The recent shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso has been depicted as a tragedy for local people, reigniting well-practiced debates about gun control, video games, mental health, and “lone wolf” extremism. But this framing not only underplays the impacts on connected communities like Ciudad Juárez across the border, it also fails to acknowledge this massacre’s place in a […]
Militarisation of Mexico’s southern border has been increasing for decades, but the recent decision of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government to continue and even reinforce this trend will only intensify the violence and vulnerability that transit migrants already face, writes Alejandra Díaz de Leon (LSE Sociology).
Trump’s threats on Mexican trade and immigration negate the stability dividend of preferential trade deals
There is nothing new about Trump’s linkage of trade and non-trade issues, but subjecting trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement to the whims of the US president undermines a key benefit of such arrangements: greater stability. Without this stability dividend, potential partners could begin to question whether the costs of forging complex agreements with the US outweigh the benefits, writes Ken […]
Belize’s referendum on its territorial dispute with Guatemala could finally bring an end to Central America’s most enduring conflict
The roots of Guatemala’s claim on Belize go back as far as the 17th century, but the dispute has taken many twists and turns during Belize’s periods under colonial control and as an independent state. Today, the domestic political realities of both countries could allow the International Court of Justice to reach a definitive decision, finally bringing this longstanding dispute […]
Having a southern president for the first time since 1911 could see states like Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guerrero receive the attention they need instead of being dismissed as a burden on national development. But without the right policies to generate the right outcomes, Mexico’s poor and deprived south could be left waiting once more for a positive change in its fortunes, writes Rodrigo […]
Risks associated with climate change will inevitably increase costs for many sectors, particularly those dependent on fossil fuels. But new standards for transparency of exposure to climate risk can help smooth the transition. Development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN can lead the way by integrating climate-change targets into their governance, strategies, and structures, writes Marisol Rentería Bravo (Nacional Financiera).
Taking a look at ten of our of most popular blogs from 2018, it’s clear that it has been a year of major upheaval in the region. Key issues have been the diverging populisms of AMLO’s Mexico and Bolsonaro’s Brazil, the crumbling of two-party politics in El Salvador, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.
But wider trends have also persisted, as reflected in China’s growing […]
Mexican workers are paid less and work more than their counterparts in the rest of the OECD, and the situation has only been getting worse. By broaching reform Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has taken a step in the right direction, but he inherits a labour market plagued by informality, precarity, and lack of union representation, whereas automation poses a serious threat in the longer […]
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, […]