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Highlights of the Fall 2017 issue:

- The Ninth U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum highlights our continuing engagement on the issues of climate change, security and migration, and trade and inequality;

- The interplay between the art of Fernando Botero and Pablo Picasso, by the curator of a recent dual exhibit;

- Author Lauren Markham on families trying to hang together while being pressed to migrate.

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken presents the highlights of this Fall 2017 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

Harley Shaiken looks at the 15-year history of the U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum.

James Lamb provides an overview of issues facing both Mexico and the United States, including inequality, globalization, and political instability.

Ram Ramanathan and Soffía Alarcón-Díaz lead a conversation on the moral obligation to combat the threats climate change poses to both Mexico and the United States.

Highlights of a conversation on crises of violence and human rights, including forced northern migration from Central America and the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa.

The U.S.-Mexico Futures Forum panel engages in discussion and examination of the effectiveness of NAFTA, inequality and wages.

Futures Forum participant Stephanie Leutert explains the link between climate change and the northward migration of certain Central American populations.

Through personal narratives, cultural memory, and data, Lauren Markham investigates the violence driving the current Central American migration crisis.

Based on the exposition “Botero: A Dialogue With Picasso,” Cecilia Braschi considers the relationship between Fernando Botero and Pablo Picasso, despite the two never having met.

Leonel Alvarado examines the relationship between the evolution of Central American national anthems and the imposition of changing nationalistic values.

Tinker Research Grant recipient Carlos Martinez presents his findings on the reasons behind the staggering prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Cetnral America.

Priscila Dorella questions the controversy behind the political affiliations of Mexican author Octavio Paz, as well as his motives for establishing himself as a public political persona.