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A partnership between the National Endowment for Democracy’s Forum for Democratic Studies and the Instituto de Ciencia Política de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Journal of Democracy en Español provides cutting-edge analysis from the Journal of Democracy to Latin American readers in their own language. Now in its third year, the annual Spanish version of Journal of Democracy includes translated articles from the English version and original articles by scholars in the region.

Bogotá-based think tank Instituto de Ciencia Política has provided a nuanced and multifaceted look at the political, social and economic issues in Venezuela with the latest issue of the policy magazine, Perspectiva. Published three times a year, the February 2011 issue includes contributions from scholars and analysts from around the hemisphere with analyses on the future of Colombian and Venezuelan relations.

When it comes to understanding defense issues in Latin America, La Red de Seguridad y Defensa de América Latina’s (RESDAL) annual Atlas comparativo de la defensa en América Latina y Caribe is the hemispheric gold standard. The report contains data and analysis covering a wide range of defense issues, from the size and preparedness of the region’s armed forces, to military expenditures by country. At a time when Latin American militaries have gone on a weapons-buying spree, the reports are a valuable, fact-based resource on the armed forces and civil-military relations in the region.


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

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