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Latin America Security

Increased guerrilla activity in Paraguay threatens FDI

The Paraguayan People’s Army, a burgeoning terrorist organization, is attacking Paraguayan agribusiness and the country’s rural police. In an economy that depends heavily on ranching and agriculture, this particular group

Economics Latin America

What to watch for in Latin America in 2014

The relationship in Latin America between governments and business in 2014 will be defined primarily by the interaction of democracy and natural resource economics. Here is an overview of key

Latin America Politics

GRI Person of the year in political risk: President Pena Nieto

In one year Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has overhauled key branches of Mexico’s economy such as energy and telecommunications, while also working to increase government revenue. He has enacted

Latin America Politics

Suriname-Netherlands row downplays economic progress

The Surinamese government recently partnered with Spanish energy firm CEPSA and became a full voting member of the Caribbean Development Bank. However, the Dutch denouncement of the Surinamese executive branch

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Argentina’s nationalized oil company may plague finances

A new deal between the Argentina and Repsol, a Spanish multinational oil and gas company, will mark a new era for Argentinian state finances. It also introduces an important question: will Repsol’s

Latin America Politics

FARC negotiations give Colombia opportunity to fight corruption

Lower levels of corruption in Colombia may help attract foreign direct investment. The government has an opportunity to improve the investment environment during negotiations with FARC. As it becomes clear

Latin America Politics

President Maduro focuses on elections, not economy

President Nicolas Maduro has gained special powers to fight Venezuela’s economic woes. However, things are unlikely to improve under the tense political atmosphere. On November 19th, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Despite reform, Brazil and Mexico lack energy investments

Latin America is endowed with significant oil and natural gas reserves, which until recently offered little opportunity for private investment. However, new reforms and the expansion of the renewable energy

Latin America Politics

Venezuela’s President Maduro seeks greater autonomy

After six months as president, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, Nicolás Maduro, has made an official request to parliament to rule by decree. The President has spoken out against the corruption

Economics Latin America

Can Rousseff Reform Brazil Before Elections in 2014?

On June 20, 2013 protests erupted throughout Brazil drawing 
at least 250,000 people and eventually peaking with 
over a million participants. Many throughout the world and certainly within the Brazilian