Soft power the hard way

Cuba’s internationalist commitments abroad in a host of policy areas – healthcare, disaster relief, education, the arts, liberation struggles and sport – make it an ideal case study of 'soft power' ––– ||| Exporting Revolution, Margaret Randall (2017, Duke)

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Peace held captive

El Salvador offers a unique opportunity to explore how elites can 'capture' a peace process in order to maintain their interests ––– ||| Captured Peace, Christine J Wade (2016, Ohio)

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Exposed in the fields

An exploitative labour programme undermined the parasitic relationship between Puerto Rican populism and US priorities in 1950 ––– ||| We Are Left Without A Father, Eileen Suárez Findlay (2015, Duke)

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Brazil’s lesson in brown clientelism

Comment: Brazil’s president is bolstering his defences against corruption allegations by reversing protections in the Amazon

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A life of struggle

The life story of a Peruvian indigenous leader provides insights into divisions on the left ––– ||| Now Peru is Mine, Manuel Llamojha Mitma and Jaymie Patricia Heilman (2016, Duke)

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The most beautiful cause

Cuban support for the liberation movement in Angola was founded solely in a commitment to the greater good and solidarity ––– ||| Visions of Freedom, Piero Gleijeses (2013, North Carolina)

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Keeping rights healthy

Brazil offers important lessons about how some groups find it difficult to take advantage of the right to healthcare ––– ||| A Right to Health, Jessica Scott Jerome (2015, Texas)

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The subversive screen

Fidel Castro's canny ability to use television played a transformative role in shaping Cuban visions of modernity following the revolution ––– ||| Broadcasting Modernity, Yeidy Rivero (2015, Duke)

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Virginal obsessions

Reproduction has played a key role shaping ideas about female virtue in the development of modern Mexico ––– ||| Reproduction and Its Discontents in Mexico, Nora Jaffary (2016, North Carolina)

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An informal violence

Informalization of the economy due to neoliberal reform has fuelled violence in a poor Argentine barrio ––– ||| In Harm’s Way, Javier Auyero and María Fernanda Berti (2015, Princeton)

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Heroes behind the lens

When it comes to climate change, seeing is believing ––– ||| Images from a Warming Planet, by Ashley Cooper (2016, Global Warming Images Publishing)

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Children of the revolution

A study of how Mexico's revolutionary state defined childhood reveals the limits of cultural nationalism ––– ||| Seen and Heard in Mexico, by Elena Jackson Albarrán (2015, Nebraska)

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Weak, but still strong

Latin American leaders can influence US foreign policy despite their weaknesses ––– ||| Latin America Confronts the United States, by Tom Long (2015, CUP)

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