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February 2014
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.”

February 2014
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.”

February 2014
The Brazilian Soft Power Tradition
by Miriam Gomes Saraiva
“[E]ver since the Baron of Rio Branco asserted his theory of symbolic power resources, Brazil’s foreign policy has operated under the assumption that the country will attain international standing through the mechanisms of soft power.” Fifth in a series on soft power around the world.

February 2014
The Persistence of the Two Perus
by Moises Arce
“The governments of Toledo, García, and currently Humala have embraced and deepened the economic liberalization policies that were set in place by Fujimori.”

February 2014
Uruguay's Social Democratic Experiment
by Jorge Lanzaro
“If the second term of the left in Uruguay lives up to its promise, complementing the first term’s performance, the country will have developed a signature social democratic experience in the global South.”

February 2014
Perspective: Central America's Violent Legacy
by Fabrice Lehoucq
Devastated by decades of civil wars, the isthmus is still struggling with democratization and economic recovery, as well as contending with criminal violence.

February 2014
Books: In Search of Democracy’s Secret Recipe
by William W. Finan Jr.
Scott Mainwaring and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán analyze more than a century of Latin American political history, hunting for the root causes of dictatorship and democracy.

February 2014
The Month in Review: December 2013
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December 2013, country by country, day by day.

February 2014
2013 Current History Index
by the editors of Current History
January-December 2013

February 2014
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map

February 2013
Colombia: Another 100 Years of Solitude?
by James A. Robinson
“[D]espite all of the gains under the past two presidents, neither administration has broken with the fundamental system of governance that created the country’s problems.”

February 2013
Shifting Fortunes: Brazil and Mexico in a Transformed Region
by Michael Shifter and Cameron Combs
“Just as Mexico has shown signs of an upswing, Brazil seems to be facing mounting difficulties.”

February 2013
Venezuela’s Succession Crisis
by Javier Corrales
“For the opposition to win, the regime must become fairer and more democratic, the ruling party must split, and the opposition must remain united.”

February 2013
Latin America’s Inequality Success Story
by Nora Lustig
“The results of in-depth analyses for Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico reveal two main factors that explain this phenomenon: a fall in the premium that favors skilled over unskilled labor, and more progressive government transfers targeting the poor.”

February 2013
Argentina’s Democratic Decay
by Hector E. Schamis
“[D]emocracy is at risk of losing its meaning and purpose in the hands of presidents who, while freely elected, crush freedom once in office.”

February 2013
Perspective: Reinvent the Summit of the Americas
by Eric Farnsworth
Spoiler nations shouldn’t be allowed to prevent progress on a common regional agenda among democracies willing to work with Washingon.

February 2013
Books: Haiti and the Crisis Caravan
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book meditates on Haiti before and since the 2010 earthquake, and about the do-gooders who visit, armed with “a kind of condescension filled with pity.”

February 2013
The Month in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in December 2012, country by country, day by day.

February 2013
Map of Latin America
by the editors of Current History
Map

February 2012
Mexico’s Big, Inherited Challenges
by Pamela K. Starr
“The 2011 election…will take place amid popular disappointment with Calderón’s presidency and a widespread perception that it has left the country worse off than it was five years ago.”

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