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December 3, 2012 | US Should Engage with Mexico

Despite the worldwide discussion on economic growth in the BRICs, the US might be well-advised to look more south. ++ In the coming years, the US will acknowledge an increasing Mexican influence in imports with “Made in Mexico” having replaced “Made …More

December 3, 2012 | Child-sex Tourism in Cartagena

Andrea Valencia: The purpose of this research project is to describe the factors that have led the children in Cartagena, Colombia to get involved in the booming industry of sex-tourism, including the methodology to be used as well as the literature review. …More

March 29, 2012 | US Fiddles as Mexico Flounders

The US should be more worried about a stable Mexico than states in the Middle East. ++ While violence in Syria is horrendous, more than 47,000 Mexicans have died in the drug wars since 2006. ++ Mexico City could lose control over northern parts …More

March 1, 2012 | Benefits and Uses of EU Development Aid

Ravi Sodha: This paper examines the question of who benefits from development aid and what the philanthropic act means within a neo-liberal framework. It will look specifically at EuropeAid and explore whether this policy could be used to pursue different objectives. …More

February 2, 2012 | Understanding Change in Brazil's Foreign Policy

Albert Buyé Grau: This dissertation seeks to demonstrate that Brazil’s foreign policy changed during the period between 1990 and 2010 because of the country’s adoption of a consensual hegemonic strategy in South America. This was pursued in order to become a global power. …More

January 26, 2012 | Latin America's Economies: Innocent Bystanders?

Latin America recovered strongly from the financial crisis of 2008-9, but now the region is feeling the pains of financial stress and dwindling global demand. Nevertheless, the major economies (the LAC-7: Argentina, Brazil, …More

January 10, 2012 | Brazil: A Key Ally on Global Governance

Markus Fraundorfer: Brazil has turned into a crucial actor in several policy areas of global governance, surpassing fellow emerging powers like China and India to take important roles in health, hunger, and climate change policy. The EU can no longer afford to neglect Brazil as a decisive partner for the future. …More

December 22, 2011 | Europe and Latin America: A Strategic Partnership

Editorial Team: We currently focus on how to step up bi-regional economic integration between the EU and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of the EU-LAC “Strategic Partnership” looking forward to the 2012 Summit in Santiago. …More

December 22, 2011 | An EU-LAC Strategic Partnership? It Takes Two to Tango!

Susanne Gratius: The EU is the leading investor in Latin America and the second trading partner, but despite great efforts, the EU is losing the race against China in the region. The next EU-LAC Summit in 2012 in Santiago de Chile should be a great opportunity to put this strategic partnership back on the right track. …More

December 22, 2011 | Taking the Leap into Latin America

Cornelia Sonnenberg: Despite tremendous investment opportunities in Latin America, the EU is being relegated to third place after the US and China. To avoid ending up there permanently, Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises must play a big role in the exchange of experiences, transfers of technology and know-how between both regions. …More

December 21, 2011 | Rekindling the EU-Latin America Partnership

Carlos Malamud: While the EU deals with its economic crisis and the consequences of enlargement, Latin America continues to speak with a dissonant voice as populist movements fragment the region. Picking up the pieces of an old initiative, the EU-LAC Summits, could go a long way toward getting them both back on track. …More

December 20, 2011 | China and the EU: Finding "El Dorado" Together

Jiang Shixue: China can support the Strategic Partnership between Europe and Latin America, creating a trilateral relationship through a joint investment fund which would provide needed capital to Europe and support China’s “going global” strategy. But for such a triangulation to be successful, the EU must overcome its fear of China. …More

December 16, 2011 | The Key is Liberalization

Gaspar Frontini: Protectionism remains one of the major threats to global growth. The EU aims to eliminate this hazardous risk and regulatory barriers through free trade agreements and more liberalization. A combination of bilateral and regional trade agreements is the best approach to implementing increased liberalization and reaping its rewards. …More

December 15, 2011 | Rediscovering the Americas: An Innovative 21st Century Alliance

Raúl Rivera: Latin American countries are an ideal “pilot region” to research and test innovative solutions to emerging world challenges. The keyword for a new trans-Atlantic alliance should be innovation; namely, to increase the stock of knowledge, to devise new applications, to design new products and to develop new technology. …More

December 15, 2011 | Learning from One Another

Hans-Hartwig Blomeier: Latin America has experienced a historic economic boom, but numerous social and institutional problems still hamper the region. In contrast, the more democratically advanced EU is facing a historic economic crisis. Working together, both regions can advance each others’ interests and develop a genuine partnership. …More


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