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Weekly Chart: The Costs of Crime in Latin America

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:48

Weekly Chart: The Costs of Crime in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, February 23, 2017

Crime and violence take a toll on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the cost adds up to $261 billion annually, or 3.5 percent of GDP, according to an Inter-American Development Bank report out this month. The study surveyed 17 countries in the region and estimated costs based on not just public- and private-security spending, but also the social costs: diminished quality of life for victims and lost income of the countries’ imprisoned populations.

Crime and violence cost the region some $261 billion annually, or more than 3.5 percent of GDP.

Update: Macri Visits Spain to Boost Investor Confidence

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:26

Update: Macri Visits Spain to Boost Investor Confidence

Hemispheric UpdatesRodrigo RiazaWednesday, February 22, 2017

Argentina is back on tour. The country’s president, Mauricio Macri, arrived in Madrid on February 21, marking the first official state visit to Spain by an Argentine president since 2009.

Bilateral relations were rocky during the prior administrations, and the Argentine president seeks to reset the tone during a three-day official visit.

Weekly Chart: Tallying Argentina's and Brazil's Exports to Mexico

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:19

Weekly Chart: Tallying Argentina's and Brazil's Exports to Mexico

InfographicsLuisa LemeFriday, February 17, 2017

The looming threat of unknown changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement could mean an opportunity for South American countries to deepen their trade relations with Mexico. After a presidential meeting in Brasília this month between Brazil’s Michel Temer and Argentina’s Mauricio Macri, the two leaders said they would pursue closer ties with Mexico and other Latin American c

With Washington looking inward, South American economies are looking to step up trade with Mexico. Here’s where the ties stand now. 

LatAm in Focus: In Latin America, the New China Is Here to Stay

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 13:30

LatAm in Focus: In Latin America, the New China Is Here to Stay 

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, February 16, 2017

China’s growing middle class is an opportunity for Latin American economies, but the region has to be proactive about it, says the OECD’s Angel Melguizo.

Explainer: Venezuela's Oil and Military Ties with China and Russia

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 17:58

Explainer: Venezuela's Oil and Military Ties with China and Russia

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, February 15, 2017

On February 12, Chinese officials arrived in Venezuela on a fact-finding mission. Specifically, they were looking for oil. According to internal documents obtained by Reuters, the state oil firm PDVSA is behind on 27 shipments to China totaling almost 9 million barrels as of the end of January.

From crude to AK-47s, we map out Caracas’ bonds with Beijing and Moscow.

LatAm in Focus: Jorge Suárez-Vélez on the Mexican Economy in the Trump Era

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:38

LatAm in Focus: Jorge Suárez-Vélez on the Mexican Economy in the Trump Era

PodcastsCarin ZissisFriday, February 10, 2017

The economist and El Financiero columnist lays out what’s working for—and against—Mexico’s economy.

Explainer: Ecuador's 2017 Presidential Elections

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:54

Explainer: Ecuador's 2017 Presidential Elections

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, February 8, 2017

What’s being voted on

For the first time in more than a decade, Rafael Correa will not be on the ballot. The first round takes place February 19.

Weekly Chart: A Snapshot of U.S.-Cuba Travel and Trade Today

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 16:21
The United States and Cuba: A Snapshot of Current Collaborations

Weekly Chart: A Snapshot of U.S.-Cuba Travel and Trade Today

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, February 7, 2017

Don’t wait much longer to book your trip to Cuba. On February 3, the new U.S. administration announced it would conduct a “full review” of U.S.

As the Trump administration reviews U.S. policy towards Cuba, American exports and visitors to the island are on the rise.

Weekly Chart: Get the Facts on Immigration and Crime in the United States

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:25

Weekly Chart: Get the Facts on Immigration and Crime in the United States

InfographicsThursday, February 2, 2017

Citing a “recent surge of illegal immigration,” U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 25 that directs the U.S.

For all the talk of deporting criminal immigrants, native-born men are twice as likely to be incarcerated than are foreign-born.

LatAm in Focus: Alejandro Werner on Bright Spots in 2017

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 14:42

LatAm in Focus: Alejandro Werner on Bright Spots in 2017

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, January 31, 2017

The IMF’s Western Hemisphere director talked about NAFTA negotiations, big economies back in the black, and success stories from the region’s smaller economies.

Weekly Chart: Who's in and Who's out among U.S Ambassadors in the Americas

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 17:26

Weekly Chart: Who's in and Who's out among U.S Ambassadors in the Americas

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, January 26, 2017

One week into the Trump administration, the U.S. State Department finds itself with 11 of 30 top-level posts in the Western Hemisphere vacant, including ambassadorships to Argentina and Canada. Part of this is due to the fact that, despite running several weeks behind on making diplomatic appointments, President Donald Trump’s team asked multiple ambassadors to resign their posts on the first day of his term, January 20, and not stay in until their successors could be confirmed as is customary.

A week into the Trump administration, the U.S. State Department finds itself without ambassadors to Argentina and Canada, among other top spots in the Americas.

What's at Stake in Peña Nieto's Washington Visit

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 17:21

What's at Stake in Peña Nieto's Washington Visit

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisTuesday, January 24, 2017

Days into taking over the Oval Office, U.S.

Before the Mexican and U.S. presidents meet on January 31, two of Mexico's top cabinet members will meet with senior White House officials.

Explainer: How Are Trump's Cabinet Picks Linked to Latin America?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 14:09

Explainer: How Are Trump's Cabinet Picks Linked to Latin America?

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandThursday, January 19, 2017

It’s official: no Latinos will have been appointed to be part of Donald Trump’s cabinet. In fact, it’ll be the first cabinet in three decades without a representative from the 57-million strong U.S.

No Latinos were selected to serve in the next cabinet, but here’s how some of the key nominees are connected to Latin America.

Weekly Chart: The Price of Health Care in the Americas

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:51

Weekly Chart: The Price of Health Care in the Americas

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, January 19, 2017

From new technologies to specialized drugs to pharmaceutical mergers and acquisitions, the cost of health care is ballooning around the world.

Which countries spend the most on health care?

Five Things Mexico Wants to Talk about with Trump

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 18:12

Five Things Mexico Wants to Talk about with Trump

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisThursday, January 12, 2017

From a U.S. presidential candidate’s controversial visit to Mexico City in August 2016 to the Central Bank’s attempts to stop the free fall of the peso, Mexico has been trying to figure out how to prepare itself for a Trump presidency. In fact, it’s been a veritable round of “he said/he said,” as Donald Trump repeatedly insists that Mexico will pay for a border wall and President Enrique Peña Nieto repeatedly insists that it won’t.

President Enrique Peña Nieto laid out his own agenda for relations with the United States on January 11.

Weekly Chart: Mexico's Auto Industry

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 14:36

Weekly Chart: Mexico's Auto Industry

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, January 11, 2017

Mexico might have to face the threat of losing automaker investments over fear of a future U.S. “big border tax,” but it can celebrate a record year for its auto industry. December 2016 saw more car sales and more vehicles produced than any other month in the country’s history, according to the Mexican Automotive Industry Association.

2016 brought some good news for Mexico: a record year for car sales and manufacturing. 

Explainer: Who's Who in the Venezuelan Opposition

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 15:56

Explainer: Who's Who in the Venezuelan Opposition

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, January 10, 2017

Given that President Nicolás Maduro’s approval rating is hovering at 20 percent, challenging him seems like the easy part for Venezuela’s opposition.

Beneath the umbrella of the MUD opposition coalition are more than two dozen groups—with differing ideas about how to challenge embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

LatAm in Focus: Maurício Santoro on Brazil's Old Problems in a New Year

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 08:10

LatAm in Focus: Maurício Santoro on Brazil's Old Problems in a New Year

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, January 5, 2017

Listen: The political scientist lays out what the rise of political outsiders and a global protectionist tone mean for Brazil in 2017.

Weekly Chart: Latin America's 2017 Economic Outlook

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 14:16

Weekly Chart: Latin America's 2017 Economic Outlook

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, January 4, 2017

After GDP shrank in 2016, the region is expected to grow 1.3 percent in the new year. Here’s the country breakdown. 

Update: Mexico Wakes up to New Year, New Gas Prices

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 17:26

Update: Mexico Wakes up to New Year, New Gas Prices

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisTuesday, January 3, 2017

Mexicans woke up with a headache on January 1, but less because of New Year’s hangovers and more because they were feeling the pinch of price hikes on everything from produce to transportation. The culprit?

The country kicked off 2017 by dismantling fuel subsidies, setting off a gasolinazo for consumers.

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