Analysis

Are Japan’s Ties to Latin America Getting Stronger?

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Latin America Aug. 11-19, with stops in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. Kono’s priorities during the trip were strengthening economic cooperation and trade ties with the region, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and seeking support on diplomatic issues, including those related to North Korea, NHK reported. What did he accomplish during his tour? Where are Japan-Latin America relations headed? Does Japan have a clear and coherent strategy in Latin America? Which sectors and countries in the region are of greatest importance for Japan, and what is driving that interest?

Latin America Advisor ˙

US-Latin America Energy Investment

While the Trump administration’s “America first” policies are aimed primarily at giving higher priority to national security and economic growth for the United States, the White House’s approach will have impacts on energy relations with the rest of the hemisphere that should also be considered.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Reports ˙

Trump and Latin American Energy: The Costs of Cutting Ties

Cuts to Washington’s energy engagement could undermine the connections that help support U.S.–Latin American cooperation on issues from security to immigration. When it comes to weakening energy integration in the Americas, there are few winners.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

The Future of Oil & Gas Exploration & Production in Colombia

The collapse in global oil prices has led to a steep decline in investment in Colombia’s hydrocarbons sector and reduced the value of its oil exports, depleting a key source of government revenue.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Event Summaries ˙

Video

China-LAC: Enduring Challenges

How will increasing Asian investment in Latin America influence economics and politics in the region?

Margaret Myers

Interviews ˙ ˙ Hunton & Williams

China’s Rising Investment Profile in the Caribbean

Over the past decade, China has become an increasingly important source of investment for developing countries. China’s investment, however, in the Caribbean is still minimal.

Richard L. Bernal

Reports ˙

What is the Outlook for Colombia’s Oil Sector?

What is the outlook for Ecopetrol and the Colombian oil sector in the short to medium term?

Alicia Puyana, Daniel E. Velandia O., Joydeep Mukherji, Luis E. Giusti, Rodrigo Villamizar

Energy Advisor ˙