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Tierra sin fuego – nationalizing Argentina’s energy

Tierra sin fuego – nationalizing Argentina’s energy

I have yet to address Argentina directly in any of my entries, but fear has brought the nation’s business climate to the front of my mind. The deluge of press on President Kirchner’s nationalization of oil producer YPF has resurrected old demons. The act looms like the self-inflicted wounds that caused the currency crisis in […]

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A fábrica está fechada – o pódio está aberto

A fábrica está fechada – o pódio está aberto

  (cntasul.blogspot.com) In the September 2011 issue of National Geographic, to which I subscribe through my beloved grandmother, Cynthia Gorney chronicles the steep decline in fertility rate of Brazilian women. It is a thought-provoking coincidence that, in the short-term at least, this decline has coincided with a woman ascending to the presidency.[1] Gorney shows that […]

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Convergencias 2012!

Convergencias 2012!

I was privileged to present last weekend at the Convergencias Conference sponsored by the Yale Mexican Students Organization (YMSO), and organized skillfully by Lissy Giacomán’12 and Ana del Toro’13. YMSO successfully rounded up government officials, scholars, and talented college students from all over to hypothesize on Mexico’s future for a weekend in New Haven. I […]

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Mexico y USA: Convergencias 2012 – Cinco Cosas

Mexico y USA: Convergencias 2012 – Cinco Cosas

Before I head off to New Haven for Convergencias 2012, hosted by the Yale Mexican Students Association, I will reflect on 5 themes that define the inner-workings of America’s relationship with our Southern neighbor: 1. Trade between these two neighbors is symbiotic. In 2010, mutual trade reached $362 billion. As I discussed in my Great […]

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Great Decisions 2012 – The U.S. and Mexico

Great Decisions 2012 – The U.S. and Mexico

While the eyes of the American public are often turned toward the Middle East or Asia on foreign policy matters, America’s interaction with Mexico is perhaps the most ingrained foreign policy relationship. The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) emphasizes this partnership in its 2012 Great Decisions Television Series, aired by PBS. In Episode 3 – “Beyond […]

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Mexico: Rumbo a la elección

Mexico: Rumbo a la elección

Mexico’s presidential election, to be held July 1, looks like a foregone conclusion. President Felipe Calderón’s right-wing National Action Party (PAN) has fallen far out of favor due to Mexico’s terrible drug violence. In the past 5 years, the drug wars have killed over 45,000 people. The Northern border city of Ciudad Juarez had 300 […]

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Brazil 2011-2012: Vamos Lá!

Brazil 2011-2012: Vamos Lá!

Brazil 2011-2012: Vamos Lá! Summary of the past year: Well, in summary, from soaring to just plain growing. Economists surveyed by the Central Bank expect GDP to grow 3.0% in 2011 (adjusted real terms) versus 7.5% in 2010. As a recent Reuters report on Brazil puts it: “…corporate leaders, investors and government officials already express […]

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Government in the Closet

Government in the Closet

According to a recent poll by Latinobarómetro, a public opinion survey conducted in 18 countries in the Latin American region, 45% of Brazilians agree that “democracy is preferable to any other type of government.”[1] Alarmingly, the figure is down from 54% last year. The Economist proposes an explanation: “Dilma Rousseff, the new President, has taken […]

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Substitute teaching

Substitute teaching

Will education quality strengthen as Latin America’s economic growth continues? With Latin America’s GDP projected to grow 4 – 5% in real terms over the next three years, and most major economies holding positive trade balances, Latin America’s growth engine is far from slowing down. Recent developments in Chile, Mexico, and Brazil show civil society […]

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Criticando a los Críticos de Correa

Criticando a los Críticos de Correa

On August 16, Ecuador police commander General Wilson Alulema announced that the nation’s 42,000 police officers will each take lie detector tests. The rule stems from the September 30, 2010 incident when large numbers of police verbally and physically abused President Rafael Correa, culminating in the army’s rescue of the President from a hospital where […]

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Huma-(Lu)la

Huma-(Lu)la

Market analysts and economists can never fully judge the promise of an incoming president, but in Latin America they provide a welcome unbiased gauge for doing so. In the case of Peru, said analysts and economists are confused. The numerical confusion reflects the conflicted vision of President-Elect Ollanta Humala: maintain Peru’s revered economic prosperity while […]

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Hunt Kushner
Hunt Kushner

Hunt Kushner is a John C. Whitehead Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association. He currently works in Corporate Development with Ports America Group, the United States' leading port terminal company. Prior to this, he worked for 6 years at Deutsche Bank in the Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions for Latin America Group. In his 6 years at Deutsche Bank, Hunt worked on mergers and equity offerings for companies across Latin America in sectors such as energy, real estate, transportation, and banking. Hunt graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a BA in Political Science.

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