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Partners in Austerity: Jamaica, the United States and the International Monetary Fund

April 2015, Jake Johnston

The Brazilian Economy in Transition: Macroeconomic Policy, Labor and Inequality

September 2014, Mark Weisbrot, Jake Johnston, and Stephan Lefebvre

Latin American Growth in the 21st Century: The 'Commodities Boom' That Wasn't

May 2014, David Rosnick and Mark Weisbrot

Did NAFTA Help Mexico? An Assessment After 20 Years

February 2014, Mark Weisbrot, Stephan Lefebvre, and Joseph Sammut

Honduras Since the Coup: Economic and Social Outcomes

November 2013, Jake Johnston and Stephan Lefebvre

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Op-Eds & Columns

Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot
The Hill, April 9, 2015

President Obama Visits Jamaica, But What is His Government Doing to Jamaica’s Economy?

Mark Weisbrot
Al Jazeera America, April 8, 2015

Investing in Agriculture in Developing Countries: the Whole World Says Yes, but the WTO Says No

Deborah James
AlterNet, March 31, 2015

Message to Biden: More of the Same Won’t Work in Central America

Alexander Main
The Hill, March 19, 2015

Behind the White House's Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot
US News & World Report, March 18, 2015

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Obama and Latin America: Annual Lecture Spring 2015

Democracy and the Political Situation in Haiti

Aid Accountability in Haiti

Work In Brazil: A Comparative Perspective

Latin American Human Rights Defenders on the Impact of U.S. Security Policy in Mexico, Central America and Colombia

The Impact of the BRICS’ Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) and the New Development Bank (NDB)

Unaccompanied Minors: Undocumented Immigrants, Refugees or Asylum Seekers?

Revisiting the Role of U.S. Trade and Economic Policies in the Central America Refugee Situation

BRICS Bank: A Challenge to Bretton Woods or More of the Same?

The Legacy of Independence and Democracy in Venezuela

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Press Releases

Obama Administration Downgrades Supposed Threats Posed by Cuba, Venezuela Ahead of Summit of the Americas

April 9, 2015

Jamaica Suffering from “Most Austere Budget in the World,” Imposed by the IMF, New Paper Finds

April 7, 2015

Election of Luis Almagro as New OAS Secretary General Represents “Declining US Influence in Latin America,” CEPR Co-Director Says

March 18, 2015

Five Years after Haiti’s Earthquake, International Community Still Must Act to Address Urgent Needs, CEPR Co-Director Says

January 12, 2015

Obama’s Change of Cuba Policy is Welcome and Long Overdue; Reflects Increasing U.S. Isolation in a Latin America Mostly Run by Left Governments, Says CEPR Co-Director

December 17, 2014

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The Situation of Human Rights and Democracy in Honduras Since the Elections of November 2013

December 2014, Alexander Main

Testimony Before the United States Congress Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Honduras
July 25, 2012, Testimony of Alexander Main before Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, U.S. Congress

OAS: Economics, Democracy, Haiti
June 6, 2005, Remarks by Mark Weisbrot before the Organization of American States General Assembly, Meeting Between Civil Society Organizations, the Secretary General, and Heads of Delegations En español

On the State of Democracy in Venezuela
June 24, 2004, Testimony of Mark Weisbrot before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations (Senate)

Argentina’s Economic Meltdown: Causes and Remedies
March 5, 2002, Testimony of Mark Weisbrot before the Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade of the Committee on Budget and Financial Services (House of Representatives)

Other Resources

Returning Honduras to Democratic and Constitutional Order with President Manuel Zelaya
Discussion with H.E. José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, President of the Republic of Honduras, with an introduction by Mark Weisbrot and moderation by
George Washington University's Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program 's Cynthia McClintock, September 2, 2009. (Video and Audio)

Ecuador`s Debt Audit: Implications in the Global Economic Crisis
Minister of Finance of Ecuador, María Elsa Viteri, discussed the implications of the Ecuadorian debt situation in the context of the global economic crisis, including the negative impacts of deregulation of the financial markets and the lack of appropriate established international mechanisms for auditing developing country debt. December 11, 2008.

Media Briefing: Ecuador`s Debt

Discussion with Neil Watkins, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, and CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot on prospects for Ecuador`s debt default, December 10, 2008. (Audio)

Bolivia’s Democratic and Economic Changes

Discussion with Luis Arce, Bolivian Finance Minister, Carlos Villegas, Bolivian Minister of Planning and Development, and CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot, October 10, 2008. (Video)

Latin America in the Post-Bush Era: What Can We Expect in the Next Phase of U.S.-Latin American Relations?
Discussion with Mark Weisbrot of CEPR and Álvaro Vargas Llosa, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, May 29, 2008.
(Audio and Video)


IFI Watchnet
This international network connects organizations researching the international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, and regional development banks.


Neoliberalism, Globalization and Inequalities:
Consequences for Health and Quality of Life

with a chapter by Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker and David Rosnick
Baywood Publishing Co. (2007)

Flat World, Big Gaps

Flat World, Big Gaps:
Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty And Inequality
with a chapter by Mark Weisbrot, Dean Baker, and David Rosnick, and a chapter co-authored by Heather Boushey
(forthcoming in May 2007)


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