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    Journal-based research assessments marginalise regions like Latin America and the issues most relevant to them

Journal-based research assessments marginalise regions like Latin America and the issues most relevant to them

Many research evaluation systems continue to take a narrow view of excellence, judging the value of work based on the journal in which it is published. Recent research by Diego Chavarro, Ismael Ràfols, and colleagues shows how such systems underestimate and prove detrimental to the production of research on important social, economic, and environmental issues. These systems also reflect the biases of journal […]

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    China’s new relations with Panama and Costa Rica are another step towards a Beijing Consensus in Central America

China’s new relations with Panama and Costa Rica are another step towards a Beijing Consensus in Central America

Increased trade, aid, investment, and diplomatic engagement between China and both Costa Rica and Panama signal a more general projection of Chinese economic and political standards in international trade policy, writes Sophie Wintgens (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

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    Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

Levantando el velo de la bondad: “la amistad” y el colonialismo de asentamiento en la Patagonia galesa de Argentina

El impulso pacífico de los galeses en un contexto global de brutalidad colonial sobresale como un modelo de generosidad. Pero esta “amistad” sirvió finalmente para reforzar el proyecto colonizador en Argentina y más allá, escribe Lucy Taylor (Aberystwyth University).

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    The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Analysing how millions of multinational corporations structure their global ownership chains reveals that Cayman acts as a ‘sink’ offshore financial centre where foreign capital accumulates and data trails often end, writes Jan Fichtner (University of Amsterdam).

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    Lifting the veil of kindness: ‘friendship’ and settler colonialism in Argentina’s Welsh Patagonia

Lifting the veil of kindness: ‘friendship’ and settler colonialism in Argentina’s Welsh Patagonia

The peaceable impulse of the Welsh in a global context of colonial brutality stands out as a beacon of generosity, yet even this ‘friendship’ served to reinforce, not undermine, the colonising project in Argentina and beyond, writes Lucy Taylor (Aberystwyth University).

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    Brexit threatens UK-Latin America cooperation in higher education, but both sides can help to ensure it continues

Brexit threatens UK-Latin America cooperation in higher education, but both sides can help to ensure it continues

Current and past bilateral initiatives show that the UK’s exit from the EU is not only a threat, but also as an opportunity, writes Valesca Lima (Dublin City University).

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    Co-financing, joint procurement, and capacity building can help Latin America and the Caribbean defeat preventable childhood diseases

Co-financing, joint procurement, and capacity building can help Latin America and the Caribbean defeat preventable childhood diseases

LSE postgraduate Mario Jiménez, recently selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 most influential young professionals in European healthcare, explains how the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation has reduced costs, increased access, and bolstered the sustainability of immunisation programmes in the region and beyond.

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    What can the political economy of Latin America’s regions tell us about development in the very long term?

What can the political economy of Latin America’s regions tell us about development in the very long term?

The first LSE-Stanford Conference on Long Range Development in Latin America, a new annual series of high-level conferences co-hosted by LSE, Stanford, and the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), will take place at Stanford on 11-12 May, 2017, with the participation of numerous LSE researchers and the support of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre. Here co-organiser Jean-Paul Faguet reveals that political economy research […]

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    The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The options for decolonising Puerto Rico have always been complex and contested. But the US decision to force a “status quo” option on to the latest ballot has undermined this chance to settle the issue once and for all, writes Gibrán Cruz Martínez.

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    Cobardía en el Brexit y coraje en Colombia: la historia de dos referendos

Cobardía en el Brexit y coraje en Colombia: la historia de dos referendos

Los plebiscitos reducen temas complejos a preguntas sencillas de sí o no y se prestan a pasiones momentáneas que pueden ser fácilmente manipuladas, escribe Jean-Paul Faguet.