Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

From the Think Tanks



In the last decade, Latin America’s participation in peacekeeping operations has increased 725 percent. What this means for the region and for women is the subject of a new book by Red de Seguridad y Defensa de América Latina (RESDAL). La Mujer en las Instituciones Armadas y Policiales (Women in Military and Police Institutions) analyzes the growing role of women in security forces and the evolution of their participation in individual countries. Available in Spanish.

Who are our legislators and how do they vote? This can be tough to answer even in democracies with transparent institutions. Complex electoral systems and less-than-perfect transparency make it downright daunting. Argentina’s Fundación Directorio Legislativo addresses this issue by publishing an annual guide on Congress and state legislatures as well as information about current representatives. The 2010 edition will be released in late June. Available in Spanish.

Issues of climate change and deforestation affect every country. A new publication from Canada’s International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), REDD After Copenhagen: The way forward, shares a distinctly Canadian perspective on how to move ahead in negotiations to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). Taking stock of outcomes from the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, IISD shares options for national-level programs to combat deforestation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Aho is a consultant in the corporate practice group at Akerman LLP.

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