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Chile’s national plebiscite, a response to the country’s 2019 protests, will ask voters whether the country’s constitution should be rewritten. // File Photo: Natalia Reyes Escobar via Creative Commons.

Will Chileans Vote to Rewrite Their Constitution?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A with experts’ viewpoints on the upcoming referendum in Chile on whether to rewrite the constitution.

Claudia Heiss, Daniela Jara Leiva, María Cristina Escudero

Latin America Advisor ˙

Protesters in Chile have long aired grievances over the country’s pension system. President Sebastián Piñera proposed reforms earlier this year, and now a group of senators wants to nationalize the system. // File Photo: CONSTRAMET.

Should Chile’s Pension System Be Nationalized?

Should Chile’s pension system be nationalized, and how would such a move affect current and future retirees?

Fernando Larraín, Olivia Mitchell, Sergio Urzua, Alfonso de Urresti, Kathleen Barclay, Peter Winn

Financial Advisor ˙

A photo of empty streets in Santiago, Chile. // Photo: Municipality of Santiago.

Has Covid Halted Momentum for Change in Chile?

Has the coronavirus pandemic interrupted protesters’ momentum and hopes for social change in Chile?

Patricio D. Navia, María Cristina Escudero, Claudia Heiss, Guillermo Holzmann

Latin America Advisor ˙

Chile has recorded more than 20,000 cases, but only 270 deaths, one of the lowest rates in the world. // File Photo: Chilean Government.

Covid-19 in the Americas: A Case in Contrasts

Some governments in Latin America imposed early preventive measures and mobilized health systems to meet the threat of Covid-19. Meanwhile, others with populist national leaders have done very little to prepare for or otherwise mitigate the epidemic.

Julio Frenk, Felicia Marie Knaul, Michael Touchton

Latin America Advisor ˙

Clean Energy Auctions in Latin America

Long-term power supply auctions are an increasingly popular instrument worldwide for attracting renewable energy investment while cutting prices, increasing energy security, and reducing emissions. Latin America has been at the forefront of using auctions to boost renewable energy capacity. This study analyzes design and outcomes of government-led long-term power auctions with participation from non-conventional renewable sources in six countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Jamaica) since 2015.

Lisa Viscidi, Ariel Yépez-García

Reports ˙ ˙ Inter-American Development Bank

Editor’s Picks: Top Content from the Latin America Advisor 2019

Top selections from the Latin America Advisor’s editorial staff of issues covering especially important developments during 2019, a remarkable year for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Erik Brand, Gene Kuleta, Anastasia Chacón González

Latin America Advisor ˙

Video

Latin America’s Autumn of Discontent

On November 6, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the event “Latin America’s Autumn of Discontent” in order to pinpoint some underlying drivers and discuss the interrelatedness of the mass demonstrations, contentious elections, and constitutional crises facing the region.

Taylor Savell

Event Summaries ˙

Presentation to Elcano Institute: Clean Energy Auctions in Latin America

Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, gave a presentation to the Energy Working Group of the Elcano Institute on clean energy auctions in Latin America and how their intelligent design could benefit other countries in the region. 

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙

Larraín // Photo: Inter-American Dialogue.

Aging Populations Force Lawmakers to Rethink Pension Systems

Changing demographics as a result of aging populations and the consequent need to reform pension systems will be among Latin America’s biggest challenges in the coming decades, Fernando Larraín, the director of the AFP Association of Chile, a private organization that includes all pension managers in the country, said April…

Anastasia Chacón González

Latin America Advisor ˙

File Photo: OECD.

Do Latin American Members Benefit From the OECD?

What advantages and disadvantages does being part of the OECD bring for Latin American countries and the region as a whole?

Anabel González, Diego Guevara, Andrés Rebolledo, Renata B. Vasconcellos, Mario Alejandro Valencia

Latin America Advisor ˙

File Photo: Luca Galiuzzi via CC license.

¿Puede Sudamérica capitalizar sus reservas de litio?

¿Qué tan bien están los países sudamericanos involucrando a inversionistas internacionales en sus estrategias de desarrollo de litio?

William Tahil, Juan Carlos Zuleta, David Merriman

Latin America Advisor ˙