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Latin America Politics

The Venezuela-Colombia border crisis heats up

As Venezuela confronts significant economic problems ahead of elections in December, President Maduro has tried to divert attention by creating a conflict with neighboring Colombia. As a result, economic and political

Latin America Politics

Failed coup diverts attention from Venezuela’s currency devaluation

An alleged coup attempt on the government of Venezuela and following protests has diverted attention from the most drastic economic decision taken by the Maduro administration—liberalizing the exchange rate regime. On

Economics Latin America

Could Venezuela be headed for reform or revolt?

Rapidly declining world oil prices, a lack of basic goods in supermarkets, insecurity, and a more united opposition look set to make 2015 the most difficult year yet for Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro

Latin America Politics

Crackdown continues as Maduro’s approval declines

On 3 December, Maria Corina Machiado was given notice that she will face criminal charges for her alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. Adding to 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 Politics

Latin America sees second leftist wave

In 2014, there were presidential elections in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Uruguay, with right-of-center and pro-business parties losing every contest. In December 2013, GRI noted

Economics Latin America

Venezuela buckles up for oil price turbulence

Only just avoiding default in October, Venezuela now tries to get public budgets in order to keep investors on board. Yet, a major debt crisis is still the most likely

Latin America Politics

Government shakeup won’t improve Venezuela’s investment climate

The reshuffling of Venezuela’s executive branch was meant to boost President Maduro’s popularity and increase confidence in the United Socialist Party’s economic policies. However, the reshuffle does not incorporate impartial and moderate

Latin America Politics

Growing protests in Venezuela threaten Maduro’s rule

Massive anti-government protests have erupted across Venezuela in what President Nicolas Maduro has called an “evolving coup.” Maduro’s comment might become a self-fulfilling prophecy if protesters and the political opposition continue

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