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Nine months since protests
against worsening living conditions in Latin America’s second-poorest country began,
the Nicaraguan opposition is being terrorized and is less able to stage
anti-government rallies. However, President Daniel Ortega’s prospects for
hanging on to power are also uncertain: his government has few friends and the
country’s economic difficulties are mounting.
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
United States President Donald Trump has insinuated the migrant caravan heading from Central America to the U.S. constitutes an invasion and has deployed some 5,000 troops at the border to stop it. Now, the president has threatened to rescind aid to the migrants’ countries of origin. American aid programs are built to address the region’s terrible crime and lack of employment opportunities – the very reasons so many people are leaving their homes and heading for the U.S. in the first place.
Uruguay scores perfect tens
on civil liberties and the electoral process in the World Bank’s rule of law
index – matching Norway and New Zealand, and far outstripping its larger Latin
American neighbors. The country’s internal stability is buttressed by an
ambitious social welfare system. However, that presents Uruguay’s leaders with
a nasty problem: how to reinvent the economy to keep financing an expensive
faces economic uncertainty as global trade alliances are thrown into disarray.
The new government in Santiago, led by free-market conservative Sebastian
Pinera, has a weak position in the legislature. On top of the daunting
challenge of diversifying Chile’s copper-based economy, President Pinera must deal
with social unrest at home. This situation calls for first-rate leadership that
ventures beyond routine governance.