia’s omnipresent civil war, it is not surprising that defense budgets are ballooning across Latin America. According to a report by Rachel Glickhouse of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI; see links …

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Lines Between Unelected and Elected Democracy: Mexico, Paraguay, and Egypt Compared

Lines Between Unelected and Elected Democracy: Mexico, Paraguay, and Egypt Compared

The end of the Arab Spring has likely come about in two different ways. The official election of President Morsi in Egypt can be seen as the end of protests against the military government and the beginning of the first democratically elected leader in Egypt’s history, or it can become …

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Colorado versus Lugo: On the Farm and In the Senate

Colorado versus Lugo: On the Farm and In the Senate

I select the geographic spot for my posts based on a mixture of issues and variety. Paraguay tends to gain attention either through its soccer team or political upheaval. I looked at the Economist App on my iPhone, and Paraguay doesn’t even show up on the list of economic indicators …

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Obama’s Immigration Push Needs to Push Harder

Obama’s Immigration Push Needs to Push Harder

After years of writing on the FPA immigration blog on topics usually concerned with Latino immigration in the United States, I sincerely believe that there …

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Flawed Assumptions About the Next Energy Boom

Flawed Assumptions About the Next Energy Boom

Behold, Foreign Policy has announced “a new golden age of oil and gas.” Here’s the good news: unlike previous booms this one stands to benefit a wide swath of humanity, including places as far flung as the Canary Islands and the Falklands, Brazil and …

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Against the Flow – Chile and Colombia Look for Energy Partners

Against the Flow – Chile and Colombia Look for Energy Partners

           Colombia and Chile have recently layed out initiatives for natural resource policies that place the nations in stark contrast to one another. Colombia, fresh from a successful campaign to clear territory from leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels, is aligning its crude oil and mining deposits for …

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Voices on the Future of Mexico: Enter the Debate!

Voices on the Future of Mexico: Enter the Debate!

This week The Economist has created a very interesting and innovative forum to discuss the pros and cons of the PRI party regaining power in Mexico after losing the presidency to the PAN in 2000. This forum takes two campaign leaders from both parties and places them in an open …

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The Tripod of Growth and Stability for the Global Economy

The Tripod of Growth and Stability for the Global Economy

Writing for both the Latin America blog and the Europe blog often has its advantages, and with so little attention being paid to Latin America at this past weekend’s G8 Summit at Camp David I …

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The Dominican Election – Llegó Danilo

The Dominican Election – Llegó Danilo

This past Sunday’s presidential election in the Dominican Republic culminated a campaign full of color, passion, and energy. The campaign contrasted with American races in that it focused on personal differences between the two men vying for office; policy differences were minute and less relevant. I visited the DR in …

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The Resource Miracle?

The Resource Miracle?

U-2’s front man is an able writer on developmental economics, this much became clear when he penned the foreword to Jeff Sachs’ “The End of Poverty” in 2005. A few days ago, Bono published a column for TIME. His premise: the world is on the cusp of another natural resource …

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