Mexico Treads a Familiar Path Toward Populism

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December 4, 2017

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Mexico’s gradual move toward populism has made headlines for more than a year. The foreign press in particular has reported extensively on the popularity of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, creating a narrative of a recent, inexorable leftward shift among Mexican voters. The underlying reality is far more complicated. Lopez Obrador’s popular approval is […]

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No Matter the Party, the Mexican Government is Inept Against Narcos

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December 4, 2017

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With Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto’s (EPN) penultimate year in office drawing to a close, there’s little evidence that the Mexican people are faring any better under EPN’s and his Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) leadership. Indeed, there appears to be little difference in strategy between EPN’s predecessor – Felipe Calderón – and his own. This […]

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Who Will Take Venezuela’s Huddled Masses?

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August 3, 2017

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As Venezuela's government and economy remain in calamity, the country faces a third national crisis in the form of skyrocketing emigration. During the next several years, Venezuela will see accelerated inflation and worsening food and medicine shortages with no easy way out of its economic woes. Given these difficulties, Venezuelans will likely begin leaving the […]

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Venezuela: State Workers Pressured To Vote For New Congress

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July 31, 2017

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State workers in Venezuela are receiving frequent phone calls, pressure from bosses and threats of dismissal to ensure they vote in favor of President Nicolas Maduro's controversial new congress, Reuters reported July 29. Maduro is pushing ahead with an election July 30 to create a powerful new legislature despite four months of deadly anti-government protests […]

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Venezuela at the Breaking Point:

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July 31, 2017

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela are clinging to power ahead of a July 30 vote to elect an assembly to rewrite the country's constitution. But time is running out as opposition-led protests, which began in April, persist across the country and seem likely to grow more violent. Meanwhile, the […]

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The U.S. and Russia Almost See Eye to Eye on Venezuela

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July 13, 2017

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 The political interests of Russia and the United States intersect in nations across the world, and Venezuela is no exception. Both global powers want political stability in the country, although for different reasons. The United States wants to avoid an escalation of violence there, and the Russians, as well as the Chinese, want to protect […]

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Global Intelligence: Week of July 10, 2017

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July 10, 2017

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G-20: Still Divided on Trade:  Trade was by far the biggest topic of discussion at the G-20 meeting this week. A defiant U.S. President Donald Trump continued to tout his protectionist trade views, touting policies largely at odds with the rest of the G-20’s members, which sought to reassert the need for free trade and […]

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The Lifeless Attack of Oscar Perez and the Looming Specter of Civil War

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July 3, 2017

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 The political temperature in Venezuela seems firmly set on boil as social unrest fails to translate into any kind of political change. To make matters worse, elements of the Venezuela’s national police force led by “Oscar Perez,” dropped grenades from a helicopter on the Supreme Court – none of which exploded. The event no doubt […]

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Venezuela Teeters on the Brink

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June 28, 2017

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A potential uprising is in motion in Venezuela. A helicopter from the Scientific, Criminal, and Penal Investigative Body (CICPC) dropped two hand grenades on Venezuela’s Supreme Court building June 27 in Caracas. One grenade failed to explode. Crewmen aboard the small helicopter also opened fire with small arms on the Interior Ministry building in Caracas. […]

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Who is Fighting Mexico’s War

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June 24, 2017

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 May 2017 marks another low in Mexico’s battle against drugs, crime, and violence. With 2,186 known and officially registered murders, this past month was the most deadly of the last 20 years. The first quarter of 2017 saw an increase in murder rates of about 30 percent, compared to the same period of the last […]

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