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Peru and Turkey: consolidation or disruption?

In the past 10 days, Peru and Turkey held national elections that have huge potential to impact the steadiness of each country’s progress toward greater democracy and economic prosperity.  In Peru, a divided population narrowly opted for Ollanta Humala, a left-wing ex-officer who had backed … Continue reading

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Corruption: which countries are changing?

Emerging markets have done exceedingly well in terms of economic growth over the last 10 years. As I mentioned in my last post, it stands to reason that some of these high-growing countries would have made strong progress to greater transparency. Transparency … Continue reading

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Obama’s surprise stop: El Salvador

President Obama’s Latin American tour is taking him to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. The first two destinations do not surprise. Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy (and the seventh-largest globally). Chile is Latin America’s most developed country, setting the regional bar for per … Continue reading

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South Africa: where will the jobs come from?

South Africa has among the highest unemployment rates in the world. The official unemployment rate is 24%. But another statistic is even more depressing: approximately 42% of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 do not have a job. So … Continue reading

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Is education reform the ticket for Chile?

Chile’s president Sebastian Piñera has made no secret of his goal for Chile to obtain developed-country status by 2018. According to Piñera, “Our per capita income today is of $14,400, and by 2018 we want to reach $24,000, which is … Continue reading

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