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November 26, 2014: What Will Result From Obama's Immigration Policy Action?
By Peter Hakim, Dan Stein, Arturo Sarukhan, Louis DiSipio
Source: Latin America Advisor
Q: U.S. President Barack Obama last week announced a plan to protect as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama's plan has drawn sharp criticism from Republican lawmakers who accuse him of overstepping his authority as president. How will Obama's action affect U.S. relations with Latin American countries? Will Obama's move spur Congress to pass its own immigration reform, or will lawmakers focus on fighting the president's actions? What are the implications for businesses in the United States and Latin America?

November 18, 2014: How Interested Are Companies in Investing in Cuba?
By Matthew Aho, José R. Cárdenas, Scott J. Morgenstern, Carlos Saladrigas
Cuba's government on Nov. 3 asked international companies to invest more than $8 billion in the Caribbean island nation. The country's foreign commerce minister expressed hopes that the 246 projects being pitched by the government, ranging from an auto plant to a hog farm, would help spur Cuba's flagging economy. How interested are international companies in investing in Cuba? What benefits and drawbacks will companies encounter in investing there? What results have come from Cuba's four-year-old economic reform process?

November 14, 2014: ¿Debería hacerse algo para mejorar el sistema internacional de derechos humanos?
By Sonia Picado
Source: Latin America Advisor
República Dominicana se retiró de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos a principios de noviembre, apenas unas semanas luego de que el tribunal irritara al gobierno con un fallo apuntando que discrimina a personas dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana. Otros dos países, Trinidad y Tobago y Venezuela, también se han retirado de la corte poco después de fallos con los que sus gobiernos no estaban de acuerdo. ¿Qué tan efectivos pueden ser los órganos judiciales internacionales si el cumplimiento es voluntario y los países pueden simplemente retirarse cuando no están de acuerdo? ¿Debería hacerse algo para mejorar el sistema, o es su desempeño el que se esperaba?

November 6, 2014: What Does New Leadership Mean at Argentina's Central Bank?
By José Octavio Bordón, Claudio Loser, Nicolas Parrondo, Daniel Artana
Source: Latin America Advisor
Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner last month accepted the resignation of central bank governor Juan Carlos Fábrega, naming the head of the securities and exchange regulator, Alejandro Vanoli, to replace him. In a speech the day before Fábrega's resignation, Fernández had accused central bank employees of helping currency speculators. What was behind Fábrega's resignation? What sort of central bank will Vanoli run? How will Argentina's long-brewing currency woes play out?

October 28, 2014: A Close Finish Results in Four More Years for Dilma
By David Fleischer
Source: Latin America Advisor
On Sunday, Brazilians returned to the polls for the second-round runoff elections—for president and governors in 14 states. Because Brazil now has four time zones, the presidential election tally was released after 8 p.m. Brasília time. However, the results of the gubernatorial elections were released before 8 p.m.

October 24, 2014: What Are the Most Critical Issues Facing the Region's Women?
By Joan Caivano, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Maria de los Ángeles Fernández R.
Source: Latin America Advisor
For the second year in a row, people in Latin America are less likely to say they live in countries where women are treated with respect and dignity than people in any other region, according to a recent Gallup survey. A median of 35 percent of adults across 22 Latin American countries said women are treated with respect in their nations, about half as high as percentages in any other region, Gallup said, though the figure disguises wide differences between countries. How are women faring in Latin America, and what are the most important issues facing women in the region? Where has progress been made and how has that been achieved? What more needs to be done to promote gender equality?

October 15, 2014: Will Latin America Be Able to Solve its Infrastructure Problem?
By Mike Murkowski, Gabriel Goldschmidt, Mary Rose Brusewitz
Source: Latin America Advisor
Over the next decade, there is $900 billion in planned public and private investment for infrastructure in Brazil, while other countries are also spending billions of dollars on roads, airports and other public works projects. Still, some businesses that rely on modern logistics systems say planned projects aren't enough to meet their needs. Where is the greatest demand for improved infrastructure in the region, and how well do current plans address those needs? Has money already committed on infrastructure projects been spent wisely? Does the region have adequate engineering talent and other human capital for needed projects? Can a country spend too much on infrastructure?

October 14, 2014: What Should Bolivians Expect From a Third Morales Term?
By Miguel Centellas, César Arias, Jaime Aparicio, Kathryn Ledebur, Delfina Cavanagh, Roberto Laserna
Source: Latin America Advisor
Bolivian President Evo Morales won re-election on Sunday, Oct. 12 with an estimated 60 percent of the vote. What can investors expect from another Morales administration? What do Sunday's legislative election results suggest about Morales' governing strength and maneuverability moving ahead? Will anticipated lower prices for natural gas, an important export commodity for Bolivia, undermine the recent momentum in the economy? What economic priorities would you advise Morales to set for his next term?

September 29, 2014: ¿Qué deberían hacer los gobiernos y los organismos internacionales para afrontar la crisis de sequía?
By Miguel Barreto
Source: Latin America Advisor
Una grave sequía ha destruido cultivos en América Central, donde hasta 2,8 millones de personas están luchando para alimentarse, dijo que el Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas el 29 de agosto. El sur de Guatemala, el norte de Honduras y el oeste de El Salvador se han visto especialmente afectados. ¿Qué deberían hacer los gobiernos de esos países y los organismos internacionales para afrontar la crisis? ¿Cómo afectará la sequía a las economías de los países centroamericanos involucrados? ¿Qué debe hacerse para evitar este tipo de crisis en el futuro?

August 24, 2014: Dilma Rousseff está debilitada
By Andrew Gunther, Bret Rosen, Margaret Hayes, David Ross, Carlos Biedermann
Source: Latin America Advisor / Excelsior (Mexico)
Datos recientes sugieren que la economía de Brasil enfrenta un periodo difícil, con la erosión de la confianza empresarial y de algunos sectores y la caída en la recesión, así como los desafíos externos, como la desaceleración del crecimiento de China y los problemas económicos en la vecina Argentina. Aunque Brasil tiene un buen acceso al financiamiento internacional, la cantidad de capital necesario para sus grandes proyectos de infraestructura sigue siendo enorme. A la luz de estos desafíos ¿cuál es el panorama para la inversión en Brasil, y cómo se podrían financiar las necesidades de infraestructura del país? ¿Qué propuestas económicas de los candidatos presidenciales están resonando con los votantes antes de las elecciones de octubre? ¿Cómo el resultado de la carrera afectará el sentimiento de los inversionistas?

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?