An unrivalled survey on the countries and territories of this immense region.
* Over 900 pages of in-depth analysis, up-to-date statistics and invaluable directory details
* Includes contributions from acknowledged authorities who examine topics of regional importance.
* Thoroughly revised and updated analytical articles written by acknowledged experts covering issues of regional importance are examined by acknowledged authorities of the area, subjects covered include: The Role of the Church in Latin America in the 21st Century; Indigenous Peoples in Latin America; North American Regional Relations from a Mexican Perspective; El Niño and Changing Weather Patterns in the Region; An Overview of the Progress made in Combating Money-Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Caribbean
* New for this edition Debt, Finance and the IMF: Three Decades of Debt Crises in Latin America; The Andean Regional Initiative; Central America and 'El Norte'.
Individual chapters on each country and territory incorporating:
* An introductory survey, containing essays on the history and economy of each country, as well as
* An extensive economic and demographic survey of the latest available statistics on area and population, health and welfare, agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, industry, finance, trade, transport, tourism, communications media and education
* A full directory section with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail and internet addresses covering the constitution, government, legislature, judiciary, political organizations, diplomatic representation, religious groups, the media, finance, trade and industry, tourism, defence and education
* A select bibliography, containing suggestions for further research.
* Includes full details of all major international organizations active in the region; a detailed survey of major commodities in Latin America; a directory of research institutes specializing in the region; select bibliographies of books and periodicals and an index of regional organizations.
'This is a magnificent compilation of timely information on an area of the world for which reliable data is often in short supply.' - American Reference Book Annual
' … remains an exemplary reference work for students of the area' - International Affairs
'The range and authority of the facts and statistics provided are again without equal wihtin a single publication' - Reference Reviews
'An essential research tool, offering a wealth of up-to-date figures and analysis' - Latin American Bureau
'This excellent reference source is a wealth of essential current and historical information for all the New World South of the US' - Choice
'An obligatory title for all reference collections' - Riverina Library Review