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Mexico, Protectionism, and the Automotive Industry – Brazil edition

The news of Ford’s recent announcement that it would withdraw investment in a $1.6 billion factory in San Luis Potosi and would invest $700 million in a factory…

Rock and Roll and Brazil’s silent revolution

There is an unnoticed reason among the many why Dilma Roussef managed to re-elect herself. Despite the discontent with her government, there is still an almost hidden soft…

Local radio networks can be instrumental in attracting drought relief in Brazil

A new study of drought relief in Brazil highlights the role of local media in political accountability São Paulo is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts it…

Concerns with the Brazil Narrative

Thank you to Rio Gringa and Andrew Downie for calling out international coverage of the recent collapse of several buildings in Rio de Janeiro. Numerous English-language media outlets…

Brazil in Latin America: Emerging political risks?

Simon Romero has written a solid article on the front page of yesterday’s NYT about how Brazil’s rise and activity in Latin America is creating diplomatic problems with…

Latin America’s Security Dilemma Continued

Sam Novacich and I have a piece at ISN in which we take a closer look at one of Rio’s Pacifying Police Units (UPP) in the Cantagalo/Pavão-Pavãozinho communities and…

Luxury Goods Target Brazil

Brazil’s wavering on a contract estimated at more than $4 billion to French airplane manufacturer Dassault has not discouraged the French. The product and consumer, however, could not…

Central America, crime, and what the Americas are doing about it

On 3 March 2009, The Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed titled “In Praise of Mexico’s War on Drugs”. Although it was written nearly two years ago, it…

The Skeletons in Brazil’s Closet

In the last year, you’d be hard-pressed to have heard or read anything negative about Brazil (with the exception of President Lula’s pesky affinity for Iran). The South…

Colombian Trafficker Arrested in Rio

On 16 April, a joint task force of Brazilian and US agencies (including the Drug Enforcement Administration) arrested Nestor Caro Chapparo, aka Felipe, as he was leaving his…

From Partner by Default to Partner of Choice: Shifting US Policy in Latin America

On March 26, US Ambassador to Colombia William Brownfield said the US is close to signing bi-lateral military accords with two unspecified countries in Latin America. In October…

Interpol, the US, and Brazil

Brazil and the United States have had a troubled relationship in the past year, between a bitter trade feud, a high profile child abduction case, and currently, disagreements…

Brazil’s Tax and Debt Burden

Brazil is in bloom, economically speaking, and the international media has stirred up a frenzy of excitement about the robust and ever-expanding Brazilian economy. But as I’ve written…

Brazil’s nuclear initiatives: what should be done about them?

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim recently declared that he is against additional inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and restrictions regarding selling uranium to other countries,…

Paraguay’s Anti-Terrorist Group and the US

On 4 November 2009, the United States announced they would donate US$1.39 million in equipment towards the formation of an elite unit of highly trained troops in the…

Violence in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil’s Image Gap

Though we were a bit slow on the uptake, LatAmThought recently published an article on World Politics Review analyzing the impact of the internationally-newsworthy violence in Rio de Janeiro…

The Dangers of Prison Transfers

The (dare I say, even sarcastically) classic 1997 movie Con Air is based on the premise of a prison transfer gone awry. In the movie, a group of…

Brazilian Oil PR Bonanza

Though there are a variety big issues in Brazil right now, mostly involving the Sarney corruption scandal and the Senate’s Internet censorship during the upcoming elections, there is…

Election Watch in Brazil: Female Candidates at the Fore

The presidential elections are a little over a year away in Brazil, and the campaigns are beginning to heat up. This week, Epoca Magazine announced that the former…

Affirmative Action in Colombia and Brazil: Shared Lessons

Brazil and Colombia have a lot in common and a lot to learn from one another; though they don’t share the same language or colonizers, they do share…