Central America: 25 years later

Abraham Lowenthall rediscovered the isthmus 25 ago and analyzes the changes that have occurred during that period.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


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In his column published in America Economia, the analyst asks us to "Imagine that your twin brother will wake up today from a 25 year coma and asks you for a report on the main changes that have occurred in Central America, what will you tell him?

Lowenthall says that his "objective was carry out research for a book entitled "Rethinking the relation between the United States and Latin America" and, at the same time, to get a real sense of the current situation in these countries, in order to offer an opinion to the next US government."

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