Analysis

In the Crossfire: Latin America and U.S.-China Competition

A protracted trade war is expected to have lasting effects on the region’s economies. The IMF estimates slowing global growth in 2019, including in third markets, based on large part US-China trade tensions. Ongoing economic uncertainty could also weaken Latin American currencies if populations there invest in US dollars to avoid the effects of local currency devaluation.

Margaret Myers

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Latin Trade

The Chinese container ship CSCL Venus is pictured above. // File Photo: Buonasera via Creative Commons.

How Are Trade Tensions Affecting Supply Chains?

How are escalating U.S.-China trade tensions affecting global supply chains and the role of Latin American and Caribbean nations in them?

Guillermo Malpica, Riley Walters, Andrew Rudman, Fernando de Mateo

Latin America Advisor ˙

Five Ways Spain Can Lead on Venezuela

Over the past two weeks, Spain has become an accidental protagonist in the diplomatic efforts to end Venezuela’s crises.  The good news is that Spain is well-positioned to lead the effort to restore democracy in Venezuela. The bad news is that the Spanish government is deeply conflicted about what to do. But there are five clear ways that Spain can demonstrate that the democratic cause in Venezuela is not just a guise for U.S. adventurism. 

Irene Estefanía González, Ben Raderstorf

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Americas Quarterly

Factory workers in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, are pictured above. // File Photo: Mexican Government.

How Can Latin America Become More Productive?

What are the reasons behind the region’s persistently low productivity rates, and what can it do to reverse this trend?

Alicia Bárcena, Jaana Remes, Welby Leaman, Matteo Grazzi

Latin America Advisor ˙

Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region

The largest tropical rainforest on the planet, the Amazon plays a critical role as a storehouse of carbon and mediator of the global water cycle and holds a greater share of the world’s known biodiversity than any other ecosystem. However, unchecked development is placing the Amazon under threat, pushing deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the region.

Matt Piotrowski, Enrique Ortiz

Reports ˙

Poverty is on the rise in countries facing economic recession such as Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, Nora Lustig writes below. // File Photo: Argentine Government.

What More Can Latin America Do to Reduce Poverty?

What factors are shaping extreme poverty rates in the region, and how should governments confront this challenge?

Jaana Remes, Nora Lustig, Claudio Loser, Camilo Arriagada Luco

Latin America Advisor ˙

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

President Donald Trump’s decision last month to increase sanctions on Cuba represents a strategic error with serious long-term repercussions for U.S. national security.

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

File Photo: @jguaido via Twitter.

Who Has the Upper Hand in Venezuela Now?

What happened on April 30 in Venezuela, and did Maduro or Guaidó come out stronger?

Steve Ellner, Raúl Stolk, Kevin Ivers, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Jennifer McCoy

Latin America Advisor ˙

Video

Energy Resource Development in Latin America

The development of energy resources is an integral component of many of Latin America’s economies, from established producers like Colombia and Brazil to newcomers to the global energy market like freshly oil-rich Guyana. However, policymakers and energy companies throughout the region must devise solutions to a variety of fiscal, political, social, and environmental hurdles to ensure successful and sustainable projects, explained speakers at an Inter-American Dialogue event on May 10.

Nate Graham

Event Summaries ˙