Americas Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring

10 Things to Do
Mendoza, Argentina> Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina, is situated in the scenic foothills of the Andes. In 2009, National Geographic named Mendoza one of the top 50 places to visit in the world. Even for non-oenophiles, it's a convenient base...
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8 Steps to Reduce Crime
Crime in U.S. cities once seemed on the verge of spiraling out of control. By bringing police structures and operations more in touch with communities, the tide has now been reversed. The same reforms can work in Latin America.Twenty years ago, U.S....
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Ask the Experts
How can communities and policymakers best protect citizens and take back communities?Over the last decades, the State of Rio de Janeiro has experienced a significant downturn in public security. Lack of investment, under-trained law enforcement personnel...
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Did Success Spoil the Concertación?
For the center-right coalition that won the presidential election this year, governing may prove as difficult as renewing the once-dominant Concertación that since 1990 had made Chile a political and economic model in the region.Latin America's political...
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Dirty Money
Organized crime is pouring millions into Latin American political coffers, and subverting the region's democracies Here's how it can be stopped.Politics has long been a magnet for drug money in Latin America. In the 1970s, Costa Rican politicians were...
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El Insomnio De Bolívar: Cuatro Consideraciones Intempestivas Sobre América Latina En El Siglo XXI
El insomnio de Bolívar: Cuatro consideraciones intempestivas sobre América Latina en el siglo XXIJorge VolpiDebate, 2009, Softcover, 259 pagesPanama Canal Zone, 2050. After years of growing tensions, the armies of the Southern Alliance (a confederation...
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Hard Talk Forum
Can Brazil play a significant role in containing Iran's nuclear ambitions?yes Marcel BiatoDrawing from its own experiences, Brazil can offer a new direction.President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's visit to Iran in mid-May is part of Brazil's wider bid...
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Innovators and Innovations in the Hemisphere
Civic InnovatorDavid AssaelChileTo some, Santiago is a city of smog, congestion and contaminated waterways. But David Assael wants the world to know that Chile's capital city is also home to world-class green spaces, vibrant cultural centers and eco-friendly...
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INVESTMENT: The Middle East Comes to Latin America
China usually tops the list of new investors in Latin America- and with good reason. Roughly half of China's $50 billion in overseas investments in 2008 went to the region. Between 2000 and 2008, Latin America-China trade-driven by Chinese interest in...
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La Revolución Horizontal: El Poder De la Comunicación En Manos De la Gente
La revolución horizontal: El poder de la comunicación en manos de la genteGonzalo Alonso and Alberto ArébalosEdiciones B, 2009, Softcover, 336 pagesNew information technologies are constantly redefining the ways in which politicians and businesses are...
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LET'S GET Engaged
Hope for a new era in collective engagement in the hemisphere is fading. It's time for governments in the region to take the lead on issues of mutual interest with the U.S.-security, democracy and prosperity.The future of inter- American affairs is anything...
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Letter from the Editor
"Violence in Mexico and evidence that Venezuela has become a major transshipment point for cocaine have demonstrated the immediate risk that drugs and crime present to democracy."It's hard not to be a little reflective as we finish the third anniversary...
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Mexico-U.S. Relations: What's Next?
With the U.S. accepting its share of responsibility for the violence and lawlessness south of its border and a greater emphasis on the social roots of the drug trade, Mexican President Felipe Calderón's four-year battle with narco-traffickers has entered...
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Narco-Networks in the Americas
Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have quietly assumed control over most narco-trafficking routes in Latin America since 1995.Today, at least five Mexican DTOs, the Sinaloa Federation, the Gulf Cartel, the Beltrán-Leyva Organization, the...
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Narcotics International, Inc
Not all drug syndicates are the same. Their use of violence, threat to the local state depend on economic and political and the drug economy they exploit. Tackling them means penetration of local politics and conditions in their home turf understanding...
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No Ordinary Trade Agreement
Despite the battle over U.S. ratification, CAFTA-DR has already produced groundbreaking results thanks to the novel inclusion of trade capacity funding.Anyone who remembers the 2004 debate in the U.S. Congress over the Dominican Republic-Central America-...
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OVERFISHING: Managing North Atlantic Fisheries
On North America's northeastern coastline, fishing is a way of life. Entire communities in coastal New England states of the United States and in Canada's Atlantic provinces depend on the fishing industry for their survival. In New England-stretching...
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Poverty of Opportunity: Crime's Breeding Ground
The region's dramatic advances in the last two decades have left behind a generation that feeds narcotics violence-and is a victim of it.Over the course of the last half century, a profound cultural revolution has taken place in Latin America. The way...
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Precious Commodity: The Trade in Human Lives
The trafficking of humans for labor and sex is often said to be one of the world's fastest growing criminal enterprises. Addressing the plague of modern-day slavery requires focusing more on the victims themselves.In Mexico, 19-year-old "Anna" is standing...
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Rising Tide: On the Islands of the Kuna Yala
Climate Change Has Placed Panama's Indigenous Kuna Community and Their Way of Life at RiskEarly one morning last October, my husband and I boarded a small 20-seater plane in Panama City and headed to Usdup, a village in the Kuna Yala archipelago. The...
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STIMULUS SPENDING: What's Next for Latin America
In the heat of the global recession, Latin American policymakers took unprecedented actions to break the downward spiral in aggregate demand. Beyond aggressively supporting financial markets, including interest-rate cuts and liquidity injection measures...
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THE RIGHT TO JUSTICE: Latin Americans Deserve Effective (and Honest) Policing
The most pressing threat to the rule of law in Latin America used to be political violence. Today it is law enforcement-or the lack thereof-in countries plagued by violent crime. The need for more effective policing is a top public concern in much of...
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The War on Media
Latin American journalists are responding to a new wave of intimidation and attacks by criminal cartels with self-censorshipMore than 25 years after democratization in the region, Latin American reporters have learned, often to their peril, that the...
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Trafficking and Transnational Crime
Narcotics trafficking and the transnational criminal organizations that sponsor it represent the gravest and most complex threat to democracy and human rights that our region faces today. In devoting our third anniversary issue of Americas Quarterly...
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Trafficking's Family Ties
BORDER CROSSINGIllegal drugs cross the border at any point and at any given moment. Most shipments, however, pass through highvolume border crossings points such as Nuevo Laredo and El Paso, explaining why this turf, called plazas in Mexico, is so hotly...
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Understanding and Improving Mérida
The United States' ambitious anti-narcotics program, the Mérida Initiative, is still important. It just needs to be better coordinated.With the Mérida Initiative set to expire on September 31, 2010, it's time to evaluate in what form the initiative should...
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U.S.-Cuba Cultural Exchange
Many of the restrictions on educational and cultural travel to Cuba enacted by former President George W. Bush officially remain in place, even under President Barack Obama. But there is evidence that travel by U.S. and Cuban academics, musicians, artists,...
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Your Economy on Drugs
Colombia is a textbook example of how narcotics profits can subvert legitimate business and economic competitiveness.By any conventional measure, Colombia is a success story. Between President Álvaro Uribe's elections in 2002 and 2008, GDP soared by...
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