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Economics Latin America

Armed conflict, stalled bureaucracy limit Colombia’s economic growth

Global Risk Insights has reported that the largest problem for Venezuela’s PDVSA and Mexico’s Pemex is falling oil production. Now, another South American country, Colombia, has also reported a decrease in oil

Economics Latin America

The future of oil exporters in Latin America

Mexico has liberalized its oil sector and Venezuela tries to survive a wave of violent protests. What does the future of oil look like in Latin America? The politics of

Economics Latin America

Pacific Trade Alliance committed to free market development

In February, the leaders of the Pacific Alliance met in Cartagena, Colombia to discuss tariff reductions. This economic integration project demonstrates a long term credible commitment to sustain liberalized markets

North America Politics

4 numbers tell the story of U.S. immigration reform

Just behind the rhetoric of the debate, the numbers show what a massive undertaking immigration reform is. With the budget and debt ceiling having been dealt with already this year,

Economics International

Why emerging markets are not collapsing

The recent rout of emerging markets prompt worries over a new emerging market crisis like those of the 1990s and early 2000s. While significant downside risks exist, differentiation is likely

Economics International

MINT: the new emerging market acronym

In 2001, Jim O’Neill coined the term “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India and China). As the BRICs may face economic slowdown questions arise over what emerging market group will replace them.

North America Security

Gang, cartel violence threatens Mexico’s economic goals

Mexican government forces have stepped up security measures in an attempt to quell clashes between vigilante groups and drug cartels in several towns. Over the last year, vigilante groups have

Natural resources and energy North America

Oil privatisation central to Mexico’s economic overhaul

In an act that was met with mixed views by its public, Mexico’s nationalised oil sector has been opened for private investment for the first time in 75 years. In

Natural resources and energy North America

Oil glut could pose risk for U.S. shale oil revolution

With oil production reaching a historic peak, the U.S. may have to reconsider its 40-year-old ban on oil exports. The year 2014 could pose a milestone for the U.S. oil

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