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February 16, 2014: Promisoria Alianza del Pacífico
By Michael Shifter
Source: La Tercera
Los partidarios del libre comercio están animando la Alianza del Pacífico, y es fácil entender por qué. Compuesta por México, Colombia, Perú y Chile, el bloque representa más de un tercio del Producto Interno Bruto de América Latina y se ha movido rápidamente hacia la integración de sus economías desde que se estableció formalmente hace 20 meses.

February 4, 2014: Terrorist Groups in Latin America: The Changing Landscape
By Michael Shifter
Source: Statement before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
Latin America has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent decades. Most of the changes have been positive. The region has grown economically, poverty and inequality rates have fallen, and in most countries democratic governance and pragmatic politics have made notable strides. On the negative side of the ledger is spreading criminality in many countries, often fueled by a widespread drug trade and other illicit activities. The result has been institutional fragility and persistent corruption.

January 26, 2014: Why the U.S. should legalize marijuana
By Peter Hakim and Cameron Combs
Source: Miami Herald
Tiny Uruguay made waves a month ago by becoming the first nation anywhere to fully legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana. Colorado and Washington, however, had already beaten them to the punch, and a handful of other states are expected soon to follow suit.

January 9, 2014: China and Latin America in 2013
By Peter Hakim and Margaret Myers
Source: China Policy Review
2013 was the 15th year of China’s “going out” initiative. During this period, the Asian giant’s economic relations with Latin America expanded rapidly. Today China’s trade with Brazil, Chile, and Peru tops that of any other country and some estimates suggest that in 15 years, China will become Latin America’s largest trade partner.

January 8, 2014: PISA and the State of Education in Latin America
By Ariel Fiszbein
Source: PREAL Blog
PISA plays a critical role in enabling international comparisons of results and giving a complementary perspective of the most frequent measurements of learning at the national level. It reminds us that we can learn from the experience of others, without suggesting that we should mechanically copy policies and programs.

January 8, 2014: La prueba PISA y el estado de la educación en América Latina
By Ariel Fiszbein
Source: PREAL Blog
PISA, así como otras pruebas internacionales, cumple un rol crítico al permitir la comparación de resultados que da una perspectiva complementaria a las más frecuentes mediciones de aprendizaje a nivel nacional. PISA nos recuerda que podemos aprender de la experiencia de otros, sin que eso implique copiar mecánicamente políticas y programas.

January 7, 2014: U.S. Learning to Live With Strained Ecuador Ties
By Michael Shifter
Source: World Politics Review
Since President Rafael Correa came to power seven years ago, U.S. relations with Ecuador have been rocky and in dealing with Correa, Washington faces difficult policy choices.

January 6, 2014: The Future of Inter-American Relations
By Peter Hakim
Source: Calgary Papers in Military and Strategic Studies
The United States and Latin America have been drifting apart for a decade or more. The critical question, however, is not where inter-American relations stand today, but where they are headed in the coming decades. An examination of three major scenarios is meant to contribute to an understanding of the principal factors that will likely shape the future of hemispheric affairs.

December 30, 2013: Four Top Stories from Latin America in 2013
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
In 2013, four news stories in Latin America stood out. All have long histories and huge implications. They are still evolving, and bear close watching in 2014.

December 30, 2013: Lo que le dejó el año a América Latina y que seguirá en 2014
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
En 2013 se destacaron cuatro grandes noticias en América Latina. Todas tienen largas historias y enormes implicaciones. Todavía están evolucionando, y estarán bajo vigilancia en 2014.

December 23, 2013: How Will Latin American Economies Perform in 2014?
By Alicia Bárcena, Alfredo Coutiño, and Erich Arispe
Source: Latin America Advisor
Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean has been in "low gear," the International Monetary Fund said in October. What will drive the region's economic growth in the coming year? Which countries will experience solid economic expansion in 2014, and which will struggle? Where have government policies done the most good or damage to growth?

December 20, 2013: What Does 2014 Hold for U.S.-Latin America Relations?
By Arturo Sarukhán, Rubens Barbosa, Peter Hakim, Julia Buxton, and Riordan Roett
Source: Latin America Advisor
What lies ahead for U.S.-Latin America relations in the coming year? To what extent will the Obama administration seek to strengthen ties in the region? How much will Latin American countries want to work with the United States?

December 20, 2013: The Top 2013 LGBT Stories from the Americas
By Javier Corrales and Cameron Combs
Source: Huffington Post
Our hemisphere is quickly becoming one of the most gay-friendly territories in the world. It has far and beyond the most people living with access to marriage equality, not to mention the largest pride celebration on Earth. Many countries in the Americas are expanding their safeguards against discrimination and boast some of the world's most vibrant LGBT movements. But not everything is advancing in a positive direction. This is our pick for the top LGBT stories - both positive and negative - from the Americas in 2013.

December 6, 2013: President Juan Manuel Santos Comes to Washington
By Peter Hakim
Source: Infolatam
President Santos’ visit to the United States this week reaffirmed that Colombia is the United States’ principal ally in South America—and that Colombia highly values its close ties with Washington.

December 6, 2013: Tras la visita de Santos a Obama, todo sigue igual: es decir, bien
By Peter Hakim
Source: Infolatam
La visita en esta semana del Presidente Juan Manuel Santos a EE.UU. reafirma que Colombia es el principal aliado de Estados Unidos en Sudamérica además de estar entre sus principales socios comerciales -- Y también que Colombia saborea sus estrechos lazos con Washington.

November 21, 2013: My way or the "trail"
By Scott Odell
Source: The Broker
There is no easy answer to the question of the fate of Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT region, but a few key steps can maximize the areas of agreement of the many vested interests.

October 27, 2013: Dictaduras del Siglo XXI
By Emilio Palacio entrevista a Osvaldo Hurtado
Source: ÚnetEcuador
El ex presidente del Ecuador Osvaldo Hurtado visitó Estados Unidos para promover su libro Dictaduras del Siglo XXI, ahora traducido al inglés. Le pedí conversar y aceptó de inmediato. Fue una charla extensa con uno de los pocos jefes de la oposición que se atreve a tildar de dictador a Rafael Correa.

October 21, 2013: Why Have Businesses in Colombia Become so Pessimistic?
By Antonio Navarro Wolff, Alexander Chalmers, and Andy Webb-Vidal
In August, the level of business confidence in Colombia fell to its lowest level since 2009, according to local think tank Fedesarrollo. Why have businesses operating in Colombia become so pessimistic? To what extent have the policies of President Juan Manuel Santos helped or hindered businesses? Which sectors have thrived during Santos' administration, and which have struggled?

October 6, 2013: La maniobra de Maduro frente a Estados Unidos
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
Hace cuatro meses, después de una reunión entre el secretario de Estado de EE. UU. John Kerry y el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela, Elías Jaua, en la Asamblea General de la OEA en Guatemala, un eventual reacercamiento entre Washington y Caracas parecía posible. Las relaciones políticas han sido tensas y conflictivas desde que Hugo Chávez llegó al poder en 1999.

October 6, 2013: Maduro's Latest US Maneuvers
By Michael Shifter
Source: El Colombiano
Four months ago, an eventual rapprochement between Washington and Caracas looked possible. Unfortunately, hope for better relations quickly faded with the recent expulsion of US and Venezuelan diplomats.