Latin America

By Zachary Toal
Staff Writer
April 21, 2014

Economists and academic sports enthusiasts at-large are quick to point out historic figures as proof that hosting large-scale sporting events does not benefit the host, particularly when the host, like Brazil, requires new stadiums and infrastructure. So why is the Brazilian government spending so much to prepare for the World Cup?

By Zachary Toal
Staff Writer
March 10, 2014

The government of Venezuela wields a powerful tool in its control of the state’s energy reserves. President Maduro is unlikely to give up this revenue-producing gem and give in to public demands, which will lead to greater political unrest. As a result, the state-owned enterprise is a tense focal point of both the government and its opposition. Continued instability in Venezuela is not only a detriment to Latin America, but to the global energy market as well.

By Jonathan Kirk
Editor-in-Chief
March 3, 2014

The Brazilian government must do more to mitigate the current and impending social and anthropogenic impacts of the Belo Monte dam complex.

By Zachary Toal
Contributor
December 16, 2013

As Puerto Rico barrels toward a default on $70 billion in public debt, investors and politicians are concerned about how to save the U.S. territory. Historical prescriptions to avoid a default are not feasible within the current law. The inevitability of default in Puerto Rico renders the timing of the default instrumental in determining the island’s economic future.

By Alejandro Garcia
Staff Writer
November 25, 2013

The way states think about politics must change to reflect and address the physical geographical transformations the world will undergo. For the reasons described below, Latin America has the potential to shape the geopolitical landscape in the 21st century.

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