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The Pressure on Venezuela's National Assembly

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:21

The Pressure on Venezuela's National Assembly

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, January 15, 2020

There are a lot of turning points in Venezuela’s descent into crisis. But one date looms over ongoing struggles between Nicolás Maduro and the opposition: December 6, 2015. That was the day of the last legislative elections, arguably the last time Venezuela held a mostly democratic vote. In those elections, the opposition—represented by a coalition known as the Democratic Unity Roundtable (or MUD)—won a two-thirds supermajority.

Here are three ways the Maduro government has moved to undercut the opposition-controlled legislature.

January-April 2020 Culture Calendar

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:22

January-April 2020 Culture Calendar

Communications MaterialsTuesday, January 14, 2020

See what music and visual arts events are taking place at Americas Society in Winter 2020.

Read the January-April 2020 Culture Calendar (PDF).

See what music and visual arts events are taking place at Americas Society in Winter 2020.

LatAm in Focus: What's on the Docket for Latin America in 2020?

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 09:46

LatAm in Focus: What's on the Docket for Latin America in 2020?

PodcastsCarin ZissisTuesday, January 14, 2020

Latin America Risk Report’s James Bosworth and AS/COA’s Carin Zissis look at where the region stands as another decade starts.

PRI: Guillermo Zubillaga on Why Juan Guaido Represents "A Big Hope"

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:06

PRI: Guillermo Zubillaga on Why Juan Guaidó Represents "A Big Hope"

PodcastsMonday, January 6, 2020

"I don't think that Guaidó has been terminally defeated," said the head of the AS/COA Venezuela Working Group.

"What occurred [Sunday] was a sham," said the head of the AS/COA Venezuela Working Group.

AS/COA Insider: Eric Farnsworth on Venezuela's Chaotic Moment

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:07

AS/COA Insider: Eric Farnsworth on Venezuela's Chaotic Moment

Viewpoints AmericasMonday, January 6, 2020

Venezuela already has two men who claim to be president. By the end of January 5, it had two men who claimed to be the head of Congress. AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth breaks down Sunday’s events and looks ahead to more turmoil expected to come.

The chaos is part of Nicolás Maduro’s strategy to keep the opposition on its heels and to consolidate power, says the AS/COA vice president in this Q&A.

AS/COA Online's 2019 Trending Topics

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 15:38

AS/COA Online's 2019 Trending Topics

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisThursday, December 19, 2019

What did our readers want to know more about this year? From elections to the economy, we share a roundup of the most popular content.

What did our readers want to know more about this year? From elections to the economy, we share a roundup of the most popular content.

A Few of Our Favorite Things in 2019

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 17:37

A Few of Our Favorite Things in 2019 

Hemispheric UpdatesThursday, December 19, 2019

If we’ve learned one thing from the last few tumultuous years, it’s important to step away from the news and take in the remarkable creative and cultural artifacts that capture Latin America today. Here are a books, films, albums, and other items AS/COA staff enjoyed in 2019. 

Books

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems, by David Bowles (Young Adult). 
Via Kirkus Reviews:

From a book of cross-border children’s poetry to a Quechua-language film to a “gloriously demented” Brazilian Western, here’s what we enjoyed this year.

Interview: Clearing Up Cybercrime Legislation

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 12:40

Interview: Clearing Up Cybercrime Legislation

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, December 17, 2019

A clear lack of legislation regarding cyberattacks is a concern for companies around the world. But rather than wait for legislation to be implemented, CFOs must be a step ahead in terms of budgeting and using the right technology to tackle cybercrime.

On top of that, they are also looking for the best technologies to improve company processes and leverage the increasing availability of data to improve their company’s forecasts and create value.

Legislation that precisely defines what cybercrime and data loss are will allow for better enforcement, says José Iván Jaramillo Vallejo, CFO of Red de Energía del Perú.

LatAm in Focus: The Role of Chilean Women in a New Constitution

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:14

LatAm in Focus: The Role of Chilean Women in a New Constitution  

PodcastsLuisa HorwitzFriday, December 13, 2019

Constitutional lawyer Claudia Sarmiento explains why Chileans have been out on the streets demanding a new constitution and how gender plays into the social movement.

Chart: The State of Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 12:19

Chart: The State of Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, December 12, 2019

Latin American democracies have been heaving in 2019. Chileans kicked off a wave of protests this fall and are discussing how to rewrite their constitution in the coming year. Peruvians will hold early congressional elections in the new year after a constitutional showdown between the executive and legislative branches at the beginning of October.

The region is home to some resilient democracies.

Venezuela's Refugee Crisis Demands Coordinated Action

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 17:11

Venezuela's Refugee Crisis Demands Coordinated Action

Articles & Op-EdsFriday, December 6, 2019

The latest UN estimates show that 4.3m Venezuelans have left the country since 2014, a figure set to rise to 5m by the end of the year. Venezuelans are being driven into exile by a lack of basic foods and medicines and a breakdown in basic social services.

However, of the $738m requested of national governments and private donors by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to assist migrant-receiving countries in Latin America, a mere $175m has been forthcoming...

"Multilateral development organizations should step forward and take the lead," AS/COA's chairman emeritus co-writes about the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis in Financial Times.

#PeruCOA 2019 Recap: Infrastructure and Growth in Peru

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:00

#PeruCOA 2019 Recap: Infrastructure and Growth in Peru

Program SummariesFriday, December 6, 2019

Speakers in Lima highlighted the country’s solid economic performance and the importance of focusing on an expert execution of the National Infrastructure Plan. 

In a Season of Discontent, Are Latin American Democracies at Risk?

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 09:48

In a Season of Discontent, Are Latin American Democracies at Risk?

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthFriday, December 6, 2019

A season of discontent has descended across Latin America, where economies have stalled, politics have become more polarized and poisonous, and millions of newly middle-class citizens have begun to wonder whether they will be able to hold on to their hard-won gains. Sparked by a stolen election here, an increase in the price of gasoline or subway fares there, people from Ecuador to Chile to Bolivia and now Colombia have spilled into the streets angry with their leaders.

As Western investors grow tepid due to Latin American unrest, the region’s leaders might turn to China in “a somewhat Faustian bargain,” writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth in World Politics Review.

#PeruCOA 2019 Resumen: Infraestructura y crecimiento en el Perú

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:32

#PeruCOA 2019 Resumen: Infraestructura y crecimiento en el Perú 

Program SummariesThursday, December 5, 2019

Oradores en Lima subrayaron el sólido desempeño económico del país y la importancia de enfocarse en una ágil implementación del Plan Nacional de Infraestructura.

LatAm in Focus: President AMLO's Scorecard One Year In

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:25

LatAm in Focus: President AMLO's Scorecard One Year In

PodcastsCarin ZissisTuesday, December 3, 2019

Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador is riding a wave of high approval. Pollster Jorge Buendía and IMCO’s Alexandra Zapata explain what could challenge that popularity.

#CouncilARG 2019 Resumen: Argentina - Perspectivas económicas y políticas

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:24

#CouncilARG 2019 Resumen: Argentina – Perspectivas económicas y políticas

Program SummariesTuesday, December 3, 2019

Durante los días previos a la transición presidencial, actuales y entrantes miembros del Congreso y de la presidencia se encontraron en Buenos Aires para hablar del futuro de Argentina.

#CouncilARG 2019 Recap: Argentina - Economic and Political Perspectives

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:36

#CouncilARG 2019 Recap: Argentina – Economic and Political Perspectives

Program SummariesTuesday, December 3, 2019

Jorge Luis Di Fiori of the Chamber of Commerce and Services of Argentina opened AS/COA’s sixteenth annual Latin American Cities Conference in Buenos Aires by stressing the need for ongoing training in the labor force, as well as the fact that development requires solidifying institutions, as well as revitalizing a culture of work and ethical values.

Days before a presidential transition, current and incoming members of Congress and the presidential administrations convened in Buenos Aires to talk about Argentina’s outlook.

AS/COA Insider: Juan Cruz Díaz on What Lacalle Pou’s Victory Means for Uruguay

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:11

AS/COA Insider: Juan Cruz Díaz on What Lacalle Pou’s Victory Means for Uruguay

Viewpoints AmericasMonday, December 2, 2019

It was a photo finish so close—with just 30,000 votes separating the two candidates in preliminary counts—that it took four days to call the election. But on November 28, Luis Lacalle Pou of the center-right Partido Nacional claimed victory in Uruguay’s runoff presidential vote. Daniel Martínez of the Broad Front, the coalition now in power for 15 years, conceded.

The special advisor to AS/COA explains why the center-right candidate won the tight runoff and how the outcome affects the region.

Lula (otra vez) en el centro de atencion

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 11:15

Lula (otra vez) en el centro de atención

Articles & Op-EdsBrian WinterWednesday, November 27, 2019

Los últimos 30 años de la historia brasileña podrían describirse como un largo psicodrama que involucra a Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Desde las elecciones presidenciales de 1989, que Lula casi ganó, la política ha girado en torno al carismático exlíder sindical. Su presidencia (2003-2010) transformó Brasil; su encarcelamiento en el 2018 lo polarizó profundamente. Y ahora, su liberación de la cárcel ha suscitado dudas sobre lo que sigue y si se ha convertido nuevamente en el centro de gravedad.

“Si Bolsonaro continúa disfrutando de un grado de éxito, incluso parcial...no dejará mucho oxígeno para Lula”, escribe Brian Winter, vicepresidente de AS/COA, en El Comercio

AS/COA Insider: Carin Zissis on AMLO's First Year

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 14:51

AS/COA Insider: Carin Zissis on AMLO's First Year

Viewpoints AmericasTuesday, November 26, 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, marks one year in office on December 1. AMLO’s Fourth Transformation of Mexico project faces tough hurdles, from the country’s rising homicide rate to a stagnant economy. AS/COA Online Editor-in-Chief Carin Zissis, based in Mexico City, comments the president’s first year and how, despite tough challenges, the president has managed to keep his approval ratings high—thus far.

“We are still very far away from seeing what the results will be,” says AS/COA Online’s editor-in-chief as Mexico’s president faces security and economic challenges.

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