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The Return of Latin America’s Military

Rebecca Bill Chavez warns in an article for the New York Times on that as we enter a global democratic recession, we must not ignore increasing trends of militarization in Latin America.

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ New York Times

IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld has called trade tensions “the greatest near-term threat to the world’s growth. // File Photo: IMF.

What Will It Take for Latin America to Pick Up Growth?

The IMF lowered its economic growth forecast for the region in July. Will the economy worsen this year, or will there be a turnaround?

Barbara Kotschwar, Alicia Bárcena, Alfredo Coutiño, Carlos de Sousa, Desmond Lachman

Latin America Advisor ˙

Orozco: ‘La idea de que Ortega permanezca hasta 2021 ya no es viable para nadie’

Desde el pasado 18 de abril, a consecuencia de una reforma al seguro social, el descontento popular ha escalado en Nicaragua. La respuesta del régimen del Presidente Daniel Ortega ha sido la represión y hasta ahora, alrededor de 300 muertos han sido reportados. Ante la violencia rampante, la comunidad internacional ha manifestado su preocupación y descontento. Manuel Orozco dio una entrevista acerca de los impactos que estas sanciones tendrán en Nicaragua, y de los posibles escenarios futuros en el conflicto.

Manuel Orozco, Roberto Fonseca L.

Interviews ˙ ˙ Estrategia y Negocios

Protesters have taken to the streets several times in recent months, including last month in the city of Masaya, pictured above. // File Photo: Alianza Cívica por la Defensa de Masaya.

Will Nicaragua Find a Resolution to its Political Crisis?

More than 300 people have died in Nicaragua since anti-government protests broke out in April. Will a resolution come?

Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Marie Arana, Francisco Cambpell, Christine Wade, Gavin Strong

Latin America Advisor ˙

Chinese Development Finance “Down But Not Out” in Latin America

Chinese investment and lending in the region declined last year, in part reflecting skittishness over the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. Despite the drop, Chinese state-to-state finance continues to outstrip the World Bank, IDB and CAF.

Margaret Myers, Kevin P. Gallagher

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The Global Americans

Chinese Finance to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017

China’s record of lending in LAC continues to surpass that of other banks, even though policy banks issued only $9 billion to the region in 2017.

Margaret Myers, Kevin Gallagher

Reports ˙ ˙ China-Latin America Finance Database

The Energy Solution Latin America Needs

If the region increases renewables to 80% of the electricity matrix and expands integration, countries can save billions of dollars in investments, avoid blackouts and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, argue Lisa Viscidi and Ariel Yépez.

Lisa Viscidi, Rigoberto Ariel Yépez-García

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

Outlook for Energy in the Western Hemisphere

Latin America faces many challenges in developing its energy resources and providing clean, affordable and reliable energy. With presidential elections in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia next year, there is considerable uncertainty about future energy policy, as potential candidates in these countries have presented widely varying energy and economic policy platforms.

Sawyer Thomas, Sergio Martinez Cotto

Event Summaries ˙

English Language Learning in Latin America

English proficiency is a critical tool for competitiveness in the global economy. How can governments implement effective English language learning policies and programs?

Ariel Fiszbein, Kathryn Cronquist

Clean Power in Latin America

As Latin America moves towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fulfilling its Paris commitments, it must also work to meet rapidly growing electricity demand, which is projected to almost double by 2040.

Zuleyma Alvarez, Sergio Espinosa

Event Summaries ˙

Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Agreement

President Donald Trump’s announcement on June 1 that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement was met with widespread dismay and fears that the decision would put the entire global agreement in peril.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

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

Reports ˙