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Is Latin America Moving to the Right? Article
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, left, and Brazilian President Inácio Lula da Silva, right, illustrate the growing right-leaning trend in Latin America. Martinelli, a conservative, defeated his center-left opponent in elections earlier this year, while leftist Lula's approval rating remains high but his recently announced chosen successor trails the opposition in polls. (AP/Eraldo Peres)

Is Latin America Moving to the Right?

Recent elections and polls show several Latin American countries leaning conservative, but analysts and politicians should look beyond ideology and ask whether the upcoming elections’ winners will serve people’s needs, writes Stephanie Miller.

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Web 2.0 and Latin America’s Upcoming Elections Article
Web-surfers use computers at the Estacao Futuro, or Future Station, Internet center in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Internet use is dramatically increasing in Latin America and is playing a major role in upcoming elections in the region. (AP/Douglas Engle)

Web 2.0 and Latin America’s Upcoming Elections

As Latin America and the Caribbean enter a new round of elections, the region’s analysts should take a close look at the Internet’s role in shaping the electoral landscape, writes Stephanie Miller.

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A Historic Decision on Cuba Article
Heads of state and authorities from countries members of the Organization of American States, OAS, attends the 39th General Assembly in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on June 3, 2009. The OAS announced Wednesday it has revoked a 1962 measure suspending communist Cuba, but it is questionable whether the Castro administration wishes to join the Inter-American system.  (AP/Eduardo Verdugo)

A Historic Decision on Cuba

The Organization of American States approved Cuba’s reintegration to the Inter-American system, yet the country’s intention to join is doubtful, writes Stephanie Miller.

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The Obama Administration and Colombia in 2010 Article
Colombia President Álvaro Uribe, who continues to enjoy widespread support due to the important security gains achieved during his presidency, may seek a third term. The Obama administration must focus on helping Colombia achieve consolidation of its security gains by promoting social and economic development. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

The Obama Administration and Colombia in 2010

With the Colombian 2010 presidential race heating up, now it's the time to assess what’s at stake for the United States and its historically staunchest ally in the region, writes Stephanie Miller.

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President Obama Meets the Americas Article
President Barack Obama walks out the Oval Office with Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, right, during their meeting at the White House in Washington, March 14, 2009. Obama heads to Trinidad and Tobago this week for the Summit of the Americas. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama Meets the Americas

Obama's mission at the Summit of the Americas should be to listen to other leaders and communicate a commitment to environmental sustainability and energy, writes Stephanie Miller.

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Democracy Strengthened or Weakened? Article
Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cheer in Caracas after hearing the results of a referendum that abolished term limits for Venezuela's president. (AP/Fernando Llano)

Democracy Strengthened or Weakened?

Venezuela approved Hugo Chávez’s request to abolish presidential term limits, evidence of a broader trend toward stronger presidents in Latin America, writes Stephanie Miller.

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