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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.
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 …”
A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?
by Adriana Beltrán
“Politicians are now facing a more active citizenry that knows it can demand greater accountability from its government and mobilize in pursuit of its demands.”
Brazil in the Crucible of Crisis
by Matthew M. Taylor
“Whichever way the impeachment train rolls, the … crisis has opened new fissures in a democratic system that has been in place only since 1985.”
Perspective: The US-Cuba Thaw and Hemispheric Relations
by Michael Shifter
Washington’s policy of isolating Cuba succeeded only in alienating most of Latin America. Obama’s new course has been welcomed, though other irritants, such as US immigration policy, remain.
Books: Leviathan and the Magic Bullet
by Paulo Drinot
A new book tries to explain historical variations in the rise of the state in four Latin American countries. The author’s inclination to reduce history to data results in much of the story being left out.
The Root Causes of the Central American Crisis
by José Miguel Cruz
“[T]he ceaseless undocumented migration from Central America can be traced back to institutional failures that have blocked the development of peaceful societies under the democratic rule of law. . . .”
The End of Chavismo?
by David Smilde
“Perhaps Maduro’s biggest deficit is his personal lack of charisma in a government designed by, institutionalized around, and requiring a charismatic figure.”
Curtains for Argentina’s Kirchner Era
by M. Victoria Murillo
“In 2014, the currency devaluation and inflationary spike dented the president’s popularity and eroded perceptions of her government’s economic competence.”
Old Ways and New Alternatives in Brazilian Politics
by Kathryn Hochstetler and Marília Oliveira
“Winning higher office requires building cross-party electoral coalitions at lower levels; governing requires different coalitions that may be only partially related to the electoral alliances.”
Nationalism and Globalization in Latin America
by James Siekmeier
“Latin American nationalism is unique in comparison with the nationalisms of other regions in the developing world because it achieved political independence at least a century before it gained social and economic independence.” Fifth in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.
Perspective: Overcoming Cuba’s Internal Embargo
by Ted A. Henken and Archibald R.M. Ritter
Relations with Washington are suddenly warmer—but if Cuba wants a vibrant economy, it must allow its people to engage in entrepreneurship and enjoy unrestricted access to the Internet.
Books: The Long Struggle for Mexican American Rights
by Alexandra Délano
A new book by Neil Foley traces the history of Mexicans in the United States and the discrimination they have faced due to persistent anti-immigrant fears.
Mexico's Problematic Reforms
by Pamela K. Starr
“Most of Peña Nieto’s legislative achievements remain incomplete, and they have been accompanied by serious missteps that must be rectified and oversights that can no longer be ignored.”
Brazil's Ebbing Tide
by Matthew M. Taylor
“Given a trifecta of ill tidings—street protests, corruption scandals, and economic worries—perhaps the most surprising news is Dilma’s resilience as a candidate for reelection.”