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What Trump’s “America First” Means for Latin America

Smart great powers ensure their safety by befriending smaller neighboring countries. China is engaged in a high-profile charm offensive to overcome long-standing animosities and draw its Southeast Asian neighbors into its orbit, through trade agreements and massive infrastructure projects. The Russia of Vladimir Putin is working hard to regain influence in territories of the former … Read more What Trump’s “America First” Means for Latin America

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What Puerto Rico Really Needs

This story has been updated Beyond Puerto Rico’s undefeated march to the World Baseball Classic final, it seems the island can’t catch a break. First, ongoing mediated talks between its government and debtors over how to restructure its $70 billion debt before a key May 1 deadline aren’t going well, although failure would expose Puerto … Read more What Puerto Rico Really Needs

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What the U.S. Congress Owes Puerto Rico

The inaugural meeting of Puerto Rico’s fiscal control board lasted just 26 minutes. The seven unelected technocrats deputized in September with overseeing nearly every facet of the island’s economy met in a boardroom a few blocks from Wall Street to select a chairman and decide which of Puerto Rico’s institutions would come under their watch. Their … Read more What the U.S. Congress Owes Puerto Rico

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Puerto Ricans Are Leaving in Droves – And Stirring Up the 2016 U.S. Election

In November, Ben Carson became the fifth 2016 U.S. presidential candidate to make a campaign stop in Puerto Rico. Though Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, none of the island’s 3.5 million residents can vote in presidential elections. So why do both Democrat and Republican candidates continue to spend time and money visiting the territory? Demographics play a role. Campaigning in … Read more Puerto Ricans Are Leaving in Droves – And Stirring Up the 2016 U.S. Election

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