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The IMF joins President Macri’s bid to ward off political risks

The Argentine government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 7 June agreed to a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) of up to $50 billion after suffering a speculative attack on the Argentine peso in May.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Pre-salt reserves make Brazil ripe for investment, but risk remains

On October 27, 2017, new auction rounds for the eight pre-salt blocks in Brazil were launched. As the Brazilian government approved a new regulatory framework for the bidding process to allow more investors, 14 foreign companies and two Brazilian entities were qualified to participate in the auction.

Economics Latin America

Ratings upgrade puts pressure on next government to maintain Brazil’s economic recovery

Amidst political chaos and uncertainty, Brazil’s economy continues on its path to recovery receiving a vote of confidence by ratings agency Moody’s. There is hope Brazil will be able to continue the necessary economic reforms once a new President takes office next year.

Latin America Politics

Colombia presidential elections: the rise of right-wing candidate Iván Duque

Colombian presidential elections will be held on 27 May. Among its candidates, a new-born star is rising with the right-wing candidate Iván Duque, a strong opponent to the peace agreement.

Latin America Politics

Judge orders Lula’s imprisonment and markets jump

In a historic decision, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court may have ended almost any chance for Lula to run for President in Brazil’s October presidential election. Two days after the decision and after violating Judge Sergio Moro’s timeline for arrest, Lula turned himself in to the Federal Police. Markets reacted positively to the news, but the court’s decision will divide an already polarized country and lead to even more uncertainty ahead of the Presidential election.

Latin America Politics

The political fallout from the Fujimori pardon

Few political developments, in Latin America’s democratic life, have been as unexpected and controversial as Peru’s former president, Alberto Fujimori, receiving a presidential pardon. Having served less than half his sentence – 25 years for serious human rights violations that include killings, kidnapping, and torture, in addition to corruption and bribery – the now infamous Christmas pardon has placed Peru’s rule of law and presidential legitimacy under intense scrutiny.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Colombia at a crossroads on the issue of energy and fracking

With officials in Colombia grappling with the reality of dwindling oil reserves, fracking has become central to the energy conversation.

Latin America Politics

Federal security intervention in Rio jeopardises Brazil’s pension reform

A new security intervention decree signed by President Temer that federalizes the fight against crime in Rio de Janeiro may prevent a key vote on pension reform from taking place next week. Brazil’s credit rating is at risk without progress on pensions.

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. 

Latin America Politics

The importance of the FARC’s 2018 political campaign

On January 27, Rodrigo Londoño began his campaign for president of Colombia. Will this move help the FARC achieve greater acceptance and further the peace process, despite the unlikelihood of a political victory?