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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes Nicolás Oviedo Dávila (LSE).

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    Calling death by its name: breaking the silence of Guatemala’s National Police Archive

Calling death by its name: breaking the silence of Guatemala’s National Police Archive

Quantitative analysis of historical ‘big data’ can help to explain how record-making practices around death facilitated policies of repression and control, writes Tamy Guberek (University of Michigan).

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    Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Is it wise to decapitate organised armed groups? The case of Colombia’s Clan del Golfo

Demobilisation of this armed group is an opportunity not to be missed. In a context of FARC disarmament and a peace process with the ELN, the state can establish its presence throughout the country and smooth the road to peace, write Juan David Gélvez and Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).

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    The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region’s capacity for cooperation

The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region’s capacity for cooperation

As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognise the long-term benefits that could flow from integration.

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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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    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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    Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

The time has come for the international community to shape a financial architecture that is more supportive of small island states’ special circumstances and needs, writes Gail Hurley (United Nations Development Programme).

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    Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Poor health outcomes amongst Afro-Colombians are driven by discrimination as well as economic disadvantage

Differential health outcomes are driven by both structural and internalised forms of discrimination, so strategies targeting health disparities amongst Afro-Colombians must adopt an integrated approach, writes Maria Cecilia Dedios (LSE Psychological and Behavioural Science).

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    Caribbean ‘Citizenship by Investment’ is becoming a dangerous race to the bottom

Caribbean ‘Citizenship by Investment’ is becoming a dangerous race to the bottom

Although Citizenship by Investment schemes showed early promise as a spur to national development, increasing competition in the region and beyond is creating a dangerous zero-sum game in which states try to offset declining income by further reducing pricing, writes David Jessop (Caribbean Council).

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    Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

Cuando el descabezamiento del crimen organizado funciona: el caso del Clan del Golfo en Colombia

La desmovilización de este grupo armado es una oportunidad que no debe perderse. Dados la salida de las FARC y el proceso de paz con el ELN, puede llevar presencia estatal a todo el país y concretar el camino hacia la paz, escriben Juan David Gélvez y Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes).