Latin America and the Caribbean

The UN-defined Latin America and the Caribbean region is composed entirely of land from South and Central America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean and Mexico in North America.

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The Opioid Challenge: Rethinking US Policy for National Security

01.9.24

Amidst the gravest drug crisis in American history, the United States grapples with an incomprehensible death toll exceeding 100,000 fentanyl overdoses in 2021 alone. New foreign policy is needed to secure the border and save lives.

International Relations and Security

Interview with Former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

11.15.23

On November 13, 2023, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Jane Petersen spoke with former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The conversation covered a range of topics including what other countries can learn from Colombia’s peace agreement, poverty alleviation efforts, and the fight against climate change.

International Relations and Security

What Carbon Market Debates are Missing 

07.18.23

Carbon markets can be understood as a three-legged stool on which part of our climate goals rests; if one of the legs is missing, the stool falls. Unfortunately, today’s carbon market debates focus on two of those three legs whilst ignoring the other.  

Environment and Energy

Medical Personnel Uninformed of Reproductive Law: How Bolivia’s Neglect for Abortion Rights is Endangering Pregnant Individuals

07.14.23

How difficult is it to get a legal abortion in Bolivia? Well, as shown by a recent ordeal an 11-year-old child had to go through, it took weeks of mass national protests, government intervention, and international media attention.

Health

Latin American Cities in the Age of AI: Navigating the Technological Revolution

06.21.23

AI will continue to permeate and transform cities. With the right guidelines, it will allow governments to improve citizen engagement, reduce tax fraud, and optimize energy, mobility, and waste management systems.

Cities and Communities

The Future of Food in Latin America: Embracing Insect Protein

06.21.23

Alternative protein sources, such as insects, have emerged as promising solutions that could help reduce the environmental impact of food production while providing a nutritious and accessible protein source.

Health

Between a rock and a hard place: The energy transition in Mexico as a consumer

06.16.23

In 2022, Naturgy — Mexico City’s natural gas monopoly — left me without service for three weeks. Working in the renewable energy sector, I knew what to do: end the gas contract and get both an electric stove and a water heater. That is the recipe I share in any energy transition report: “electrify” to […]

Environment and Energy

When Legalizing Abortion is Not Enough: Barriers in seeking Abortion that go beyond Laws

04.4.23

In this article, the authors explore the barriers that women face on the ground when accessing abortion, even when the procedure has been legalized. They look at the cases of Argentina and Colombia, in Latin America, and India and Nepal, in Asia, to highlight examples of barriers and how grassroots organizations are playing a key role in supporting safe access to abortions.

The green domino effect: the global impact of the feminist mobilizations for sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America

02.15.23

In the last decade, we have witnessed worldwide policy and law changes regarding sexual and reproductive rights. In some countries, such as the United States, federal and state-level legal decisions evidence a withdrawal of gender equality policies[i] regarding sexual and reproductive autonomy. At the same time, contentious politics and legal efforts have led to their […]

Argentina’s Road Towards the Right to Choose

02.8.23

Argentina has a long tradition of women mobilizing for their own rights, human rights, and justice in their country. The 30-year-old struggle for abortion rights in Argentina was paved by local women’s organizations and by a constant persistence in guaranteeing women’s right to choose. Getting there was not a coincidence nor just luck. It took […]

Woke on Coke: Young Cocaine Consumers Fuel Social and Environmental Devastation in Colombia

08.2.22

I could feel the bass of the music thumping in my thoracic cavity. The soles of my shoes were sticky with the beer that had spilled on the floor when I saw Eva inhaling a line of white powder off the kitchen countertop.

Democracy and Governance

The War on Drugs and Violence in Latin America: Time to Hit Reset

07.28.22

Note: This article is featured in the Kennedy School Review’s 2022 print journal. The War on Drugs and Violence in Latin America: Time to Hit Reset Latin America is the most violent region in the world, with only 8 percent of the global population accounting for 38 percent of the global share of murder. That […]

Democracy and Governance

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