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13 Numbers That Tell the Story of Venezuela's Crisis

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:53

13 Numbers That Tell the Story of Venezuela's Crisis

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, February 13, 2019

The stories coming out of Venezuela as it faces crises of all types—political, economic, humanitarian—can at times seem otherworldly. Here are 13 numbers that help make tangible what the country is going through.

1.1 million

Nicolás Maduro’s government is running out of cash and fuel—and fast.

LatAm in Focus: Cuba's New Constitution and 60 Years of the Revolution

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:50

LatAm in Focus: Cuba's New Constitution and 60 Years of the Revolution

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, February 12, 2019

What will change after the February 24 referendum and to what degree does President Díaz-Canel represent continuity of the Castro era?

Interview: "Behavioral finance is here to stay"

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:51

Interview: "Behavioral finance is here to stay"

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, February 12, 2019

Disruptive technologies and changing dynamics in the regional and global economy are among the many things a CFO has to keep track of to steer the finances of a company.

How will they affect the role of a financial executive? Why is behavioral finance in the future of a CFO’s decision-making?

Christian Costa, CFO at Paraguayan telecommunications firm Personal, a unit of Núcleo, explains these and other aspects of the constantly evolving work of a financial executive.

Christian Costa, CFO of Paraguayan telecoms company Personal, talks about microsegmentation, change management, blockchain, and more.

Who's on First, What Comes Next?

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 11:11

Who's on First, What Comes Next?

PodcastsFriday, February 8, 2019

"People whose sole goal in life is to gain and maintain power can remain in power for a long time," says AS/COA VP Eric Farnsworth about Nicolás Maduro on CSIS Americas' 35 West podcast.

"People whose sole goal in life is to gain and maintain power can remain in power for a long time," says AS/COA VP Eric Farnsworth about Nicolás Maduro on CSIS Americas' 35 West podcast.

Venezuela's Healthcare Crisis Needs Emergency Attention

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:16

Venezuela's Healthcare Crisis Needs Emergency Attention

Articles & Op-EdsFriday, February 8, 2019

There is an unparalleled humanitarian emergency in Venezuela, one that has been recognised by multiple international organisations.

Since the collapse of its oil-rich economy in 2014, the country has struggled to raise hard currency. The government is abandoning one of its two official foreign exchange rates, which had been used for food and medicine imports. The IMF predicts inflation could reach 10m per cent this year and estimates the economy will shrink by at least 18 per cent.

Multilateral organizations should step in to prevent collapse, write AS/COA Chairman Emeritus William R. Rhodes and Health Pioneers Chief Executive Cristina Valencia in the Financial Times.

Meet the New Nafta

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:10

Meet the New Nafta

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthWednesday, October 10, 2018

North America is holding together. After the dramatic announcement on September 30, 2018, that Canada and the United States have settled very difficult, long-standing issues, the path is clear to sign a trilateral trade agreement, along with Mexico, prior to the inauguration of the new President of Mexico on December 1. 

"Even

LatAm in Focus: What's Next in Venezuela's Tug of War?

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 16:58

LatAm in Focus: What's Next in Venezuela's Tug of War?

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, February 5, 2019

“We have not really exhausted the diplomatic channels,” says Guillermo Zubillaga, head of the AS/COA Venezuela Working Group.

Bukele Breaks El Salvador's Two-Party Hold on Power

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 17:11

Bukele Breaks El Salvador's Two-Party Hold on Power 

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezMonday, February 4, 2019

Learn about what the 37-year-old former mayor plans to do as president.

Latin America and the U.S.-China Agenda

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 15:29

Latin America and the U.S.-China Agenda

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, January 28, 2019

At their most recent meeting during the G20 in Argentina, Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping had the opportunity to discuss a number of flashpoints and issues for cooperation. As expected, they focused on the bilateral economic agenda and paused, at least temporarily, the upward ratchet of mutually-directed punitive tariffs. They also had an opportunity to discuss issues of concern in the Americas, particularly Venezuela, but do not appear to have addressed them in any meaningful manner.

Regular dialogue "should not be an afterthought but rather a priority on both nations' regional agendas," writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in China-US Focus.

Venezuela’s Downward Spiral

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:04

Venezuela's Downward Spiral

Articles & Op-EdsFriday, April 28, 2017

Venezuela is a nation on the brink of social and economic collapse.  In late March, a heavy-handed coup attempt by the regime-directed Supreme Court sought to remove the last vestiges of authority from the democratically-elected opposition legislature.  The attempt was partially reversed after its immediate and vocal rejection by the hemispheric community, but the removal of the final veneer of the government’s claim to democratic legitimacy has energized massive street protests in Caracas and elsewhere around the country.  The regime has met these protests with a show of force and vows to

"The patience of long-suffering Venezuelans appears to be running out," writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in HuffPost.

What's Happening in Venezuela? A Resource Guide

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 14:16

What's Happening in Venezuela? A Resource Guide

GuidesThursday, January 24, 2019

To request an interview with an AS/COA expert, contact Pia Fuentealba: mediarelations@as-coa.org | +1-212-277-8333

At a rally in Caracas on January 23 and citing the Venezuelan Constitution, Speaker of Congress Juan Guaidó administered the oath of office to himself to become interim president of Venezuela. Hear from AS/COA experts and check out resources about the moment and all that’s led to it.

Poll Tracker: El Salvador's 2019 Presidential Election

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 13:07

Poll Tracker: El Salvador's 2019 Presidential Election

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, January 24, 2019

Latin America’s 2019 election calendar kicks off in El Salvador. The Central American country votes for president and vice president on February 3. Outgoing President Salvador Sánchez Cerén’s approval rating sits at around 26 percent, and his Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party lost ground in last year’s legislative and municipal elections.

Can Nayib Bukele win outright on February 3? That’s the big question—and the result is not a given.

Interview: With New Technology, Test before You Invest

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 17:28

Interview: With New Technology, Test before You Invest

Exclusive InterviewsWednesday, January 23, 2019

While it’s important to implement new technologies in the financial department of a company, they should be thoroughly analyzed and chosen for what each one can bring the best results to the business, rather than just implementing a new technology because it is fashionable.

Be proactive to look for new solutions but don’t feel like you have to jump on the technological bandwagon, says Alonso Botero of the Colombian pharmaceutical firm Tecnoquímicas.

LatAm in Focus: How Healthy Is Democracy in Latin America?

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:50

LatAm in Focus: How Healthy Is Democracy in Latin America?

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, January 17, 2019

Steven Levitsky, co-author of How Democracies Die, talks about Brazil’s election, strategies for the Venezuelan opposition, and the lack of female authoritarians.

2019 Latin American Elections: A Preview

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:31

2019 Latin American Elections: A Preview

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, January 9, 2019

Though the dust from last year’s electoral juggernaut in Latin America has barely settled, the region is gearing up once again for a full year of elections. Six countries in Central and South America elect new presidents in 2019. Elsewhere in the Americas, Justin Trudeau will be vying for a second term as prime minister when Canada holds federal elections on October 21.

AS/COA Online takes a look at upcoming presidential races in Argentina, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay.

Chart: Latin America's 2019 Economic Outlook

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:30

Chart: Latin America's 2019 Economic Outlook

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, January 10, 2019

What does 2019 have in store for Latin America’s economy? More uncertainty. A December report from the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) warns that deteriorating financial conditions, global trade tensions such as the U.S.-China trade war, and a drop in crude oil prices will affect the economic prospects of emerging markets across the board. That said, Latin America’s GDP growth is expected to improve, from an estimated 1.2 percent in 2018 to 1.7 percent in 2019.

The region’s GDP is expected to grow 1.7 percent but uncertainty looms, given global trade tensions, an oil-price drop, and other factors affecting emerging markets.

Tracking the First 100 Days of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 17:29

Tracking the First 100 Days of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Articles & Op-EdsElizabeth GonzalezLuisa LemeFriday, January 4, 2019

On October 28, Jair Bolsonaro’s decisive victory shifted Brazil to the right when he broke the Workers’ Party electoral winning streak. A pro-gun former army captain and Social Liberal Party (PSL) congressman, he won with pledges to crack down on crime and corruption, a rejection of the status quo, and nostalgia for the country’s military rule.

AS/COA Online offers regular updates on the course charted by the new administration in Latin America’s largest country.

A Few of Our Favorite Things in 2018

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:22

A Few of Our Favorite Things in 2018

Hemispheric UpdatesWednesday, December 19, 2018

From films to books to GIFs, here’s what Americas Society/Council of the Americas staff enjoyed outside of work in 2018.

Film and TV

From films to books to GIFs, here’s what Americas Society/Council of the Americas staff enjoyed outside of work.

Interview: Why a Strategic, Wider Vision Is More Important than Numbers

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 12:39

Interview: Why a Strategic, Wider Vision Is More Important than Numbers

Exclusive InterviewsMonday, December 17, 2018

From seeking ways to optimize processes, to helping understand what is happening in the markets, the recommendations and decisions of a financial executive are a key element to staying competitive.

In this interview, Claudia Guzmán, finance director at Baker McKenzie Colombia, shares her experience in the role of a financial executive on topics including cybersecurity, technology, and innovation.

Q: What are you doing in terms of innovation and technology at Baker McKenzie?

Claudia Guzmán, finance director at Baker McKenzie Colombia, talks about the skills a CFO of today should have in her or his toolkit.

Update: Venezuela's Dwindling Diplomatic Ties

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:04

Update: Venezuela's Dwindling Diplomatic Ties

Hemispheric UpdatesBrian HarperFriday, December 14, 2018

Nicolás Maduro has mostly lost friends since assuming Venezuela’s presidency in 2013. It’s about to get worse.

Venezuela’s diplomatic relations are straining to a breaking point as Nicolás Maduro prepares to begin a new term on January 10, 2019.

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