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Over the Borderline: Part Three. The Economics of Migration.

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Our third and final installment of Over The Borderline stays below the U.S. southern border to look at the economic factors that contribute to mass migration from Central and South American countries specifically. We look at the root economic causes of migration, the U.S. failure to meaningfully partner with LAC nations to promote mutually beneficial economic conditions and the expansion of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Latin America and the geopolitical impact that’s having on our relationships.


Intro: 00:01:01

Chapter One: 00:02:45

Chapter Two: 00:10:19

Chapter Three: 00:22:16

Chapter Four: 00:31:02

Post Show Musings: 00:38:18

Outro: 00:53:01

Book Love

Alan McPherson: A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean

Carol Wise: Dragonomics: How Latin America is Maximizing (or Missing Out on) China’s International Development Strategy

Tad DeLay: Future of Denial: The Ideologies of Climate Change

Imperialism, Neoliberalism, And Social Struggles in Latin America


El Pais: Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim Takes Stock of the last six years…

Congressional Research Service: Central American Migration

U.S. State Department: Dollar Diplomacy

World Population Review: Country Rank by GDP

World Bank: Latin America and the Caribbean Economic Review (LACER); April, 2024 

Council on Foreign Relations: China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

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