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    Chile: Socialists Fire First Salvo at Pacific Alliance

    In office only a week, the new foreign minister of Chile, Heraldo Muñoz, is already signaling the intention of the government of Socialist president Michelle Batchelet to weaken the pro-free-market Pacific Alliance in favor of its more statist competitor, Mercosur. A move like this would seem to confirm rumors of … More

    Chile Gets the Visa Waiver Program, but What About Poland?

    On February 28, the Obama Administration announced the designation of Chile as the 38th country to be admitted into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). That’s great as far as it goes. The VWP allows foreign nationals to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa … More

    Pacific Alliance: Decreasing Trade Barriers and Increasing Economic Growth

    The presidents of the “Pacific Alliance” (Chile, Colombia, México, and Perú) met last week in Cali, Colombia, to sign an agreement removing tariffs on 90 percent of their merchandise trade. This is good news. Congress and the Obama Administration should pay more attention to this trade bloc—one that is considerably … More

    Conservative Chileans Appreciated Margaret Thatcher

    The death of Margaret Thatcher received extensive media coverage in Chile, proving that the “Dama de Hierro” (“Iron Lady”) is still capable of stirring powerful emotions among Chileans—of irritation among her opponents and admiration from her supporters. Her passing occurred while Heritage economic experts were in Santiago to present results … More

    Corruption Victimizes the Poor in the Americas

    The recently launched “Americas Barometer,” by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), includes important insights about day-to-day corruption burdening citizens in every country in the Western Hemisphere, including the U.S. and Canada. According to a LAPOP poll, one in five people report that they had to pay at … More

    Dictator Castro Now In Charge of Latin American Pro-Democracy Group

    In Santiago, Chile, on January 28, the new regional body, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), passed its rotating presidency to Cuba’s dictator General Raul Castro. CELAC, according to prime backer Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is part of a historic project to build a Latin American/Caribbean union … More

    Chile's Strong Economy: A Case of Positive Policy and Freedom

    Chile continues to lead Latin America in 2013 in both economic growth and economic freedom. These positive outcomes reflect well on the solid policy choices being implemented by the Chilean government of President Sebastián Piñera. Making it onto the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom’s list of top 10 freest countries … More

    Free Trade Leadership: Not Made in America

    Later this month, China and 15 other nations will begin negotiations for a possible new trade agreement. This agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, could encompass 28 percent of the global economy, to the benefit of all nations involved. These negotiations reflect a worldwide trend of bilateral and multilateral trade … More

    Economic Freedom Is Surging in Chile

    With a score of 78.3 in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, Chile is now the seventh economically freest nation in the world (out of 179 countries ranked) and is number one in all of Latin America. Its overall score … More

    The Unknown Summit: Key Players in Latin America Move Toward Economic Unity

    Last week, in Merída, Mexico, the leaders of Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia met to affirm their shared commitment to economic integration, growth, and competitiveness. You may not have heard of the summit. In fact, a Google search of recent U.S. news articles covering the meeting of the “Pacific Alliance” … More