Latin America’s Oil Sector

Despite its prodigious petroleum reserves, many countries in Latin America are experiencing declining production. What explains the paradox?

Timothy Stackhouse

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A Crucial Moment for Venezuela

Protests over the past two months have resulted in 41 deaths, over 650 injured, and hundreds more imprisoned.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ La Tercera

Trump and Latin American Energy: The Costs of Cutting Ties

Cuts to Washington’s energy engagement could undermine the connections that help support U.S.–Latin American cooperation on issues from security to immigration. When it comes to weakening energy integration in the Americas, there are few winners.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

A Time for Action

Latin America inequality gap, economic integration, and infrastructure and education systems were among the issues spotlighted at the XVII Annual CAF Conference.

Mary Dempsey

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Prospects for an Uncertain Future

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro is struggling to manage a deteriorating political and economic situation.

Amanda Mitchell

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Chavez, No Longer Such a Strongman

Chavez’s illness and physical limitations will inevitably compound his already serious political problems in Venezuela.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ PODER360

A Year with a High Dose of Elections

In 2012, three presidential elections – in Mexico, Venezuela, and the United States – could alter the political map and relations in the Americas.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Colombiano

How Critical Is China’s Lifeline to Venezuela?

Unrepaid loans and rising levels of insecurity in Venezuela may mean that the country cannot receive additional significant loans or investment from China in the near future, The Wall Street Journal reported Sept. 11. How important a lifeline is Chinese financing to Venezuela, and what will happen to Venezuela if China holds off on additional financing to the country?

Latin America Advisor ˙

Santos: A Different Gamble with Chavez?

On August 7, an important chapter in Colombian-Venezuelan relations that has coincided with the presidencies of Alvaro Uribe and Hugo Chavez will come to an end. These last eight years have been a rollercoaster, with moments of great tension but also occasional pragmatism.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Colombiano

Does the U.S. Have a Place in Resolving Venezuela’s Crisis?

Following a meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the signing of peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group, Maduro said a top U.S. diplomat would soon visit Caracas in order to jointly explore easing tensions between the two countries. Has Maduro experienced a change of heart toward the United States?

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Economic Outlook in the Andes

Forecasts indicate trouble may be on the horizon for the Andean countries. Commodity prices have leveled off and the days of double-digit growth in China seem to have ended.

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What Would Happen if Chávez Couldn’t Finish His Term?

Is there a real risk that the political and social situation in Venezuela could turn chaotic as a result of Chávez’s illness?

Michael Shifter, Jesus Ugalde, Maria Eugenia Venegas, Yolanda Rojas at the CCAD-GTD and CECC/SICA event in San Jose Costa Rica., Julia Buxton