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A Tale of Two Dreams

A Tale of Two Dreams

By Ambassador Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s Ambassador to the U.S.
The “American Dream” has been the national ethos of the United States for generations. Its timeless appeal lies in its sheer optimism: those who work hard and play by the rules can achieve anything. Last month’s State of the Union address by President …

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MINT as the New BRICS: New Economic Giants or Just Clever Labelling?

MINT as the New BRICS: New Economic Giants or Just Clever Labelling?

The BRIC countries, the original four mega economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China added South Africa around the time of the last World Cup to its group of developing economic giants. The original four economies and its later partner were seen by investment experts as the new developing engines …

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Latin America in 2014

Latin America in 2014

It has taken 50 years for a commercial flight from the United States to have official permission to land with American passengers in Cuba, but recently a small plane from Key West has done just that. Despite it being a small plane with less than a dozen …

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The Awakening of the South: Latin America’s Future International Clout

The Awakening of the South: Latin America’s Future International Clout

Over the next year Latin America will likely redefine the region’s relationship with the rest of the world for the next decade. As many saw 2008 as the year China gained its current international reputation, Brazil and Latin America will likely become more important to those of us who live outside …

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Traditional and Non-Traditional Investment Issues in Latin America

Traditional and Non-Traditional Investment Issues in Latin America

One of the best times to invest in Latin America has been over the last few short years following the 2008 financial crisis. Investments in countries like Brazil and Mexico are at some of their highest rates in modern history. Despite this growth trend, some old investment problems still exist, …

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The U.N. Lacks Moral Authority to Dictate Morale in Haiti

The U.N. Lacks Moral Authority to Dictate Morale in Haiti

 
It is a volcano jumping between dormant and active stages and last month, it erupted again, spitting a litany of condemning editorials across global opinion pages that set ablaze United Nations’ inexcusable, uncompromising policy in Haiti, where the cholera epidemic, now entering its fourth year, killed more than 8,300 people …

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Innocent Voices (2004)

Innocent Voices (2004)

What this film does is shed light on is the effects of war, especially on children. Chava, who is 11-years-old, is much like any boy his age anywhere in the world. However, he lives with the constant threat of violence as the civil war in El Salvador rages on in …

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China, the U.S. and Their Latin American Trade Policy

China, the U.S. and Their Latin American Trade Policy

China and the United States held their Sixth China-U.S. Sub-Dialogue on Latin America this past week discussing their future policies on Latin America. The annual consultation was created to demonstrate how cooperation and a reduction in misunderstandings could promote increased trade in the region by both parties …

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New Trends in Free Trade Agreements – Canada, the EU and the BRICS

New Trends in Free Trade Agreements – Canada, the EU and the BRICS

Canada and the European Union are working out the final details of their newly minted Free Trade Agreement. The first of these modern agreements will be completed with Canada in the midst of new agreements being discussed with Brazil as well as added access for Colombians and …

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Brazil’s World Class Industrial Espionage Problem

Brazil’s World Class Industrial Espionage Problem

Recent news from the information provided by Edward Snowden has placed the United States out of favour with Brazil when it was revealed that the U.S. has been spying on Brazil. Along with the U.S. allegation, Canada was also brought into the debate when it was alleged that Canadian intelligence …

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Haiti: Dominican anti-Haitianism Survived History in a Time Capsule

Haiti: Dominican anti-Haitianism Survived History in a Time Capsule

“There is no question that it is racism, and it’s absolutely deplorable,” declared Democratic strategist Maria Cardona on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” referring to a Dominican Constitutional Court’s ruling, on Sept. 23, 2013, that denaturalized four generations of Dominican citizens, virtually …

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An Investor’s View of the U.S. and its Neighbours

An Investor’s View of the U.S. and its Neighbours

The latest row between the U.S. and its main rival in Latin America recently took a turn for the worse when three U.S. diplomats were expelled from Venezuela. The allegations were that these three diplomats were aiding in the sabotage of Venezuela’s power grid tied in with …

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History and Investment Collides in Latin America

History and Investment Collides in Latin America

Brazil’s economy has slowed over the last year, but Brazil is still one of the strongest BRICS nations and is still considered in a virtual boom phase by many investors, even if the numbers do not accord with the zeal many have for a growing Brazil. One of the main …

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The G20 on Syria: Who Represents the Victims of Chemical Attacks?

The G20 on Syria: Who Represents the Victims of Chemical Attacks?

In family courts, judges do not tend to take the position of either parent in cases that involve the health and custody of children. Judges take the position of the child as if they were of mature age and speaking to their own personal benefit and well being. We need …

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Argentina’s “Dead Cow” Bounce

Argentina’s “Dead Cow” Bounce

Argentina’s economy is on pace for five percent growth in 2013, and the country’s stock market is trading near all-time highs. What happened to the economic basket case that is inching toward sovereign default? It’s still there, but as I argue in a recent piece for Nearshore Americas, …

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Melissa Lockhart Fortner
Melissa Lockhart Fortner

Melissa Lockhart Fortner is Senior External Affairs Officer at the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, having served previously as Senior Programs Officer for the Council. From 2007-2009, she held a research position at the University of Southern California (USC) School of International Relations, where she closely followed economic and political developments in Mexico and in Cuba, and analyzed broader Latin American trends. Her research considered the rise and relative successes of Latin American multinationals (multilatinas); economic, social and political changes in Central America since the civil wars in the region; and Wal-Mart’s role in Latin America, among other topics. Melissa is a graduate of Pomona College, and currently resides in Pasadena, California, with her husband, Jeff Fortner.

Follow her on Twitter @LockhartFortner.

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