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February 2018
How NAFTA Has Changed Mexico
by Kathleen Staudt
“More people have risen above extreme poverty, but a majority remains stuck in the ranks of the working poor, with migration offering the only way out.”

February 2018
Ecuador’s Unexpected Transition
by Catherine M. Conaghan
“Rather than take marching orders from the outgoing president, Moreno distanced his government from the authoritarianism and corruption of the Correa era.”

February 2018
Peru’s Struggle with the Fujimori Legacy
by Stephanie McNulty
“Peru is trapped in a cycle of political instability, which prevents a focus on strengthening democratic institutions.”

February 2018
Adapting to Climate Hazards in the Peruvian Andes
by Mark Carey and Holly Moulton
“A focus on the various factors shaping climate adaptation over time—particularly the social, economic, and political dimensions—fosters a reframing and broadening of the climate change problem.” Fifth in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

February 2018
Race and Rising Inequality in Cuba
by Katrin Hansing
“Afro-Cubans, who were once considered the backbone of the revolution, for the most part are being left out of the island’s new opportunities…”

February 2018
Perspective: The Pyrrhic Victories of Venezuela’s President
by Alejandro Velasco
Despite a collapsing economy, Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian moves to neutralize his opponents seemed to be succeeding—until year-end protests showed the working class was finally fed up.

February 2018
Books: Visions and Reality of a Common Culture
by José C. Moya
The idea of Latin America has shifted over time, from bulwark against Yankee imperialism to unique ethnic and cultural mix. But it has always framed the region as an antimodern foil to the West.

February 2018
The Month in Review: December 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December, country by country, day by day.

February 2018
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map of Latin America

February 2017
The Challenges of Formalizing Labor in Latin America
by Matthew E. Carnes
“The most important question concerning labor in Latin American today is how … to achieve a meaningful incorporation of all citizens of working age and ability in the workforce.” Fifth in a series on labor relations around the world.

February 2017
Chile’s Elites Face Demands for Reform
by Jennifer Pribble
“The challenge for Chile is to ensure that policy making and governance are democratized further.”

February 2017
Indigenous Empowerment in Evo Morales’s Bolivia
by John Crabtree
“The Morales administration sought to give indigenous peoples more rights and greater influence in government, effectively breaking down traditional patterns of exclusion.”

February 2017
Venezuela’s Manmade Disaster
by Michael M. McCarthy
“The deterioration of Venezuelan democracy that precipitated Chávez’s rise and then worsened under his rule has devolved into a turn toward outright authoritarianism under Maduro.”

February 2017
Haiti’s ‘Republic of NGOs’
by Mark Schuller
“NGOs and other foreign entities took control of the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake, creating parallel structures that contributed to the very duplication and state weaknesses that NGOs were supposed to solve.”

February 2017
Perspective: The Difficult Road to Peace in Colombia
by Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Negotiations to settle a long-running guerrilla conflict finally produced an agreement, which voters promptly rejected. Now that the government has pushed through the pact anyway, will it stick?

February 2017
Books: Chronicles of Everyday Lawlessness
by Sonja Wolf
A vivid account of the criminal violence ravaging Central America shows why many migrants have fled to the United States—and how Washington’s policies are deeply implicated in their plight.

February 2017
Month in Review: December 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December, country by country, day by day.

February 2017
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map

February 2016
Latin America’s Elusive Public Sphere
by Philip Oxhorn
“[N]ew ideas and new actors are needed to fill the void in the region’s public sphere more than ever.” Fourth in a series on public spheres around the world.

February 2016
Peace in Colombia: A Time to Believe?
by Kimberly Theidon
“Redistributive justice will be key to generating the recognition, civic trust, and social solidarity that form the foundation of a meaningful democracy …”

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