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Argentina: Between Covid-19 and Default

On June 1, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “Argentina: Between Covid-19 and Default,” a webinar featuring Maria Victoria Murillo, Alfonso Prat-Gay, and Rodrigo Zarazaga. Michael Shifter moderated the event. The discussion focused on the political, economic, and social dimensions of the current situation in Argentina as the country has found itself in the middle of both a global pandemic and a massive debt negotiation.

Sarah Galbenski

Event Summaries ˙

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Latin American State Oil Companies and Climate Change: Decarbonization Strategies and Role in the Energy Transition

Latin American national oil companies (NOCs) have made important advances in slashing emissions from their operations through techniques such as reducing flaring, improving energy efficiency, and injecting CO2 for enhanced oil recovery, according to a new report by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Inter-American Development Bank. Yet, progress in producing lower carbon energy sources for consumers has been sluggish, no Latin American NOC has committed to net zero emissions, and for some companies emissions are on the rise, the report finds.

Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips, Paola Carvajal, Carlos Sucre

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Argentine President Alberto Fernández’s government is seeking debt relief in talks with international creditors. // File Photo: Argentine Government.

Will Argentina Be Able to Reach a Deal With its Creditors?

What are the major sticking points keeping Argentina and its international creditors from reaching a deal, and what needs to happen for the country to avoid a default on May 22?

Jorge Argüello, Kezia McKeague, Arturo Porzecanski, Horacio Verbitsky

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Gustau Alegret & Margaret Myers Video

China y la “diplomacia de mascarillas” en América Latina

En esta entrevista con NTN24, Margaret Myers habló sobre el rol crucial de China en el combate del coronavirus en Latinoamérica, así como la “diplomacia de mascarillas” o “mask diplomacy” impulsada por este país.

Margaret Myers, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Michael Shifter

Shifter: “Si los precios de las materias primas siguen muy bajos, Sudamérica va a sufrir un golpe muy fuerte”

El titular de una de las instituciones más antiguas de Washington habló con Infobae. Considera que Alberto Fernández tuvo una reacción “rápida y admirable” ante el coronavirus, pero alertó que la Argentina está frente a “una enorme crisis económica” y que la región corre el riesgo de que la emergencia erosione las instituciones democráticas.

Michael Shifter, Sergio Serrichio

Interviews ˙ ˙ Infobae

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Examining Implications of Covid-19 and Low Oil Prices for Latin American Energy

The recent oil price collapse, combined with the economic contraction resulting from measures to fight the global Covid-19 pandemic, will have extensive and largely unforetold impacts for Latin American energy markets and beyond. These implications include cuts to investment and delays to ongoing projects in both oil & gas and renewable energy, fiscal and broader economic constraints, and legal disputes, said panelists during a webinar held on April 1. 

Nate Graham

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Michael Shifter interviewed by Gustau Alegret for Cuestion de Poder Video

Shifter: deuda Argentina, visita de Lenín Moreno, Nayib Bukele y elecciones OEA

En esta entrevista para Cuestión de Poder, Michael Shifter y Gustau Alegret hablaron sobre la deuda de Argentina con el Fondo Monetario Internacional, la visita del presidente Lenín Moreno a Washington, la toma del presidente Nayib Bukele de la Asamblea con militares, las elecciones de la OEA, y la visita de Michael Shifter a la academia de Ciencias Sociales del Vaticano. 

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Latin America: The Political Outlook

What is the political outlook in Latin America?  Will Brazil’s Congress continue to govern independent of the erratic, but somewhat business-friendly President Jair Bolsonaro? Will Mexico’s nationalist-leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (popularly known as AMLO) try to extend his power? Will Argentina’s new president Alberto Fernandez govern independently of his vice president Cristina Kirchner? Will Colombia become a new Chile in terms of riots? What will happen in Chile this year? And will Peru be able to return to political stability? Michael Shifter discussed in this interview with Latinvex.

Michael Shifter, Christopher Sabatini , Joachim Bamrud

Interviews ˙ ˙ Latinvex

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Evo Morales en Argentina, elecciones en Bolivia e inflación argentina

Michael Shifter fue invitado a ‘Cuestión de Poder’ de NTN24, donde comentó sobre las declaraciones de Evo Morales en Argentina, las próximas elecciones bolivianas, y el rol de Alberto Fernández en la inflación argentina.

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Clean Energy Auctions in Latin America

Long-term power supply auctions are an increasingly popular instrument worldwide for attracting renewable energy investment while cutting prices, increasing energy security, and reducing emissions. Latin America has been at the forefront of using auctions to boost renewable energy capacity. This study analyzes design and outcomes of government-led long-term power auctions with participation from non-conventional renewable sources in six countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Jamaica) since 2015.

Lisa Viscidi, Ariel Yépez-García

Reports ˙ ˙ Inter-American Development Bank

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

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