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Democracy in the Americas

José Miguel Insulza was elected as Secretary General of the Organization of American States in 2005 and reelected in 2010. The Chilean politician has an accomplished record of public service in his country. A lawyer by profession, he has a Law Degree from the University of Chile, did Postgraduate Studies at the Latin American Social […]

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Democratic Governance in Latin America: A Work in Progress

Michael Shifter is President of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, DC–based policy forum on Western Hemisphere Affairs. Shifter previously served as the organization’s Vice president for policy and managed its programs on the Andean region and democratic governance. Since 1993, he has been adjunct professor of Latin American Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign […]

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Colombia 2002-2010: Lessons from the Communitarian State

Álvaro Uribe Velez was first elected as President of Colombia in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006, becoming the first re-elected President in Colombia’s modern history. Uribe holds a Degree in Law from the Universidad de Antioquia and a Postgraduate Management Degree from the Harvard Extension School. In 1998, he was awarded the Simón Bolívar […]

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Mexico: Modernization and a New Economy

Enrique Peña Nieto was born on 20 July 1966. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He was a State Legislator for the State of Mexico, the most populous one in the country, between 2003 […]

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Including Latin America’s Poor in the Economic Boom: A Vision for New Solutions in the Market

Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2005 and was reelected to a five-year term during a special meeting of the IDB Board of Governors in 2010. The IDB was established in 1959 as the main source of multilateral financing and expertise for sustainable economic, social, and institutional development […]

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Legalize It?

It is time to think differently about the war on drugs. The mess we are in cannot continue. The poor and disadvantaged suffer the most. Cocaine must be legalized and regulated, and heroin should follow. The prohibition of drug markets has generated more violence. It is clear that we must regulate, but the question is […]

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ARTICLE: Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara

Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara is a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme. Previously, he was a specialist at the Organization of American States. His latest book, Mafia & Co: Criminal networks in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, was recently published by Editorial Planeta and translated into English by the Woodrow Wilson Center. States that React […]