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Candidate for a Masters of Public Administration 2014 - Cornell University Bacherlor's of Arts 2012 - University of California, Berkeley

Inseguridad en Buenos Airese

Photo Credit: Infobae Este es un blog por Lowell George, quien está en su cuarto año en la escuela de Agricultura y Ciencias en Cornell,  en la que estudia Recursos Naturales. Ella tiene una asignatura secundaria en español y pasó … Continue reading

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Insecurity in Buenos Aires

Photo Credit: Infobae This is a guest post  by Lowell George, a Senior at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences studying Natural Resources. She has a minor in Spanish and spent last Spring studying abroad in Seville, Spain Argentina … Continue reading

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Colombia’s Peace Talks

On August 27, 2012, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that his government would begin peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as an attempt to end the 49-year civil conflict.[1] After six months of negotiations, the … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Economy and Crime

On May 31, the Venezuelan Central Bank announced that Venezuela’s economy grew by .07 percent in the first quarter of the year. This news illustrates the grim economic reality of the country, an enormous challenge for President Nicolas Maduro. The … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Legitimacy Crisis and Latin America’s Response

On May 29, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles in Bogota. The meeting came as Capriles begins a Latin American tour to make his case that last April’s presidential election was fraudulent. This was … Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Political Paralysis

Since the April 14th presidential elections, Venezuela has been in a state of political paralysis not seen since 2002-2003.  The narrow victory by President Nicolas Maduro over Henrique Capriles has led to extreme polarization – Capriles has challenged the election … Continue reading

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Post-Chavez Venezuela

On the afternoon of March 5th, Vice President Nicolas Maduro informed Venezuelans that President Hugo Chavez had passed away after battling cancer for over two years. The government has announced a 7-day period of mourning, while Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles … Continue reading

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The Pacific Alliance

On January 30th, the Presidents of the Pacific Alliance’s Member States agreed to liberalize intra-trade by 90% by March 31st. The move would bring tariffs down to a mere 10%, a significant reduction in the region given the rising protectionism … Continue reading

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The Falklands/Malvinas Question

On January 3rd, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner addressed a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron calling on the United Kingdom to return the Falkland Islands (in Spanish, Islas Malvinas) to Argentina. According to Ms. Fernandez, the letter was … Continue reading

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PDVSA and Venezuela’s Economic Regime

Venezuela’s presidential and regional elections gave President Hugo Chavez and his Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) victory. Although everyone is fascinated by the political situation in the country and what could happen given the President’s fragile health, a crucial … Continue reading

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