Author: Aden Choate

Mexico Is Eroding Digital Age Data Autonomy

December marks one year since Mexican lawmakers approved a law that would mandate collection of biometric data from the entire population, including Mexican nationals residing abroad. In substantiating the opinion, Deputy César Agustín Hernández Pérez stressed the need for a modern population policy that accounts for changes in demographics, migratory/mobility

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Love Wins: Chile Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption

In a historic vote, a bill permitting same-sex marriage passed in both houses of Chile’s National Congress on December 7th, joining the country with the likes of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Uruguay in actualizing victory for marriage equality in Latin America. Center-right President Sebastián Piñera backed the bill

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U.S. And Mexico To Restart Contentious “Remain In Mexico” Program

On Thursday, U.S. and Mexican officials jointly announced the reinstatement of the Migrant Protect Protocol (MPP), a Trump-era program requiring asylum seekers to wait outside U.S. territories while claims are processed. United States President Joe Biden ended MPP, colloquially dubbed “Remain in Mexico,” in January to curb inhumane approaches to

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LAC Food Systems: Contextualizing Recent COP26 Talks

I. Introduction In late October at COP26, the government of Honduras and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) jointly agreed to pursue financing for climate-smart investments in the Honduran agricultural sector (for more information, see Grant Whittington’s article, “COP26 Results in a New Opportunity for Smallholder Farmers in Central America.”)

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Presidential Election Presents Divergent Paths for Chile’s Future

On Sunday, Chileans headed to the polls for the 2021 presidential, parliamentary, and regional elections. The frontrunners to replace President Sebastián Piñera are Gabriel Boric, 35, a former student movement leader representing the leftist Social Convergence Party and José Antonio Kast, 55, a conservative populist likened, in policy and practice,

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Mexico To Grant Humanitarian Visas To Children, Pregnant Women

In a move distinguished from recent action toward individuals in transit, Mexico announced on Thursday that it would grant humanitarian visas to pregnant women and children, part of the most recent group traveling from Central America and the Caribbean through Mexico. These visas will last a year and enable access

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Macron Rallies For E.U. Influence In Indo-Pacific Post-AUKUS Crisis

On October 4th, plans to pitch a greater European Union presence in the Indo-Pacific region were announced on behalf of French president Emmanuel Macron. This comes in the wake of the AUKUS crisis in September, which saw Australia cancel a substantial submarine contract with France and opt instead for U.S.-designed

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Putin Repeats “Red Line” Rhetoric, Opposes NATO Expansion In Ukraine

On 27 September, Russia warned against NATO military infrastructure expansion in Ukraine, citing it as a “red line” for President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would swiftly counteract. Reuters reported that this follows recent joint military exercises with U.S. and other NATO member troops in Ukraine as well as “large-scale drills”

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