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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

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Latin America & the Caribbean

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To Reduce Its Homicide Rate, Latin America Must “Denormalize” Violence

March 4, 2016 | Angelica Zamora

Home to nearly one-third of the world’s homicides, Central and South America have become desensitized to violence. Refocusing public perception could help solve the problem.

How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

February 29, 2016 | Eduardo Ribeiro

Brazil’s six-day Carnaval celebration is a striking example of its shameful treatment of black and mixed-race citizens.

The Human Cost of Puerto Rico’s Limbo

January 26, 2016 | Jennifer Wolff

Strapped with over $70 billion in debt, Puerto Rico is spending more on debt service than on education, health, or security. Services are being curtailed as public agencies scramble to cut costs.

In Mexico, Many Deaths in Custody but Few Investigations

January 14, 2016 | Adriana García

In Mexico, the problem of deaths in custody―and the failure to investigate them―is particularly acute.

A Chance to Get Drug Policy Right

December 17, 2015 | Daniel Wolfe, Kasia Malinowska

In 1998, the world’s leaders hashed out a plan to create “a drug-free world.” In April, they’ll come together again—and search for a smarter way forward.

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

November 12, 2015 | Catalina Pérez Correa, Coletta A. Youngers

The region’s leaders are vocal proponents of smarter drug policy, but a look at their recent incarceration rates suggests they’re not practicing what they preach.

Shining a Light on the Selection of Mexico’s Supreme Court Judges

November 10, 2015 | Adriana García

Mexico’s top court wields considerable influence, yet the process of selecting and approving its judges remains opaque.

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

October 27, 2015 | Daniela Westphal Huber

At the center of the world’s illicit drug trade, Latin America is well positioned to teach other regions of the Global South what it’s learned about smarter drug policy.

Four Scenarios for Latin American Democracy in 15 Years

October 8, 2015 | Pedro Abramovay

A polarized region with ample potential, Latin America will be transformed in the coming years. A group of stakeholders envisioned what its possible futures might look like.

Reaching the Moveable Middle on Abortion in Latin America

September 28, 2015 | Mónica Roa

Bit by bit, Latin American countries are legalizing access to abortion. But all to often, women find it next to impossible to exercise those rights.

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