El Hemisferio

Politics, economics, and international affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean

About

El Hemisferio provides detailed analyses of the latest political and economic news related to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Latin America and the Caribbean has continually suffered as a region for the future.

Politically the region was the child of enlightenment philosophy a la the American and French Revolutions but threw off its colonial yoke during the age of Napoleon and the general-emperor. This tension between democratic, egalitarian philosophy and autocratic, imperial political reality that existed during the revolutions is characteristic of the continued disjunctions that make Latin America and the Caribbean so interesting.

Today, the struggle for democracy and economic growth are front and center in Latin America and the Caribbean. The analysis on El Hemisferio breaks down these and other struggles and explains why they matter and what they mean for the region and the world.

Meet the Authors

Nathan Davis received an MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Arizona. His research focuses on economic development in Latin America and Native American reservations and the causes and consequences of political revolutions and government change.

Giancarlo Fiorella is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. He is conducting reaching on the policing of protests in Venezuela and is the founder of In Venezuela, an English-language website dedicated to providing daily updates of the unfolding crisis.

Esther Ongay graduated from Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. She will pursue a master’s degree at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she will focus on International Development Studies. Before coming to GW, she worked for Mexico Evalúa, Centro de Análisis de Políticas Públicas as a researcher on public budget and accountability. She has also worked as an analyst for Fundación IDEA and as a research assistant at her alma mater, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas. During this time she has also volunteered for several worthy causes, including most recently Citizen Action Against Poverty where she volunteers her time to improve public policies to alleviate poverty in Mexico.