Reports and Books on Latin American Social Policy














  • Education in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities June 3, 2005

    Lucrecia Santibanez, Georges Vernez, Paula Razquin

    This documented briefing provides background and context for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on K–12 education in Mexico. It highlights the main educational issues and associated challenges, and identifies related investment opportunities. The most promising prospect for the Foundation would be to help build institutional capabilities to develop a broader understanding and public transparency of the Mexican education system and provide empirically supported feedback on existing programs and policies.


  • The Lessons of the Asian and Latin American Financial Crises for Chinese Bond Markets December 20, 2004

    William H. Overholt

    China can potentially develop a deep bond market to stabilize the country's government, pension, insurance, social security and corporate finances, and promote job growth. The Asian crisis teaches us that Asian countries need such bond markets but that bond markets will be unstable without painful reforms to ensure rigorous accounting, transparency, strong bankruptcy and foreclosure laws, an effective legal system, and bank accountability.


  • Arms Trafficking and Colombia January 1, 2003

    Kim Cragin, Bruce Hoffman

    Colombia has experienced significant political instability and violence over the past century due to a number of factors, including the proliferation of small-arms trafficking. The authors identify the sources and routes used by arms traffickers to acquire, buy, sell, receive, transfer, and ship weapons. They also examine the various groups and individuals who purchase and use these munitions. The authors examine Colombia's political conflict through the lens of small-arms trafficking and conclude with policy implications for the United States.

  • Honing the Keys to the City: Refining the United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Force for Urban Ground Combat Operations January 1, 2003

    Russell W. Glenn, Jamison Jo Medby, Scott Gerwehr, Frederick J. Gellert, Andrew O'Donnell

    Current U.S. forces have little experience with urban warfare. This report identifies shortfalls in urban combat ground reconnaissance and assists in the creation of urban reconnaissance tactics, techniques, and procedures for the Marine Corps. The authors discuss four challenges: the constant adaptation demanded by the environment, the complexity of ground reconnaissance, the demands of urban operations on military personnel, and the demands of these operations on equipment and technology. The analysts' purpose is to narrow the gap between these challenges and the solutions immediately at hand.