Analysis

Ambassador Dialogues: Ecuador & the United States

On May 3, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted Ecuador’s Ambassador to the US, Francisco Carrión, and US Ambassador to Ecuador, Todd C. Chapman, for the first edition of Ambassador Dialogues.

Beryl Seiler

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Ecuador’s Surprising Transition

On February 12, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted César Montúfar for an open discussion, moderated by Michael Shifter, about Ecuador’s current political climate. Montúfar is an academic, former member of Congress, a prominent political analyst, and the primary accuser in a recent trial against former vice-president Jorge Glas.

Martín Rodriguez Nuñez

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Presidencía de la República del Ecuador

Lenín Moreno’s High-Wire Act

Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has maneuvered to break with his predecessor, Rafael Correa, and a legacy tinged with authoritarianism and corruption.

Michael Shifter, Ben Raderstorf

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

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Congressional Testimony: Energy Opportunities in South America

Lisa Viscidi, Director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on the subject of “Energy Opportunities in Latin America.”

Lisa Viscidi

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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

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Oil and Commodities: The End of the “Age of Abundance”

Across Latin America, the sustained decline in global oil prices has had a profound impact on economic growth, political stability and the viability of resource nationalism – when governments assert more control over the nation’s natural resources.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Reports ˙ ˙ Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Nationalization & Its Discontents: Low Oil Prices & Latin America

As global oil prices collapsed over the last two years, regional governments have started to lose their leverage in the energy industry. To attract international investors, they must offer increasingly favorable terms, which means ceding more of their own control.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

China’s Strategy in Brazil & the Southern Cone

What does China stand to gain from investing in Latin America’s energy projects? Where is China looking next in the region?

Lisa Viscidi, Margaret Myers, Chris Noon

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Interfax

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China-LAC: Enduring Challenges

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

Margaret Myers

Interviews ˙ ˙ Hunton & Williams

Democracy & the Rule of Law in Ecuador

Although originally elected democratically, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has used authoritarian tactics to maintain power.

Scott Odell

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The Political Crisis in Ecuador: A Conversation with José Miguel Insulza

At the Inter-American Dialogue, José Miguel Insulza described the events of September 30, in which Ecuadoran police brought the country to a standstill after they rioted and trapped President Rafael Correa in a Quito hospital for several hours.

Bridget O'Loughlin

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