Analysis

A Critical Moment in Venezuela

In January, the surprising emergence of Juan Guaidó as the opposition’s leader was followed by months of frenetic activity on the Venezuela crisis. Today there seems to be a pause in the high drama. It is in this context that former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, now the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is making a three-day visit to Venezuela. Although it is hard to predict the final result of the visit, there is little doubt that both sides of this tragic and protracted stalemate will seek to take maximum political advantage.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ La Tercera

Fellow in the News: Kevin Casas-Zamora

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance’s (International IDEA) Council of Member States has selected Kevin Casas-Zamora as the Institute’s new Secretary-General. International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Membership in International IDEA is open to governments which demonstrate, by example in their own state,…

Kevin Casas-Zamora

˙ International IDEA

Member in the News: Ángel Cabrera

Dialogue member Ángel Cabrera has been named President of the Georgia Institute of Technology. He will assume the position before September 15, 2019.

Ángel Cabrera

˙ Georgia Institute of Technology

En busca de una estrategia de inserción internacional para América Latina

Lo mejor que pueden hacer los actores políticos y sociales latinoamericanos es concebir una estrategia de inserción internacional en la que sus países sean actores y no simples receptores pasivos de oportunidades y amenazas generadas desde el exterior.

Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Revista Pensamiento Iberoamericano

Video

The Historic Blackout in Argentina and Uruguay

Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program, appeared on CGTN to discuss the reasons for the unprecedented blackout that affected all of Argentina and Uruguay and parts of Paraguay on June 16, how it affects Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s re-election campaign, and whether it could happen again.

Lisa Viscidi

Interviews ˙ ˙ CGTN

Technology holds “remarkable” potential to promote trust between citizens and governments and reduce corruption, Ashley Friedman writes below. // File Photo: Pixnio.

How Can Tech Help in the Fight Against Corruption?

How has technology been used most effectively to combat corruption, and what are the most promising ways that it can be employed in the fight against graft in the future?

Richard Fogarty , Phil Beckett, Beatrice Rangel, Laura Gaviria Halaby, María Fernanda Pérez Argüello, Ashley Friedman

Latin America Advisor ˙

Promessas Não Cumpridas: A América-Latina Hoje

O volume tem uma visão ampla dos recentes desenvolvimentos sociais, políticos e econômicos na América Latina. Ele contém seis ensaios, focados em temas salientes e transversais, que tentam construir um fio ou uma narrativa sobre a região altamente diversificada, destacando suas principais idiossincrasias e analisando para onde ela deve se encaminhar nos próximos anos.

Laura Chinchilla, Catalina Botero, Robert Muggah, Augusto de la Torre, Alain Ize, George Gray Molina, Ana Covarrubias, Andrés Malamud, Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Books ˙ ˙ Promessas Não Cumpridas: A América-Latina Hoje

President Donald Trump last Thursday announced that the United States would impose new tariffs on imports from Mexico beginning June 10, saying the country has failed to stop flows of migrants from coming to the United States. // File Photo: White House.

Has Trump Gone Too Far With New Tariffs on Mexico?

What effect will the tariffs have on the economies of both countries, and how has the private sector reacted?

Andrés Rozental, James R. Jones, Carlo Dade, Nicolás Mariscal, Tamara Kay

Latin America Advisor ˙

Mexico’s Problematic Energy Policy

Just as Pemex bonds suffered a downgrading to junk status by Fitch, Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy Program, sat down with Nathaniel Parish Flannery of Forbes to discuss the state of Mexico’s energy sector, including oil and gas, regulators, and renewables, seven months into the AMLO administration.

Lisa Viscidi, Nathaniel Parish Flannery

Interviews ˙ ˙ Forbes

Colombia’s Supreme Court last week freed former FARC rebel leader Seuxis Hernández, also known as Jesús Santrich, who is wanted on cocaine trafficking charges in the United States. // File Photo: Colombian Government.

Are Colombia’s Courts Capable of Keeping the Peace?

What are the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to release former FARC leader Seuxis Hernández?

Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Maria Velez de Berliner, César Caballero, manager at Cifras & Conceptos in Bogotá

Latin America Advisor ˙

Video

Avoiding the Amazon Rainforest Tipping Point

Deforestation rates in the Amazon River Basin have risen to near-record levels in recent years, threatening biodiversity and indigenous lands as well as global climate change efforts and weather patterns in the Amazon region and beyond. The lack of governance across Amazonian nations is a primary factor behind countries’ failure to stem forest loss, said experts at an event launching a new Inter-American Dialogue report on May 29.

Nico Nastri

Event Summaries ˙