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Latin America's Intangible Curse: Oil Speculation, OPEC and Brazil in Transition

Latin America's Intangible Curse: Oil Speculation, OPEC and Brazil in Transition

The last year of investment speculation in the developed world could learn something from their neighbours to the south. Inflation and price fluctuations over the last ten to fifteen years in Latin America has habitually been many times worse than in North America and Europe, often suffering from huge inflows and rapid outflows of liquid […]

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Innovation, Climate Change and Economic Policy: Perspectives from Lloyd's of London

Innovation, Climate Change and Economic Policy: Perspectives from Lloyd's of London

In a friendly chat with interviewer Charlie Rose this past Thursday, Lord Peter Levene of Lloyd's of London discussed how their company and the insurance industry advances on challenges facing the world economy and the unpredictable nature of doing business when the environment and political security are anything but certain. Rose and Levene discussed many […]

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Baha'i Community in Crisis: The Media and Minorities in Iran

Baha'i Community in Crisis: The Media and Minorities in Iran

Over the last few years there has been a great deal of media coverage involving Iran, but the only issues being discussed often follow stories about nuclear deterrence or support for terrorism outside of the country. Like many stories coming out of the Middle East, the issues surrounding the people of the region is often […]

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Cuba in Transition: Changing Foreign Policy for the Future?

Cuba in Transition: Changing Foreign Policy for the Future?

Cuba has always been a unique case study on how a country can survive in a situation where survival and foreign policy go hand in hand, immediately affecting the lives of ordinary Cubans. While many countries have deep internal struggles in order to maintain political equilibrium among their population, Cuba has always had to deal […]

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The Foreign Policy Association Speaks to Latin America

The Foreign Policy Association Speaks to Latin America

In a few past events associated with the Foreign Policy Association, many organizations associated with the region brought Latin American ideas to New York and have seen the point of view of many of Latin America's most innovative leaders addressing internal and external issues via the FPA and associated institutions: Most recently Heraldo Munoz, the […]

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Uribe's Colombia: A Successful Model Against Internal Conflict?

Uribe's Colombia: A Successful Model Against Internal Conflict?

The US War on Terror has left many great negative legacies in its wake. With troops mired in Iraq and Afghanistan and no clear idea of what constitutes victory in those conflicts, the results of the War on Terror has places US troops in constant danger, has alienated its once friendly supporting nations, and has […]

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The OAS and the role of Democracy in Latin America

The OAS and the role of Democracy in Latin America

On May 14th 2008 the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the National Endowment of Democracy hosted the Secretary-General of the OAS, H.E. José Miguel Insulza in their offices in New York to discuss how the OAS is helping develop democracy and democratic institutions within modern Latin America. With the current state of affairs in Latin America, democracy […]

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The Beginning of the End of Migration to South Africa

The Beginning of the End of Migration to South Africa

  South Africa has never been a place where ethnicity and violence did not tie itself into politics and protests. A third explosive dimension to the local ethnic tensions has developed in South Africa in the last 12 days, where immigrants from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Somalia and other African nations were attacked by local South Africans […]

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Pages from the Mexico Blog: Mexico and Drugs

Pages from the Mexico Blog: Mexico and Drugs

In the FPA's Mexico Blog, fellow bloggers Alejandro Quiroz Flores and Mike Coe have written a few intelligent and interesting posts on Mexico's recent Drug violence and how the US and Mexico have addressed the issues in a positive and negative manner. In a May 19th posting by Mike Coe, the role of the US […]

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Immigration and Integration in the Middle East: A Mezze Plate of Problems

Immigration and Integration in the Middle East: A Mezze Plate of Problems

The Mezze plate, if unknown to readers is a mix of different appetizers of various Middle Eastern foods, often combined together in a mix of powerful flavours and textures. Food in the region is often like its people, a combination of tastes that while creating a wonderful mix of culture and language also can create […]

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Who is Winning Mexico's "War on Drugs"?

Who is Winning Mexico's "War on Drugs"?

Edgar Millan Gomez was one of the latest victim and symbol of how the anti-drug forces of the Mexican Government can be attacked whenever and wherever drug traffickers wish to bring the fight. Gomez was one of the top officials in Mexico's anti-drug war. He was considered one of the top security officials in Mexico […]

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Protectionism or Spoiled Neighbours? The US, Canada and Mexico at the North American Leader Summit

Protectionism or Spoiled Neighbours? The US, Canada and Mexico at the North American Leader Summit

NAFTA was always something that created tension between the US, Canada and Mexico in areas of debate that were never an issue before the concept of free trade became an ethos of foreign policy. NAFTA, originally built on from the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), was a progression of the US-Canada Auto Pact which set […]

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Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries: Forgotten or Never Acknowledged?

Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries: Forgotten or Never Acknowledged?

Since the early 1900s, hundreds of thousands of refugees in countries throughout the Middle East left or were forced to leave without a Pound or a Franc from lands where they had lived in since biblical times. What is often not addressed in English language media or worldwide as a whole, is that many of […]

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Mexico's Remittance Crisis

Mexico's Remittance Crisis

*This post has also been cross-posted in the FPA's Latin America Blog. Behind oil export and above tourism, remittances from Mexicans abroad to their home country makes up a large part of the cash that builds homes and futures in many Mexican communities. With the recent economic crisis in the US, America's neighbours are starting […]

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Politics and Policy Towards Colombia: Who is Financing the FARC?

Politics and Policy Towards Colombia: Who is Financing the FARC?

In an article released last week by Spiegel International, evidence of FARC activities have been discovered after the killing of one of its leaders in Ecuador last month. The article goes into detail on what information was discovered. Information about the state of Ingrid Betancourt was detailed in the files. What most expected, is that she […]

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About the Author

Richard Basas
Richard Basas

Richard Basas, a Canadian Masters Level Law student educated in Spain, England, and Canada (U of London MA 2003 LL.M., 2007), has worked researching for CSIS and as a Reporter for the Latin America Advisor. He went on to study his MA in Latin American Political Economy in London with the University of London and LSE. Subsequently, Rich followed his career into Law focusing mostly on International Commerce and EU-Americas issues. He has worked for many commercial and legal organisations as well as within the Refugee Protection Community in Toronto, Canada, representing detained non-status indivduals residing in Canada. Rich will go on to study his PhD in International Law.

Areas of Focus:
Law; Economics and Commerce; Americas; Europe; Refugees; Immigration

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