Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen

Laura Carlsen (lcarlsen(at)ciponline.org) is director of the Americas Policy Program (www.americaspolicy.org) in Mexico City, where she has been an analyst and writer for two decades. She is also a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 7:15am
There's Little Mystery to This Mass Grave: Mexico's Drug War Is Killing Children
Many countries prohibit deploying their military for domestic law enforcement: it’s a recipe for violent authoritarian abuse. But the Obama administration’s prohibitionist drug war is funding and encouraging abuse and brutal, corrupt, mass-grave-level murders throughout Mexico and Central America...
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In privatizing its lucrative oil industry, Mexico is banking on a boom of foreign-financed deepwater drilling and fracking. There are so many reasons that this is a bad idea, it’s hard to know where to begin. (Photo: woodleywonderworks / Flickr) Views
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 1:30pm
Mexico’s Oil Privatization: Risky Business
Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has gone where no other Mexican president has dared to tread since the nation’s wildly popular oil nationalization in 1938. Late last year, he pushed through an historic measure to reprivatize much of Mexico’s energy sector. The constitutional reforms to grant...
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 8:55am
Zapatistas at Twenty
There are two tests of social change movements: endurance and regeneration.
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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 1:08pm
At the UN, a Latin American Rebellion
Without a doubt, the 68 th UN General Assembly will be remembered as a watershed.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:12am
Brazilians' Demands: From Lower Bus Fares to a Fair Society
With a million people demonstrating in the streets of cities throughout Brazil, everyone’s scrambling to understand how a 20-cent bus fare hike turned into a social revolt.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:35pm
US Efforts to Block Democracy in Venezuela Harm Hemispheric Relations
The U.S. government stands alone among major world governments in refusing to recognize the results of the recent Venezuelan presidential election. The petulant position of the Obama administration harms U.S. relations across the entire hemisphere and feeds a scenario of violence in that Caribbean country.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:58pm
Chavez: Washington Nemesis, Latin American Hero
You could almost hear the sigh of relief coming out of Washington at the news of Hugo Chavez’s death on March 5.
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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 7:34am
Obama Must Rewrite His Foreign Policy Legacy
With a more than comfortable margin of 332 to 206 electoral votes, President Barack Obama held onto office last Tuesday. Now the big question for foreign policy is whether Legacy Obama will be a bolder advocate for peace than the disappointing Campaign Obama.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 8:06am
Public Security – The Greatest Casualty of the Drug War
In stops all around the country, the Caravan for Peace has found that convincing people that the war on drugs is destructive and wasteful is not the problem. The polls show the public came to this conclusion long ago and now close to a majority favor what used to be considered “radical” solutions like legalizing and regulating marijuana.
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Friday, May 18, 2012 - 11:50am
Women: 50% of the 99%
What’s 50 percent of 99 percent? Hint: This isn’t a math quiz. To put the question in non-numerical terms: where are women in the global economic crisis?
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