Analysis

Alberto Fernandez speaking

Mercosur’s Divisions Are Pushing It to a Breaking Point

Relations between the four members of South America’s Mercosur trade bloc—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay—are at their worst since the group’s establishment three decades ago. If the bloc is not up to the task of adapting to the 21st century, it may be time to set its members free to pursue their own trade and development goals.

Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

Photo of Michael Shifter and María Eugenia Vidal

Private meeting with María Eugenia Vidal

On June 10, the Inter-American Dialogue welcomed María Eugenia Vidal, former governor of Buenos Aires and Dialogue member, to discuss the current political and economic conditions of Argentina as the nation approaches elections in the fall.

Noelle Whitman

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The Mercosur flag and the EU flag flying next to each other.

Is There Any Hope for the E.U. Trade Deal With Mercosur?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ opinion on the future of the trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc.

Jon E. Huenemann, Allison Fedirka, Elena Lazarou, Thomas Andrew O’Keefe

Latin America Advisor ˙

LEGO map of South America

Regionalism and Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has once more demonstrated the fragility of Latin American regional and subregional organizations, and the reasons for it: the weaknesses of domestic institutions, the lack of shared interests and values, and the dependence on foreign powers. It is not too late to turn the pandemic into an opportunity to acknowledge the existence of common interests, and the value of pursuing them collectively.

Ana Covarrubias

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Unfulfilled Promises: Latin America Today

Can the ‘Landmark’ EU-Mercosur Trade Deal Be Successfully Implemented?

After 20 years of on-and-off negotiations, leaders from the European Union and South America’s Mercosur trade bloc announced late last month that they had reached a sweeping trade agreement encompassing 800 million people and almost a quarter of the global economy. In an email interview with WPR, Bruno Binetti, a Buenos Aires-based research fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, discusses the many obstacles standing in the way of the deal’s successful implementation. 

Bruno Binetti

Interviews ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

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 ˙

A Requiem for UNASUR

The unraveling of UNASUR—perhaps the most ambitious attempt at Latin American integration in recent times—is another sign that Latin America’s much-vaunted solidarity has splintered.

Bruno Binetti, Ben Raderstorf

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Global Americans

Here’s How Venezuela Can Move Forward

It’s time for the leaders of the Caracas government and its opponents to begin negotiating a way back from the abyss.

Abraham Lowenthal

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

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Dilma’s Washington Visit

Her visit to Washington approaching, Dilma Rousseff finds herself confronted by diverse challenges.

Ben Raderstorf

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