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Central America Politics

China’s strategic influence is growing in the Americas

At a time of reduced US influence, China’s economic and political ventures in Latin America will pay dividends.

Asia Pacific Europe

Chinese economic interests and the threat to EU cohesion

Today, some of Europe’s poorest countries are critical to China’s global economic development strategy. Under the 16+1 sub-regional framework, which includes eleven countries from central and eastern Europe and five from the Balkans (CEEC), China is pursuing investment opportunities in infrastructure in order to enhance its connectivity with the European region.

Latin America Security

Venezuela crisis spills over into Colombia

Colombia’s immigration crisis represents an unprecedented challenge, raising political instability and threatening the peace deal that took decades to achieve. 

Europe Politics

Catalonia: the rise of Ciudadanos

Elections in Catalonia delivered a blow to Madrid and provided separatists with a relative victory. They also cemented the rise of the Ciudadanos party, with implications for Spain’s national politics.

Economics North America

Trump and the ‘normalisation’ of relations with Cuba

On 8 November, Washington imposed fresh sanctions on Cuba, targeting the tourism and business industries. Is this a return to Cold War politics?

Latin America Politics

Elections in Chile: The return of the right

With Pinera likely to win upcoming elections in Chile, GRI’s Niall Walsh examines the trends behind the election and looks at their long-term consequences.

Latin America Power Brokers

Lopez Obrador, the Mexican Messiah?

The presidential campaign of Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, poses a serious threat to the political establishment in Mexico – and to Mexico’s relationship with some of Latin America’s leading economies.

Europe Politics

Catalonia’s biggest threat is internal

Amid the political crisis in Catalonia, the ‘silent majority’ in favor of union is becoming more conspicuous. It is likely that the rift will deepen.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Russia’s growing influence in Venezuela is part of a wider strategy

Russia’s investments in Venezuela show that the Kremlin stands ready to make strategic gains from America’s growing insularity.

Europe Politics

No winners: lessons from Brexit for the Catalan referendum

The Catalan independence referendum leads to a heightened risk of political uncertainty in Spain and highlights some EU structural flaws.