A strong state encompasses a whole spectrum of institutions for conflict prevention and management (formal and informal and at the local and national levels). If the state is institutionally weak and illegitimate, conflict will likely occur since the institutional constraints on aggressive predatory behavior are also weak or do not exist at all. The recent conflict in Ukraine illustrates this clearly.
With the March 11, 2014, inauguration of Michele Bachelet to a second, non-consecutive presidential term, Chile may be on track to enact its most significant tax reform in decades.
The newsletter of the Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, and Mexico Institute
Shaping U.S.-Brazil Relationship After the Snowden Affair: A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas A. ShannonFeb 05, 2014
The Brazil Institute is pleased to launch a special report on the Dec. 19 event with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon
In this publication international experts address the utility of comparing Colombia and Mexico’s experiences and strategy for combatting organized crime and violence more generally.
Three leading economists provide commentary on Brazil's economy.
In this article, Mexico scholar Viridiana Rios discusses the relationship between economic development and the rule of law. She argues that the rule of law provides a foundation for economic development by fostering a secure climate for investment, creating an environment of certainty about conflict resolution, providing all economic actors equal access to justice, and limiting corruption, predatory behavior and informality.
This 2013 Elections Guide features all of the presidential and legislative elections this year, covering election cycles in twelve countries for a total of fifteen. Notably, there are entries for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s electoral conquest after a year of instability in Mali, President Robert Mugabe’s successful re-election bid in Zimbabwe, as well as future presidential contests in Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.
Brazilian expert José Roberto Afonso, analyzes the political economy of tax reform in Brazil (Portuguese). Executive summary available in English.
Civic Engagement and the Judicial Reform: The role of civil society in reforming criminal justice in MexicoAug 22, 2013
This report focuses on the role played by civil society in Mexico's judicial reform process, highlighting the efforts of organizations that have been influential and emblematic of civic activism in this area.