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Economics Latin America

What to expect in Latin America in 2015

In 2015, Latin America’s dominant extractive industries will have to deal with lower prices and lower international demand. But with political and economic challenges building, many governments may find themselves unable

International Politics

Top 5 political risks in 2015

From Russian recession and falling oil prices to emerging market reform and divided responses to Islamic State, five areas will define political risk in 2015. One year ago today, the

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Latin America’s oil winners and losers

The recent fall in international oil prices will provide oil-importing countries in Latin America with an economic bonus, while oil exporters will suffer, both economically and politically. The chances of

Latin America Security

Poor security drives Honduras emigration

A variety of domestic factors, including a lack of security and economic opportunity, are driving steady emigration out of Honduras. Conclusions drawn from the author’s research work on the ground

North America Security

Mexico’s security situation worsens

Despite significant efforts by the Nieto government, Mexico has been unable to curb the influence of organised crime and establish security across the country. The disappearance of 43 students is

Finance Latin America

Latin America still low on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ scale

The ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking has improved for Latin American countries since 2005, but important regulatory areas such as tax law, contract enforcement, and commercial lending need to be overhauled

Natural resources and energy North America

Mexico’s oil reforms aim to boost revenue

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s privatization efforts are an attempt to restart revenue generation in the oil sector, which had stalled. Nieto hopes greater tax revenue from the sector may help cover federal budget deficits.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Energy reform in Mexico still presents risks

Mexico’s energy reforms are necessary to revitalize the sector. If the reform process is any indication, however, foreign firms will be wise to enter with caution. So dear to Mexican

International Natural resources and energy

Political risk alive and well in the global oil industry

Despite innovation in the US oil patch, the big stories in oil still lie outside the US—where hydraulic fracturing and innovation in drilling technology are unlikely to play a major

Economics Latin America

Haiti and Dominican Republic struggle to cooperate

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been working to repair bilateral relations in the wake of the Dominican Republic’s new citizenship law. As Haiti deals with its own political paralysis,