David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment and contemporary affairs of Latin America; to foster cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the Americas; and to contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere. DRCLAS was founded in 1994 as an initiative to promote high-quality teaching and research on Latin America and related fields at Harvard University. The Center’s structure reflects its interdisciplinary mandate: The Executive Committee is comprised of eight senior faculty members from throughout the University. A separate Policy Committee helps to direct the Center’s development. DRCLAS supports faculty-directed research projects and academic conferences and assists students who want to learn more about Latin America through research, work, study, or volunteering in the region.

The Center’s publication program brings together many of the world’s foremost Latin Americanists to produce books on various topics concerning Latin America.

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Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Becoming Brazuca: Brazilian Immigration to the United States

Becoming Brazuca: Brazilian Immigration to the United States

Jouët-Pastré, Clémence
Braga, Leticia J.

Brazilians in the United States are a relatively new wave of immigrants from South America. This volume offers a broad-ranging discussion of an understudied population and also brings insights into the core issues of immigration research: how immigration can complicate issues of social class, race, and ethnicity, how it intersects with the educational system, and how it fits into the assimilation paradigm.

Cover: A Principality of its Own: 40 Years of Visual Arts at the Americas Society

A Principality of its Own: 40 Years of Visual Arts at the Americas Society

Falconi, José Luis
Rangel, Gabriela

This collection of critical essays examines distinctive moments of the Americas Society’s visual art program and its impact on the formation of a Latin American market in the United States. Founded in 1965, the Americas Society has played a pivotal role in Latin American art, from Pre-Colombian to modernism. A Principality of Its Own explores the achievements and experiments that modeled the institution from the Cold War to the present.

Cover: Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy: An Exhibition of Argentine Contemporary Artists, 1960-2007

Beginning with a Bang! From Confrontation to Intimacy: An Exhibition of Argentine Contemporary Artists, 1960-2007

Noorthoorn, Victoria

Beginning with a Bang! features the shift between the explosive and experimental moment in the Argentine art scene of the 1960s, and the current scene emerging after the extreme crises in Argentina during the last 40 years. The exhibition catalogue brings together a historical section as well as information of performance-based actions and sound and video works by Argentine contemporary artists.

Cover: Effective Management of Social Enterprises: Lessons from Businesses and Civil Society Organizations in Iberoamerica

Effective Management of Social Enterprises: Lessons from Businesses and Civil Society Organizations in Iberoamerica

Austin, James E.
Gutierrez, Roberto
Ogliastri, Enrique
Reficco, Ezequiel

Based on the results of a two-year research process on how social and business organizations in Ibero-America achieve superior social performance, Seeking Success in Social Enterprise presents the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis of such practices ever undertaken in this region. This practitioner-oriented book also enriches the literature on organizational performance, social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility. It aims to enable social and business leaders to gain a greater understanding of how to achieve high performance in terms of social value creation.

Cover: The Emergence of China: Opportunities and Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Emergence of China: Opportunities and Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean

Devlin, Robert
Estevadeordal, Antoni
Rodríguez-Clare, Andrés

This pioneering volume provides a comprehensive overview of China’s economic policy and performance over recent decades and contrasts them with the Latin American experience, opening new avenues for thinking about revitalizing development strategies in Latin America in the face of China’s successful development and reduction of poverty. This insightful report is a must-read for analysts, policymakers, and development practitioners, not only in Latin America and the Caribbean, but wherever China’s presence is being felt.

Cover: The Politics of Policies: Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, 2006 Report

The Politics of Policies: Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, 2006 Report

Inter-Amer Dev Bank

This study analyzes how the workings of the policymaking process affect the quality of policy outcomes. It looks beyond a purely technocratic approach, arguing that the political and policymaking processes are inseparable. It offers a wide variety of examples and case studies, and yields useful insights for the design of effective policy reform.

Cover: Upgrading to Compete: Global Value Chains, Clusters, and SMEs in Latin America

Upgrading to Compete: Global Value Chains, Clusters, and SMEs in Latin America

Pietrobelli, Carlo
Rabellotti, Roberta

Can local markets and clusters represent a powerful alternative to global markets? Do transnational corporations and global buyers enhance or undermine local firms’ upgrading and learning? Using original empirical evidence from several clusters in Latin America, Upgrading to Compete shows that both local and global dimensions matter at once.

Cover: Living with Debt: How to Limit the Risks of Sovereign Finance, Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, 2007 Report

Living with Debt: How to Limit the Risks of Sovereign Finance, Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, 2007 Report

Inter-Amer Dev Bank

Living with Debt focuses on how to manage sovereign debt safely and effectively. The report traces the history of sovereign borrowing in Latin America, releases a new data set on public debt, and analyzes debt’s evolution, highlighting the recent trend toward higher domestic debt and lower external borrowing. Also included is a detailed study of the costs of sovereign defaults, such as those that have affected Latin American countries in recent years.

Cover: Democracies in Development: Politics and Reform in Latin America, Revised Edition

Democracies in Development: Politics and Reform in Latin America, Revised Edition

Payne, Mark
Zovatto, Daniel
Díaz, Mercedes Mateo

The advance of democracy in Latin America over the past quarter century has helped ensure respect for fundamental political freedoms, civil liberties, and human rights. Democracies in Development highlights how an effective democracy is also essential for sustainable economic and social development. The book analyzes the effects of institutions on democratic systems, identifies regional trends in political reform, and gauges the value and types of reform that may hold promise for strengthening democracy in the future.

Cover: Outsiders?: The Changing Patterns of Exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean, Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, 2008 Report

Outsiders?: The Changing Patterns of Exclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean, Economic and Social Progress in Latin America, 2008 Report

Márquez, Gustavo

Despite decades of reform and global integration, many people in Latin America claim they are worse off. This book argues that democratization, macroeconomic stabilization, and globalization have disrupted the traditional labor-market-based paths of integration based on public and formal employment and made those left behind more vulnerable to the traditional forces of discrimination and exclusion.

Cover: Privatization for the Public Good?: Welfare Effects of Private Intervention in Latin America

Privatization for the Public Good?: Welfare Effects of Private Intervention in Latin America

Chong, Alberto

Using unique household data sets for six Latin American countries, the essays collected in this volume put together a compelling picture of the effects of privatization.

Cover: Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies

Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies

Stein, Ernesto
Tommasi, Mariano
Scartascini, Carlos
Spiller, Pablo

What determines the capacity of countries to design, approve, and implement effective public policies? To address this issue, this book builds on the results of a comparative study of political institutions, policymaking processes, and policy outcomes in eight Latin American countries. The volume benefits from both micro detail on the intricacies of policymaking in individual countries and a broad cross-country interdisciplinary analysis of the process in the region.

Cover: Taxation and Latin American Integration

Taxation and Latin American Integration

Tanzi, Vito
Villela, Luiz
Barreix, Alberto

In South and Central America, a movement toward further economic integration has begun. In the hope of helping to make the process smoother, and to foster a better understanding of the policy actions required, the Inter-American Development Bank studied the impact of trade integration on taxes. Twelve of these studies are collected here in this book.

Cover: Governing the Metropolis: Principles and Cases

Governing the Metropolis: Principles and Cases

Rojas, Eduardo
Cuadrado-Roura, Juan R.
Guell, José Miguel Fernandez
Schineller, Sarah

This book explores key metropolitan management issues, presents practical principles of good governance as they apply to the metropolis, and unfolds cases of institutional and programmatic arrangements to tackle such issues.

Cover: Unclogging the Arteries: The Impact of Transport Costs on Latin American and Caribbean Trade

Unclogging the Arteries: The Impact of Transport Costs on Latin American and Caribbean Trade

Moreira, Mauricio Mesquita
Volpe, Christian
Blyde, Juan

This book explores the impact of transport costs on trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, and argues that transport costs have assumed an unprecedented strategic importance to the region. It concludes that a broader and more balanced trade agenda would bring the long-neglected issue of transport costs to the center of the policy debate.

Cover: Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life. Development in the Americas 2009

Beyond Facts: Understanding Quality of Life. Development in the Americas 2009

Inter-Amer Dev Bank

Traditionally, the concept of quality of life has been viewed through objective indicators of living conditions, basic needs, or capabilities. In Beyond Facts, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) looks at quality of life through the perceptions of millions of Latin Americans. Using an enhanced version of the recently created Gallup World Poll that incorporates Latin America–specific questions, the IDB surveyed people from throughout the region and found that reality and perceptions of quality of life are often very different. Beyond Facts attempts to explain these differences and consider their implications for both politics and policy.

Cover: Who Decides the Budget?

Who Decides the Budget?

Hallerberg, Mark
Scartascini, Carlos
Stein, Ernesto

The budget is the main tool used to allocate scarce public resources, and it is in the context of the budget process that politicians must make trade-offs between different policy priorities. This volume describes the budget practices, both formal and informal, in ten countries of Latin America and explains fiscal results in terms of these four features.

Cover: Socially Inclusive Business: Engaging the Poor through Market Initiatives in Iberoamerica

Socially Inclusive Business: Engaging the Poor through Market Initiatives in Iberoamerica

Márquez, Patricia
Reficco, Ezequiel
Berger, Gabriel

The idea that market mechanisms can mobilize social change by engaging the poor in win–win scenarios is gaining increased world attention. Companies, social sector organizations, and development agencies are all beginning to glean the potential that lies among the world’s poorest people, both as an untapped productive force and a neglected consumer market. This book aims to demonstrate how the private sector can become part of the solution of poverty. In this study, the authors assess market initiatives in Iberoamerica by large corporations, cooperatives, small and medium enterprises, and nonprofit organizations.

Cover: The Colombian Economy in the 20th Century: A Quantitative Analysis

The Colombian Economy in the 20th Century: A Quantitative Analysis

Robinson, James A.
Montoya, Miguel Urrutia

This wide-ranging book looks at many aspects of Colombia’s recent economic history, from foreign trade to fiscal policy. The editors have assembled a who’s who of Colombian economic thinkers, including Adolfo Meisel, Roberto Junguito, and Salomón Kalmanovitz. They offer information about the economy, socio-economic outcomes, and public policy, while understanding both Colombian development and long-range economic issues in a dynamic and comprehensive fashion.

Cover: Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750-2000

Living Standards in Latin American History: Height, Welfare, and Development, 1750-2000

Salvatore, Ricardo
Coatsworth, John H.
Challú, Amílcar E.

Since the 1990s, historians, economists, and other social scientists have sought to document and analyze the historical roots of Latin America’s relatively high inequality and persistent poverty. This edited volume with 8 compelling chapters by preeminent economists and social scientists brings together scholarly efforts to measure and explain changes in Latin American living standards as far back as the colonial era. Recent work has focused on physical welfare, or “biological” well-being, using novel measures such as heights or stature of children and adults (a measure of net nutrition) and the Human Development Index (HDI). Other work brings to the discussion new and more reliable measurements that can be used for comparing countries, often with unexpected and startling results.

Cover: Building Cities: Neighbourhood Upgrading and Urban Quality of Life

Building Cities: Neighbourhood Upgrading and Urban Quality of Life

Rojas, Eduardo

This volume provides a synthesis of the lessons learned and challenges confronted in implementing neighbourhood improvement programs, based on the practical experiences of designing, implementing, and evaluating these types of programs in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. The book provides a wide panorama of the most complex problems that the cities of the LAC region currently face and shows—with examples of projects under execution—that it is possible to solve them through the expansion of the scale of interventions.

Cover: How Democracy Works: Political Institutions, Actors, and Arenas in Latin American Policymaking

How Democracy Works: Political Institutions, Actors, and Arenas in Latin American Policymaking

Scartascini, Carlos
Stein, Ernesto
Tommasi, Mariano

In the past 30 years, democratic freedom and competitive electoral processes have taken hold as never before in Latin America. This book zeroes in on the intricate workings of democratic institutions (political party systems and the legislature), the actors that participate in democratic systems (governors, judges, bureaucrats, and other members of civil society), and the arenas in which political and policy interactions take place (formal or informal). How do those institutions, actors, and arenas affect the policymaking processes of Latin American countries for better or worse? In its scope and complexity, the volume moves well beyond stylized views of the political systems in Latin America.

Cover: Portraits of an Invisible Country: The Photographs of Jorge Mario Munera

Portraits of an Invisible Country: The Photographs of Jorge Mario Munera

Falconi, José Luis

In May 2003, Colombian photographer Jorge Mario Múnera won the Latino and Latin American Art Forum Prize, which entitled him to present an exhibit at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. This volume marks the culmination of a five-year project between the photographer and the curator of the show, José Luis Falconi.

Cover: Crossings: Mexican Immigration in Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Crossings: Mexican Immigration in Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M.

Arguably few other social phenomena are likely to impact the future character of American society as much as the ongoing wave of "new immigration." Who are the new immigrants? What do they want? How are they changing American society? This cross-disciplinary book brings together twelve essays by the leading scholars of the most significant aspect of the new immigration: Mexican immigration to the United States.

Cover: Latin America and the World Economy since 1800

Latin America and the World Economy since 1800

Coatsworth, John H.
Taylor, Alan M.

The fifteen essays in this volume apply the methods of the new economic history to the history of the Latin American economies since 1800. The authors combine the historian’s sensitivity to context and contingency with modern or "neoclassical" economic theory and quantitative methods.

Cover: The United States and Latin America: The New Agenda

The United States and Latin America: The New Agenda

Bulmer-Thomas, Victor
Dunkerley, James

The end of the Cold War shifted the agenda of U.S.-Latin American relations away from hemispheric security toward trade and investment, drugs and migration. The new agenda has increased pressure to eliminate anachronistic U.S. embargo on Cuba and also includes Latin America’s growing ties to the countries of the European Union and other regions. This book contains fifteen essays by distinguished U.S., Latin American, and European scholars on each of these issues, framed by overviews of the changing historical context from the nineteenth century to the end of the Cold War.

Cover: Globalization and the Rural Environment

Globalization and the Rural Environment

Solbrig, Otto T.
Paarlberg, Robert
Di Castri, Francesco

Organized by Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies with the collaboration of the Scientific Committee for Problems of the Environment, this interdisciplinary volume examines the impact of a variety of new technological, social, and economic trends on the rural environment.

Cover: The Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States

The Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States

Maybury-Lewis, David

The book provides a valuable overview of current problems facing indigenous peoples in their relation with national states in Latin America, from the highlands of Mexico to the jungles of Brazil. The traditional, sometimes centuries old, relations between states and indigenous peoples are now changing and being rediscussed. The collection, authored by U.S. and Latin American anthropologists using interdisciplinary approaches, enables the reader to understand these recent developments in a comparative framework.

Cover: Proclaiming Revolution: Bolivia in Comparative Perspective

Proclaiming Revolution: Bolivia in Comparative Perspective

Grindle, Merilee S.
Domingo, Pilar

This volume, the result of a conference organized by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University and the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of London, presents new interpretations of the causes of the events in Bolivia of 1952 and compares them to the great social transformations that occurred in France, Mexico, Russia, China, and Cuba. It also considers the consequences of the revolution by examining the political, social, and economic development of the country, as well as adding important insights to the understanding of this fascinating Andean country.

Cover: Integrating the Americas: FTAA and Beyond

Integrating the Americas: FTAA and Beyond

Estevadeordal, Antoni
Rodrik, Dani
Taylor, Alan M.
Velasco, Andrés

This work, based on a conference sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, examines how this free trade process is surging ahead, while at the same time taking on a broader set of issues including institutional reform, transparency, the environment, labor, and social cohesion.

Cover: Social Partnering in Latin America: Lessons Drawn from Collaborations of Businesses and Civil Society Organizations

Social Partnering in Latin America: Lessons Drawn from Collaborations of Businesses and Civil Society Organizations

SEKN, Social Enterprise Knowledge Network
Austin, James E.
Reficco, Ezequiel
Berger, Gabriel
Fischer, Rosa María
Gutierrez, Roberto
Koljatic, Mladen
Lozano, Gerardo
Ogliastri, Enrique

An American supermarket and a Mexican food bank, an Argentine newspaper and a solidarity network, and a Chilean pharmacy chain and an elder care home are just a few examples of how businesses are partnering with community organizations in powerful ways throughout Latin America. The authors analyze why and how such social partnering occurs and provide a compelling framework for identifying key levers that maximize value creation for participants and society.

Cover: The Cuban Economy at the Start of the Twenty-First Century

The Cuban Economy at the Start of the Twenty-First Century

Domínguez, Jorge I.
Villanueva, Omar Everleny Pérez
Barberia, Lorena

How can Cuba address the challenges of economic development and transformation that have bedeviled so many Latin American and Eastern European countries? For the Cuban and American social scientists and policy experts writing in this timely and provocative volume, the answer lies in examining Cuba’s development trajectory by delving into issues ranging from the political economy of reform to their impact on specific sectors including export development, foreign direct investment, and U.S.–Cuba trade.

Cover: Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, Revised and Expanded

Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, Revised and Expanded

Schlesinger, Stephen
Kinzer, Stephen

Bitter Fruit is a comprehensive and insightful account of the CIA operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954. This book has become a classic, a textbook case of the relationship between the United States and the Third World. It is a warning of what happens when the United States abuses its power.

Cover: Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration

Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration

Epps, Brad
Valens, Keja
Johnson González, Bill

Passing Lines seeks to stimulate dialogue on the role of sexuality and sexual orientation in immigration to the U.S. from Latin America and the Caribbean. The book looks at the complexities, inconsistencies, and paradoxes of immigration from the point of view of both academics and practitioners in the field.

Cover: Philanthropy and Social Change in Latin America

Philanthropy and Social Change in Latin America

Sanborn, Cynthia
Portocarrero, Felipe

Latin America is a profoundly philanthropic region with deeply rooted traditions of solidarity with the less fortunate. This volume brings together groundbreaking perspectives on such diverse themes as corporate philanthropy, immigrant networks, and new grant-making and operating foundations with corporate, family, and community origins.

Cover: Titu Cusi: A 16th Century Account of the Conquest

Titu Cusi: A 16th Century Account of the Conquest

First written in 1570, this work now published in modern Spanish with an English translation sheds light on the Inqa (Inca) world. These writings followed more than a decade of negotiations and skirmishes between Inqa rebels and Spanish officials who were receiving their orders from Spain to find a diplomatic, or alternatively violent, solution to integrate these independently governed territories under Spanish colonial rule.

Cover: Brazil through the Eyes of William James: Diaries, Letters, and Drawings, 1865-1866

Brazil through the Eyes of William James: Diaries, Letters, and Drawings, 1865-1866

Machado, Maria Helena P.T.

From 1865-1866, William James accompanied the director of the recently established Museum of Comparative Zoology on a research expedition to Brazil. This volume is a critical, bilingual (English-Portuguese) edition of his diaries and letters and also includes reproductions of his drawings. This original material belongs to the Houghton Archives at Harvard University and is of great interest to both William James scholars and Brazilian studies experts.

Cover: The Other Latinos

The Other Latinos

Falconi, José Luis
Mazzotti, José Antonio

The Other Latinos addresses an important topic: the presence in the United States of Latin American and Caribbean immigrants from countries other than Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Focusing on the Andes, Central America, and Brazil, the book brings together essays by a number of accomplished scholars, hoping that this introductory work will inspire others to construct a more complete understanding of the realities of Latin American migration into the United States.

Cover: Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, With New Afterword

Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, With New Afterword

Kinzer, Stephen

Widely considered the best-connected journalist in Central America, Stephen Kinzer personally met and interviewed people at every level of the Somoza, Sandinistas and Contra hierarchies, as well as dissidents, heads of state, and countless ordinary citizens. Blood of Brothers is Kinzer’s dramatic story of the centuries-old power struggle that burst into the headlines in 1979 with the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship, as well as a vibrant portrait of the Nicaraguan people.

Cover: Manifest Destinies and Indigenous Peoples

Manifest Destinies and Indigenous Peoples

Maybury-Lewis, David
Macdonald, Theodore
Maybury-Lewis, Biorn

The renowned anthropologist and human rights advocate David Maybury-Lewis saw the Latin American frontiers as relatively unknown physical spaces as well as unexplored academic “territory.” The authors examine the narrative forms that stirred or rationalized expansion, and emphasize their impact on the native residents. The essays suggest a view of nationalism as a theoretical concept and of frontier expansion as a historical phenomenon.

Cover: Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Strategies in North America

Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Strategies in North America

Bane, Mary Jo
Zenteno, René

Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Strategies in North America is a dialogue about poverty in North America, especially in Mexico and the United States. In this book, twelve poverty scholars in Mexico and the United States contribute to the understanding of the roots of poverty and build knowledge about effective policy alleviation strategies.

Cover: Unequal Schools, Unequal Chances: The Challenges to Equal Opportunity in the Americas

Unequal Schools, Unequal Chances: The Challenges to Equal Opportunity in the Americas

Reimers, Fernando

With the greatest income inequality in the world, the nations of the Americas face the challenge of consolidating democratic regimes, improving productivity, and reducing poverty as they enter the twenty-first century. Educational opportunity is central to this threefold challenge. The distinguished contributors to this volume discuss current policies and issues in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, as they explore the nature of the relationship among education, poverty, and inequality.

Cover: The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chávez

The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chávez

Ponniah, Thomas
Eastwood, Jonathan

Is Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution under Hugo Chávez truly revolutionary? Some see the president as the shining knight of twenty-first-century socialism, while others see him as an avenging Stalinist strongman. Despite passion on both sides, the Chávez government does not fall easily into a seamless fable of emancipatory or authoritarian history. A range of distinguished authors consider the nature of social change in contemporary Venezuela and explore a number of themes that help elucidate the sources of the nation’s political polarization.

Cover: Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century

Cuban Economic and Social Development: Policy Reforms and Challenges in the 21st Century

Domínguez, Jorge I.
Villanueva, Omar Everleny Pérez
Prieto, Mayra Espina
Barberia, Lorena

The transformation of the Cuban economy over the last decade is only likely to accelerate. In this edited volume, prominent Cuban economists and sociologists present a clear analysis of Cuba’s economic and social circumstances and suggest steps for Cuba to reactivate economic growth and improve the welfare of its citizens.

Cover: Export Pioneers in Latin America

Export Pioneers in Latin America

Sabel, Charles
Fernández-Arias, Eduardo
Hausmann, Ricardo
Rodríguez-Clare, Andrés
Stein, Ernesto
Snoeck, Michele

Why do some export activities succeed while others fail? Here, research teams analyze export endeavors in Latin American countries to learn how export pioneers are born and jump-start a process leading to economic transformation. Case studies range from blueberries in Argentina and flowers in Colombia to aircraft in Brazil and software in Uruguay.

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