Analysis

Turmoil in South America and the Impact on Energy Markets

2019 has been a tumultuous year for South America. In recent months, mass protests have swept across several countries, including major oil and gas producers Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. Continued political and social turbulence will likely contribute to stagnant oil and gas production growth in these countries. Conversely, Brazil and Guyana are on track to become the region’s largest sources of supply growth.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Istituto Affari Internazionali

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 ˙

Colombian President Iván Duque’s popularity is sinking, and Colombians are planning a national strike on Thursday. // File Photo: Colombian Government.

Why Is Colombia’s Patience Wearing Thin With Duque?

What is at the root of citizens’ discontent in Colombia, and will the nation see the same sort of violence than other countries in South America?

Cynthia J. Arnson, Erin McFee, Maria Velez de Berliner

PLC Member in the News: Claudia Blum

Dialogue Presidents Leadership Council member Claudia Blum has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia.

Claudia Blum

Member in the News ˙

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 ˙

Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region

The largest tropical rainforest on the planet, the Amazon plays a critical role as a storehouse of carbon and mediator of the global water cycle and holds a greater share of the world’s known biodiversity than any other ecosystem. However, unchecked development is placing the Amazon under threat, pushing deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the region.

Matt Piotrowski, Enrique Ortiz

Reports ˙

Video

Energy Resource Development in Latin America

The development of energy resources is an integral component of many of Latin America’s economies, from established producers like Colombia and Brazil to newcomers to the global energy market like freshly oil-rich Guyana. However, policymakers and energy companies throughout the region must devise solutions to a variety of fiscal, political, social, and environmental hurdles to ensure successful and sustainable projects, explained speakers at an Inter-American Dialogue event on May 10.

Nate Graham

Event Summaries ˙

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 ˙

Colombian President Iván Duque, who took office this year, has backed away from suggestions he would scuttle the 2016 peace accord. // File Photo: Colombian Government.

Two Years In, Is Peace Taking Hold in Colombia?

How well is peace taking hold in Colombia, two years after the signing of the peace accord?

Antonio Navarro Wolff, Adam Isacson, Martha Maya, María Teresa Aya

Latin America Advisor ˙