Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

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The growth of emerging economies like China and India offers real opportunities for some of the hemisphere’s exporters. A May 2009 book published by the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) focuses on what Argentina must do if it wants to reach the new global middle class. Market Hunters: Trade and Export Promotion in the Argentine Provinces, written by Lucio Castro and Daniel Saslavsky, argues that the concentration of Argentine exporters hampers expansion and recommends improvements in infrastructure, business environment and inter-governmental coordination. Available in English and Spanish.

The Vanderbilt University Latin American Public Opinion Project’s (LAPOP) Insights series looks at statistical evidence drawn from the AmericasBarometer survey from 2004 and 2008 that demonstrated Honduras’ unusual vulnerability to political instability in the years prior to the June 28 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Authored by Mitchell Seligson and John Booth in August, Predicting Coups? Democratic Vulnerabilities, The AmericasBarometer and The 2009 Honduran Crisis reveals how pre-coup Honduras was 19 times more vulnerable to instability than the most stable country in the survey, Costa Rica. Available in English and Spanish.

Parlamento y defensa en América Latina, el papel de las comisiones: (Parliament and Defense in Latin America: The Role of Commissions) Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Venezuela, a June 2009 Security and Defense Network of Latin America (RESDAL) publication analyzes how legislatures in each of the Andean countries develop security and defense policies. Available in Spanish.

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