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August 20, 2014: Cristina Lizardo, Dominican Republic's First Female Senate President
By Megan Cook
Source: Latin America Advisor
A profile of Cristina Lizardo, the Dominican Republic's first female Senate President

August 15, 2014: How Will Eduardo Campos' Death Affect Brazil's Presidential Race?
By Peter Hakim, Joel Korn, David Fleischer, Riordan Roett, Gilberto Rodrigues
Source: Latin America Advisor
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed when his private jet crashed Wednesday as it prepared to land in the city of Santos. Campos' death sent shockwaves through the country's political world and rattled financial markets just two months ahead of Brazil's October presidential election. What effects will Campos' sudden death have on the race, including any potential runoff?

August 12, 2014: Violence Driving Migration of Children to United States: Report
By Megan Cook
Source: Latin America Advisor
Violence is "the most powerful, immediate driver" of the increase of unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States from Central America, according to a report released Monday by the Inter-American Dialogue. Tens of thousands of children, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, have been apprehended at the U.S. border over the past year, prompting debate over the causes and appropriate responses in the United States and Central America.

August 5, 2014: Is Latin America Meeting the Millennium Development Goals?
By George Gray Molina, Alejandra Kubitschek Bujones, Paula Lucci and Ronaldo Munck
Source: Latin America Advisor
The United Nations in 2000 established the Millennium Development Goals, eight targets for poverty reduction and development for countries to achieve by the end of 2015. How successful have Latin America and the Caribbean been in reaching the goals, and where have they fallen short? With governments now debating a series of sustainable development goals for the post-2015 agenda, what should be included? How useful are these kind of broad targets as measurements of progress in the region?

July 17, 2014: What Will COP20 Mean for Climate Change & Energy?
By Timmons Roberts, Lisa Viscidi, Milena Gonzalez, Ramiro Fernández and Ana R. Ríos
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP20, will be held this December in Lima, Peru. The meeting is intended to promote dialogue among member countries and produce a draft text for a climate deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the meeting in Paris next year. What are the opportunities for progress and regional cooperation on climate change in the Americas? What do you expect to happen at the conference, and what does it mean for the region's energy sector moving forward?

July 11, 2014: ¿Qué debería hacerse respecto a los niños migrantes no acompañados?
By Nicolas Mariscal, Gretchen Kuhner, Carlos Arrazola, Arturo Sarukhan, Dan Stein, Robert Kaplan
Source: Latin America Advisor
Q: El gobierno de EE.UU. dice que sus agentes han detenido este año fiscal cerca de 52.000 niños no acompañados en la frontera sur, el doble del número 2013. Citando los altos costos de enfrentar el influjo, la diputada Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) sugirió el mes pasado suspender la ayuda y derogar los acuerdos de libre comercio con México y los países centroamericanos para obligarlos a hacer más, mientras que otros líderes del Congreso bautizaron el problema como una crisis humanitaria. ¿Qué hay detrás del aumento de niños no acompañados que cruzan la frontera? ¿Qué deben hacer los Estados Unidos y los países de origen hacer sobre la situación? ¿Que tan seriamente afecta las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y sus vecinos?

July 9, 2014: What Should Be Done About Unaccompanied Child Migrants?
By Arturo Sarukhan, Dan Stein, Gretchen Kuhner, Robert N. Kaplan, Carlos Arrazola
Source: Latin America Advisor
The U.S. government says its agents have picked up some 52,000 unaccompanied children at the southern border this fiscal year, twice the 2013 number. Citing the high costs of dealing with the influx, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) last month suggested cutting off aid and repealing free-trade agreements with Mexico and Central American countries to spur them to do more, while other congressional leaders cast the issue as a humanitarian crisis. What is behind the spike in unaccompanied children crossing the border? What should the United States and countries of origin do about the situation? How seriously is the issue affecting relations between the United States and its neighbors?

July 3, 2014: How Should Colombia Handle Oil and Mining Royalties?
By Lisa Viscidi, Juan Mauricio Ramírez,Andrés Mejía Vergnaud
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in mid-June announced that he will propose to Congress changes to a 2011 law that centralized oil and mining revenues. What was behind Santos' decision to propose changes, and why are some Colombians opposed the 2011 law? Will the changes likely win approval? What are the challenges and best policies for managing Colombia's oil and mining revenues?

June 20, 2014: Ecuador: ¿Es probable que se apruebe la enmienda constitucional?
By Felipe Burbano, Patricia de la Torre, César Montúfar
Source: Latin America Advisor
El presidente ecuatoriano, Rafael Correa, dijo recientemente que pedirá a los miembros de la mayoría legislativa de su partido aprobar una enmienda constitucional que permitiría la reelección indefinida para todos los políticos en el país. Correa, cuyo mandato expira en 2017, no ha dicho si él buscaría la reelección. ¿Es probable que se apruebe la enmienda constitucional? ¿Qué hay detrás de la decisión de Correa para impulsar este cambio ahora? ¿Son los límites del término constitucional una práctica buena o mala?

June 18, 2014: What Does Cantor's Loss Mean for U.S. Immigration Reform?
By Jim Kolbe, Arturo Sarukhan, George Grayson, G. Philip Hughes
Source: Latin America Advisor
U.S. House of Representatives majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last week suffered a high-profile primary loss to opponent Dave Brat with some attributing Cantor's loss partially to his stance on immigration reform, which Brat attacked as supporting "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. How important of a role did Cantor's stance on immigration play in his defeat? What does his loss mean for the prospects of immigration reform moving forward? Will other Republicans now be more reluctant to support a comprehensive reform measure?

June 11, 2014: Will the World Cup Be a Boom or a Bust for Brazil?
By Thomas Rideg, Ben Supple, Joel Korn
Source: Latin America Advisor
While it was originally expected that infrastructure investments and World Cup-related tourism would boost Brazil's economy, a recent Banco Santander report cast doubt on the effects that the sporting event, which begins Thursday, will have on Brazil's economy, noting that hotels and restaurants are expecting a slowdown and that additional holidays taken by Brazilians may dampen economic growth. How is the World Cup affecting Brazil's economy, and will it have an overall negative or positive effect? Will infrastructure investments made for the Cup succeed in promoting long-term growth?

June 5, 2014: ¿Está Guatemala perdiendo terreno en la lucha contra la impunidad?
By Alfred Kaltschmitt, Víctor Gálvez Borrell, Carlos Sabino, Mario Polanco
Source: Latin America Advisor
Guatemala retrocede en la lucha por justicia para las víctimas de 'crímenes contra la humanidad y genocidio' ocurridos durante la guerra civil del país, ha dicho Amnistía Internacional a finales de mayo. El grupo de derechos humanos señaló una resolución no vinculante aprobada por el Congreso de la nación que niega que haya ocurrido genocidio alguno en el país y que anuló la condena del ex presidente Efraín Ríos Montt, dada el año pasado. ¿Está Guatemala perdiendo terreno en la lucha contra la impunidad, y de ser así, ¿qué se debe hacer para revertir esta tendencia? Con el nuevo fiscal general, quien asumió el cargo el 17 de mayo, ¿qué perspectivas de mejora existen para el sistema de justicia del país y el enjuiciamiento de los casos relacionados con violaciones de derechos humanos?

May 27, 2014: Colombia: ¿Fue el segundo lugar un revés para la campaña de Santos?
By Fernando Cepeda Ulloa
Source: Latin America Advisor
El domingo, Óscar Iván Zuluaga ganó más votos que el presidente Juan Manuel Santos en la primera vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales de Colombia. Ya que ninguno de los candidatos alcanzó la mayoría requerida por ley para ser electo, los dos se enfrentarán en una segunda vuelta en junio. ¿Fue el segundo lugar un revés para la campaña de Santos?¿Qué temas resonaron más con los votantes el domingo y por qué ha caído el apoyo a Santos? ¿ Qué dicen estos resultados acerca de la percepción que tienen los colombianos de las negociaciones de paz con las FARC? ¿Una victoria de Zuluaga el próximo mes significaría el fin de las negociaciones? ¿Quién ganará el 15 de junio?

May 16, 2014: Does Rousseff Have Enough Support to Win Re-Election?
By Roberto Teixeira da Costa, Gilberto Rodrigues, Melvin Levitsky, Joel Korn
Source: Latin America Advisor
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced April 30 that her government would increase payments to the poor through the Bolsa Família welfare program and also would lower some income taxes. The announcement came as Rousseff tries to reverse slipping support ahead of the October presidential election in which she is seeking another term in office. How much support will the announcement win for Rousseff at the polls? What else must she do in order to strengthen her candidacy? What factors between now and October will influence the election? How are Rousseff's rival presidential candidates faring ahead of the vote?

May 15, 2014: Is Chavismo Coming to an End in Venezuela?
By Otto Reich, Michael Shifter, Daniel Hellinger, David Smilde
Source: Latin America Advisor
A Datanalisis survey published May 5 by El Universal showed growing impatience among Venezuelans for President Nicolás Maduro's government. Sixty percent of those surveyed disapproved of Maduro's administration, while 80 percent thought the country was going in the wrong direction. What factors are driving those poll numbers, and will Maduro continue losing support among Venezuelans? Might he be forced out of office before his term is scheduled to expire in 2019? Is Chavismo coming to an end, and what would most likely replace it?

May 14, 2014: Uruguay's Mujica Touts Education Ties, Defends Marijuana Market
By Megan Cook
Source: Latin America Advisor
Uruguayan President José Mujica on Tuesday called on professors from the United States to teach in Uruguay and defended his country's creation of a legal marijuana market. Speaking at American University to an audience comprised mainly of students, Mujica also shared his vision of a world that is becoming more globalized and bilingual.

May 13, 2014: Special Technology Edition of the Latin America Advisor (PDF)
By Pedro Less-Andrade, Richard Hill, Maria Medrano and others
Source: Latin America Advisor
Latin American leaders have taken prominent positions in debates that are shaping the future of the Internet. And while the region’s growing middle class has been adopting new technologies at a rapid rate, concerns over cybercrime threats in Latin America and the Caribbean are reaching new heights. The attached special technology edition of the Advisor offers viewpoints on these trends from six stakeholders and experts, as well as recent news in telecommunications, biotechnology and venture capital.

May 6, 2014: What Does Varela's Election as President Mean for Panama?
By Joaquin Jacome Diez, Joydeep Mukherji, Jaime Figueroa and Eric Jackson
Source: Latin America Advisor
Juan Carlos Varela, Panama's vice president, was elected to the country's presidency on Sunday, defeating President Ricardo Martinelli's preferred candidate, José Domingo Arias, and former Panama City Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro. What factors propelled Varela to victory? What will be Varela's biggest challenges after taking office July 1? What does his election mean for businesses in Panama?

April 17, 2014: What Will Be the Fallout From the 'Cuban Twitter' Revelations?
By Roger Noriega, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Peter Hakim, Matthew Aho
Source: Latin America Advisor
The U.S. Agency for International Development created and operated "ZunZuneo," a communications network similar to Twitter that had the aim of destabilizing the Cuban government, the Associated Press reported on April 3. USAID responded by saying the purpose of the program was "to create a platform for Cubans to speak freely among themselves, period," while the White House denied that it was a covert program. How much of an impact will the revelations have on U.S.-Cuban relations? What does the controversy mean for bilateral issues such as the imprisonment in Cuba of former U.S. government contractor Alan Gross? Are social media programs such as these a good use of USAID funding and the U.S. government's resources?

April 2, 2014: What Challenges Face Costa Rica's Next President?
By José Antonio Muñoz, Kevin Casas-Zamora, and Laura Porras
Source: Latin America Advisor
What are the biggest challenges facing Costa Rica's new leader, Luis Guillermo Solís? What types of policy changes can be expected from his administration? To what extent will he succeed in working with Costa Rica's business community?