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Economics Latin America

What to expect in Latin America in 2016

Economic decline in dominant industries, worsening security in major urban centers, and high profile corruption accusations will continue to hinder development in Latin America in 2016. In the Latin American

Latin America Security

Cuban migrants stuck in Central America

Thousands of migrants from Cuba heading out from Ecuador are stuck in Central America, as Costa Rica and Nicaragua squabble over freedom of movement. In 2008, the government of Rafael

Economics Latin America

Doing Business in, or with Cuba?

First, let’s get the preposition right. All commentary regarding entering the Cuban market makes reference to investing “in” Cuba. But, when used as a preposition, “in” innocently indicates inclusion within

Economics Latin America

US watches as Cuba and Russia strengthen economic ties

The last few weeks have seen marked escalations of business ties between Russia and Cuba. The US is watching this very closely. What can we expect, diplomatically and economically, as

International Politics

Flags carry political risk

The renewed debate in the United States over the Confederate flag has shown how flags can carry political risk for national and local governments. In the globalized era, it is more

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Washington and Havana mend ties with reopening of embassies. TPP meeting in Hawaii could be final stage after eight years of negotiation. President Obama meets with Nigerian and Kenyan leaders to strengthen security

Economics Latin America

Cuba Inc. – Long way to go before opening to the free market

With just one meeting in December, the Obama administration managed to create a rapid domino and excitement effect among American and foreign investors. However, Cuba endures extensive social and economic

Latin America Security

Shaken truce in Colombia casts doubt over peace negotiations

Both ends of the negotiating table in Colombia will have to persuade their own ranks to prevent further clashes and keep negotiations afloat. Peace negotiations will likely delay any prospective treaty to

Economics Latin America

The Cuban economy: not yet open for business

Decisive gestures of reconciliation after a half century of tension between the US and Cuba were at the spotlight of the VII Summit of the Americas held in Panama City

Economics Latin America

Guantanamo creates problems for US-Cuba talks

The disputed territorial status of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay will impede efforts to renew diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. Yet, agreement over the territorial lease