In November 2014 a group of academics met at Pitt to consider the prospects for reform in Cuba from a comparative perspective. Just one month later Cuba and the United states announced their diplomatic opening. That was a dramatic change for the context of reform.
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Women in Latin America are very well represented in the political sphere as compared to the U.S. In fact, Ban Ki Moon even invited the rest of the world to follow the example of the Latin American and Caribbean countries when he spoke at a conference in Santiago, Chile back in 2015.
“This government is going to fall!” was the chant that echoed through almost 50 cities and towns across Venezuela as part of the nationwide movement protesting President Nicolas Maduro’s rule.
In the early 2000s, re-nationalizations swept several South American countries, but few paid attention to this policy trend. This article fills the vacuum in the academic literature by showing how ideological and public opinion factors, which were largely ignored in previous works on regulatory governance, can integrate institutional models in explaining the renationalization process that occurred in Argentina between 2005 and 2013.
Government Opportunism in Argentina
On Wednesday in response to a UN vote denouncing the embargo placed on Cuba by Congress the US abstained for the first time in 25 years. While this is a small nod by the US in recognition of the futility of the embargo, Congress is still opposed to lifting trade constraints until Cuba does more to improve human rights (Borger 2016).
The Latin American left has experienced a steep decline in its fortunes in recent months. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in Venezuela. The precipitous drop in state oil revenues and the attendant decline in the government’s ability to fund social welfare programs, coupled with triple digit inflation and severe shortages of basic necessities, have led to increasing protests and a recall effort against President Nicolás Maduro.