Why Are Mexico and Brazil So Slow in Reacting to COVID-19?

Apr 01, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed almost the entire world on lockdown. The current crisis is often compared to historic events such as the two World Wars, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 or 9/11. The worst-case modeling of the spread of the novel coronavirus predicts millions of deaths on top of...

Guyana’s Bright Future Is Under Threat
Mar 30, 2020

Guyana’s Bright Future Is Under Threat

Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

Better Insurance Can Build Economic Resiliency in Latin America
Mar 10, 2020

Better Insurance Can Build Economic Resiliency in Latin America

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Is Brazil’s Soft Power Under Threat?

Feb 21, 2020

An image isn’t just worth a thousand words. A good public image generates better market positions, healthier interpersonal relationships and, of course, profits. When it comes to a country’s image, its importance is even bigger, not only for economic growth but for the safety of its citizens....

El Salvador’s Young President Turns Up the Pressure on the Political Establishment

El Salvador’s Young President Turns Up the Pressure on the Political Establishment

Elected in 2019 as a political outsider to El Salvador’s two main parties, Nayib Bukele assumed the country’s presidency with the promise of ending gang violence and enforcing the rule of law in an institutionally weak nation. However, Bukele’s recent actions as president seeking to pressure...

For Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s Economy Is a Key to Staying in Power

For Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s Economy Is a Key to Staying in Power

Last October, Ecuador witnessed some of the largest mass protests in its modern history. Concentrated mainly in the capital city of Quito and, less intensely, in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Portoviejo, the protests ignited on October 3, when President Lenin Moreno’s government announced the...

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Jan 30, 2020

In Havana, Cuba, the effects of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration have seeped their way into daily life: the long lines of cars outside gas stations, the dwindling stock on store shelves, the increasingly common apagones, or power outages. In early September 2019, Cuba’s President...

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

Brazil vs. Argentina: Will Football Rivals Clash Over Politics?

Jan 20, 2020

Pelé, Di Stefano, Maradona, Ronaldo, Neymar, Messi: Brazil and Argentina have produced some of the best football players in history — and currently. All the elite Europeans teams have Brazilians and Argentinians in their cast. The national teams are also the biggest rivals in the world’s most...

With the Discovery of Oil, Guyana Must Invest in Protecting the Environment

With the Discovery of Oil, Guyana Must Invest in Protecting the Environment

Jan 15, 2020

Climate change has become a global priority, but not for everyone. For some, it is a spoke in the wheel of economic interests — the splinter that sparks a dangerous political debate seeking to turn climate change into a myth. But if anything should summon global consensus, it is the fact that...

Ivan Duque’s Difficult First Year in Office

Ivan Duque’s Difficult First Year in Office

According to a recent poll conducted by Invamer, Colombia’s president Ivan Duque is facing a historically low popularity after little over a year in office. The announcement followed months of continued struggles for Alvaro Uribe’s protégé, which include (but are not limited to) his...

Will the West Lose Guyana to the Chinese?

Will the West Lose Guyana to the Chinese?

Jan 06, 2020

Guyana, home to just 750,000 people, is about to leap from one of the poorest to one of the richest countries in the world. The financial predators are circling, led by the Chinese. Guyana's inexperience, incompetence and lack of Western interest will hand the Chinese a valuable prey. Oil...

Need Lithium and Other Metals? Time to Invest in Latin America

Need Lithium and Other Metals? Time to Invest in Latin America

Dec 20, 2019

Since the beginning of European colonialism in the 16th century, adventurers and investors have responded to the opportunities that exist to control entire zones where they can freely extract raw materials without being bothered by the local populations who may find them invasive. The traditional...

Destroying the Amazon Isn’t Worth the Profit It Generates

Destroying the Amazon Isn’t Worth the Profit It Generates

Dec 20, 2019

Seated in the heart of South America, Brazil is the continent’s biggest economy, instrumental in the development of its neighboring countries. Brazil’s population currently stands at 211 million; however, figures from the World Bank indicate that annual population growth is falling, with rates...

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