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    Panama could soon become China’s gateway to Latin America thanks to an imminent free trade agreement

Panama could soon become China’s gateway to Latin America thanks to an imminent free trade agreement

Since Panama established diplomatic relations with China in June 2017, the two countries have developed an incredibly strong relationship. Only geostrategic sensitivities relating to the trade war between China and the US have prevented the two countries from announcing the conclusion (in record time) of a bilateral free trade agreement. But it is now a matter of when not if, […]

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    Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Después de ganar las elecciones de México por un amplio margen, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) asumirá la Presidencia el 1 de diciembre. Que su nuevo partido, Morena, cuente con mayorías en ambas cámaras del Congreso le facilitará la adopción de las reformas que ha propuesto. Pero expectativas, tanto sobre el declive democrático como de la continuidad económica, resultan difícil […]

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    AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

The inauguration of Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will take place on 1 December after his landslide win in recent elections. Common expectations about democratic decline and economic continuity appear wide of the mark, but popular consultations on Texcoco airport and ten major development projects do create new economic uncertainties, writes Graciana del Castillo (City University of New York).

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    The Caribbean must think carefully about how and where to ‘build back better’ after the hurricanes of 2017

The Caribbean must think carefully about how and where to ‘build back better’ after the hurricanes of 2017

“Building back better” to create more resilient societies is a laudable goal, but every country is different and there are no quick fixes. By taking into account topographical differences, reforming building codes, and reviving ecosystems, the Caribbean can take a significant step in the right direction, write Emily Wilkinson and Rachael Steller (Overseas Development Institute).

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    The migrant caravan is a practical and political reaction to Mexico’s futile attempts at dissuasion

The migrant caravan is a practical and political reaction to Mexico’s futile attempts at dissuasion

Mexico’s resort to riot police and tear gas is part of a wider effort to scare migrants into returning to Central America. But push factors like extreme violence and grinding poverty weigh far more in the balance than shows of dissuasive violence, writes Alejandra Díaz de Leon (LSE Department of Sociology).

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    Latin America and the Caribbean needs to do more with less and set its sights on the future

Latin America and the Caribbean needs to do more with less and set its sights on the future

Growing national income in Latin America and the Caribbean is feeding demands for more and better government services. But after raising expenditure during the years of the commodity boom, many governments now face less favourable external conditions and need to adjust. These external headwinds mean there is more pressure to look for domestic sources of growth. As LSE prepares to host the 2018 Annual […]

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    Populism in Mexico and Brazil: why are voters moving in opposite directions?

Populism in Mexico and Brazil: why are voters moving in opposite directions?

Differences in ethnic makeup, religious affiliation, institutional openness to outsiders, experiences of crime, and economic performance have driven Mexican and Brazilian voters in opposite ideological directions: left towards AMLO in Mexico and right towards Bolsonaro in Brazil. But this doesn’t mean Mexico will remain immune to right populism in future, writes Rodrigo Aguilera.

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    Elites, violence, and the crisis of governance in Latin America

Elites, violence, and the crisis of governance in Latin America

Relations between the state and oligarchic elites underpin the extreme rise of violence in Latin America, despite the fact that most of its victims and perpetrators are poor: violence is as much a problem of wealth as of poverty. Jenny Pearce (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre) discusses her working paper for our new Violence, Security, and Peace series, Elites and Violence in Latin America: […]

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    Sex trafficking and sexual exploitation are collateral damage of Mexico’s neoliberal fantasy

Sex trafficking and sexual exploitation are collateral damage of Mexico’s neoliberal fantasy

An epidemic of sexual trafficking and exploitation of women and children has turned Mexico into the “Latin American Thailand”. Incoming president Andrés Manuel López Obrador promises to tackle the corruption and impunity enabling these practices, but there is less recognition of their links to a neoliberal fantasy that was once presented as lifeline for poor communities, writes María Encarnación López (London Metropolitan University).

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    The best bookshops in Latin America and the Caribbean: Bogotá, Colombia

The best bookshops in Latin America and the Caribbean: Bogotá, Colombia

Which are the best bookshops for academics to visit in Latin America and the Caribbean? As part of their series of Bookshop Guides, our colleagues at LSE Review of Books have been finding out. Here Daniel Osorio (Banco de la República) gives us a tour of the best bookshops in Bogotá, Colombia.