Category Archives: International Organizations

Today in Flawed Neoliberal Biases

Last week ushered in a new era at the World Trade Organization, as Brazilian Roberto Azevedo won the post as the WTO’s next director-general. With the election, Azevedo became the first Latin American to serve in that post [though no … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-While many in the Americas celebrated the announcement of the first American pope last year, not all citizens (including Catholic clergy) in Francis I’s home country are pleased with Bergoglio or the Catholic hierarchy in Argentina. -It appears the long national … Continue reading

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On the Benefits (or “Benefits”) of Mercosur

An Argentine study suggests Brazil is the only country to have generated a surplus via Mercosur. However, the report does not necessarily paint the picture of Brazil-as-bully. Rather, Orlando Ferres argues, The Brazilian [sic] are far better organized that the … Continue reading

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Around Latin America

-In the wake of violent suppression of growing protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala shuffled his cabinet again, picking as prime minister former human rights lawyer Juan Jimenez to replace ex-military officer Oscar Valdes. The move is likely designed at least … Continue reading

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Updates on Paraguay – The Supreme Court, the OAS, and New Trade Alliances(?)

As was expected, the Organization of American States released its report on the removal of Fernando Lugo from the presidency. The investigation criticized the Paraguayan Congress’s “poor performance” but ultimately rejected the idea that Paraguay should be suspended from the … Continue reading

Posted in Chile, Colombia, International Organizations, International Relations, Latin America, Latin American Economic Relations, Legal Issues in Latin America, Mercosur/Mercosul, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru

Paraguay and the Politics of International Organizations

The fallout from Mercosur’s suspension of Paraguay continues to have aftershocks and provides some insights into the political and diplomatic struggles and fractures within the organization. First, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Luís Almagro said that Brazil had really forced the issue of … Continue reading

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More on Paraguay and Mercosur

In a bit of irony, Paraguay is complaining of Mercosur’s admission of Venezuela before completing the “legislative procedure” and is considering taking the question of whether or not to remain in Mercosur to the Paraguayan electorate. The claim is a bit specious, … Continue reading

Posted in International Organizations, International Relations, Mercosur/Mercosul, Paraguay, Venezuela