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In an interview with Americas Quarterly, Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz describes Chile’s initiative to negotiate a closer relationship between the Pacific Alliance and Mercosur, and warns that a region divided by Atlantic vs. Pacific will weaken Latin America’s competitiveness.

The U.S. and Cuba will reopen embassies in their respective capitals on July 20, officially restoring diplomatic ties.

This week’s likely news stories: Dominican Republic set to deport individuals of Haitian descent; Mexican high court paves way for full marriage equality;  U.S. and Venezuelan officials meet in Haiti, address strained relations; Nicaraguans protest Chinese-funded canal project; top ELN commander killed in Colombia

The era of acrimonious relations between Cuba and the U.S. may soon come to a close as Cuba’s designation on the U.S. Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism (SSOT) has officially been rescinded after a final decision from Secretary of State John Kerry today.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang begins an eight day trip to South America today, landing in Brazil with a promise of some $50 billion in Chinese investments in Brazilian infrastructure. 

This week’s likely news stories: Guatemalan protestors call for the president’s resignation; Costa Rican vice president announces LGBT anti-discrimination decree; Chinese premier tours South America on investment venture; Guyana opposition party triumphs in presidential election; Honduran government brings Bitcoin technology to land registry.

Robert Muse says the importance of re-establishing U.S.-Cuba ferry service goes far beyond a more convenient way to traverse the Florida Straits.
Book Review: The Washington Dissensus: A Privileged Observer’s Perspective on U.S.-Brazil Relations, by Rubens Barbosa.

This week’s likely top stories: Former Brazilian president investigated; Opposition gains influence in Bolivia; ICJ hearing on Bolivia-Chile border dispute begins; Puerto Rico legalizes medical marijuana; Costa Rican coast suffers chemical spill.

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