Market Tailwinds and Political Headwinds for Latin American Energy

2018 has been a year marked by great political uncertainty for Latin American energy markets. Oil prices are up, creating strong incentives for investment, rising US natural gas exports are creating a new source of flexible, cheaper energy for Latin American consumers, and the cost of wind and solar energy is declining dramatically. However, Latin America continues to face uncertainty in energy policy as new governments take office in many countries and geopolitical tensions between the US and China are on the rise. With many questions on the table, government officials, corporate representatives, and analysts gathered on October 25 at the Inter-American Dialogue to assess the future of energy policy in the Western Hemisphere.

Nate Graham, Amy Iverson, Chris Kambhu

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Colombian President Iván Duque is cracking down on possession of illegal drugs in public. // File Photo: Colombian Government.

Is Duque Pursuing the Right Anti-Drug Policies?

Will Colombia’s new policies under President Iván Duque curb drug trade and consumption?

Maria Velez de Berliner, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Hannah Hetzer, Barry R. McCaffrey, Vanda Felbab-Brown

Latin America Advisor ˙

Los desafíos del nuevo Presidente de Colombia

Catalina Botero, abogada y decana de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Los Andes y Michael Camilleri, director del programa Peter D. Bell de estado de derecho, analizan los retos a los que se enfrentará el gobierno de Ivan Duque y el estado del país que ha heredado.

Michael Camilleri, Catalina Botero

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica

A Foreign Policy Full of Challenges

The new Colombian government outlined an ambitious domestic agenda that calls for jumpstarting the economy, consolidating the peace, and promoting social justice. The success of this agenda will depend on many factors, among them how Ivan Duque manages the many foreign policy challenges he will face in a world marked by great uncertainty.  

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Semana

Shifter: Maduro “está jugando con fuego” al acusar a Colombia de intentar matarlo

Cuando el presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro, señaló a su par colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, en el supuesto intento de asesinarlo el sábado, la ya desgastada relación entre sus países entró en una nueva fase imprevisible. Michael Shifter sostiene que Duque deberá ensayar un equilibrio difícil para evitar una escalada peligrosa de tensiones con Caracas.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ BBC


Duque’s Peace? Colombia’s New President and the Future of the Peace Process

On June 28, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event titled “Duque’s Peace? Colombia’s New President and the Future of the Peace Process” featuring photos from the series “Peace Football Club” by the World Press Photo Exhibition. The speakers discussed the implications of Ivan Duque’s election on the future of the country’s peace process.

Anna Egas

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