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Interview: On Vulnerabilities, Productivity, and Robotics

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:19

Interview: On Vulnerabilities, Productivity, and Robotics

Exclusive InterviewsMonday, August 19, 2019

Having state-of-the-art systems to protect against cyberattacks is all very well and good, but they can be useless unless they are accompanied by proper training and awareness among employees about the types of cybercrimes and vulnerabilities.

One of the most important defenses against cybercrime is an informed user, says Marcos Mohacsi, CFO of ACCO Brasil (Tilibra).

PASO Results: Who Will Compete for Argentina's Presidency?

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:28

PASO Results: Who Will Compete for Argentina's Presidency?

Hemispheric UpdatesLuisa HorwitzWednesday, August 14, 2019

Six tickets made it past the primary to vie for the presidency. The first round takes place October 27.

Six tickets made it past the primary to vie for the presidency. The first round takes place October 27.

Explainer: Uruguay's 2019 Presidential Election

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 17:49

Explainer: Uruguay's 2019 Presidential Election

ExplainersLuisa HorwitzLuisa LemeWednesday, August 14, 2019

With the primary behind Uruguayans, here’s a look at who’s in the running and other issues coming up in the October 27 vote. 

Guatemala's 2019 Runoff Vote: Giammattei Wins Presidency

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:43

Guatemala’s 2019 Runoff Vote: Giammattei Wins Presidency

Hemispheric UpdatesPaola NagovitchMonday, August 12, 2019

Conservative Alejandro Giammattei beat Sandra Torres in a runoff amid low voter turnout to replace Jimmy Morales.

Latin America Was Making Progress Fighting Corruption. Now Impunity Is Roaring Back.

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:55

Latin America Was Making Progress Fighting Corruption. Now Impunity Is Roaring Back.

Articles & Op-EdsBrendan O'BoyleBrian WinterFriday, August 9, 2019

Five years ago, everything changed in Latin America — or so it seemed.

"The risk is that the region will return to a status quo," write AS/COA's Brendan O'Boyle and Brian Winter in The Washington Post

Poll Update: Argentina's 2019 Presidential Primary

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 22:31

Poll Update: Argentina's 2019 Presidential Primary

InfographicsLuisa HorwitzThursday, August 8, 2019

Nine candidates are competing in the August 11 primary, known as the PASO, but pollsters put rivals Alberto Fernández and Mauricio Macri well ahead of the others.

Colombia's Ivan Duque Marks One Year in Office

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 14:12

Colombia's Iván Duque Marks One Year in Office

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, August 7, 2019

Colombian President Iván Duque marked one year in office on August 7. The president, who turned 43 at the beginning of the month, didn’t get much of a honeymoon period during his first year as he fended challenges from all sides—even from within his own party.

His first year was no cake walk, given congressional roadblocks and turbulent Washington ties. But there are bright spots as well. AS/COA Online takes a look. 

3 Things to Know ahead of Guatemala's Presidential Runoff

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 18:11

3 Things to Know ahead of Guatemala's Presidential Runoff

Hemispheric UpdatesPaola NagovitchTuesday, August 6, 2019

Sandra Torres and Alejandro Giammattei will face off in an August 11 runoff with an expected low voter turnout and amid an immigration deal with Washington.

Haiti Update: Protests and Parliamentary Challenges Confront President

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:48

Haiti Update: Protests and Parliamentary Challenges Confront President

Hemispheric UpdatesLuisa HorwitzWednesday, July 31, 2019

Two years into his presidency, Jovenel Moïse of Haiti remains unable to temper political and social instability, given chronic frustrations with the government and over corruption allegations. Moïse, whose term is scheduled to end in 2022, pledged to serve the remainder of his term but the odds are not exactly in his favor: just a quarter of Haiti’s 45 presidents completed full terms.

Just over two years in, Jovenel Moïse faces ongoing unrest as he seeks to usher through confirmation of what would be his fourth prime minister. 

VOA: Eric Farnsworth, "This is no longer just a Venezuela crisis, it is now a regional crisis"

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:16

VOA: Eric Farnsworth, "This Is No Longer Just a Venezuela Crisis, It Is Now a Regional Crisis"

PodcastsFriday, July 26, 2019

"To have the once wealthiest nation in the region become a basket case is a huge tragedy," AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth told Encounter, a Voice of America podcast.

"To have the once wealthiest nation in the region become a basket case is a huge tragedy," AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth told Encounter, a Voice of America podcast.

Puerto Rico's Governor Resigns

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 14:46

Puerto Rico's Governor Resigns

Hemispheric UpdatesPaola NagovitchThursday, July 25, 2019

Late on Wednesday, after weeks of protests and political tensions, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló finally addressed the island and, after spending the bulk of his time on camera noting the achievements of his two and a half years in office, abruptly announced he was resigning and signed off.

Ricardo Rosselló resigned after two weeks of island-wide unrest, but the unrest is far from over as protesters focus their message on Washington.

LatAm in Focus: What's Keeping Brazil from Being Free?

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 14:38

LatAm in Focus: What's Keeping Brazil from Being Free?

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, July 25, 2019

Curators of Walls of Air: The Brazilian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale talk about how mapping contemporary Brazil can influence urban development today.

Poll Update: Guatemala's 2019 Presidential Runoff

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 11:44

Poll Update: Guatemala's 2019 Presidential Runoff

InfographicsPaola NagovitchTuesday, July 23, 2019

Alejandro Giammattei leads Sandra Torres in polling ahead of the August 11 runoff to replace Jimmy Morales.

LatAm in Focus: Explaining Mexico's National Guard

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:39

LatAm in Focus: Explaining Mexico's National Guard

PodcastsCarin ZissisWednesday, July 17, 2019

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated a new force to tackle runaway violence. UCSD’s Cecilia Farfán-Méndez covers what is—and isn’t—new about the National Guard.

Puerto Rico's Governor Faces Pressure to Resign amid Scandals

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:39

Puerto Rico's Governor Faces Pressure to Resign amid Scandals

Hemispheric UpdatesPaola NagovitchTuesday, July 16, 2019

Puerto Rico had a turbulent week: FBI arrests, a profane group chat, firings and resignations, and escalating protests. The island’s latest political crisis, however, is just beginning as hundreds of Puerto Ricans take to the streets to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

The island entered into a new crisis after the FBI arrested former officials tied to a scandal and outcry over a leaked chat involving Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

LatAm in Focus: Can the Bolsonaro Government Fix Brazil's Economy?

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 16:49

LatAm in Focus: Can the Bolsonaro Government Fix Brazil's Economy? 

PodcastsLuisa LemeWednesday, July 10, 2019

The Peterson Institute’s Monica de Bolle takes stock of the outlook six months into the new president’s term. 

Explainer: Presidential Tickets in Argentina's 2019 Election

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 14:42

Explainer: Presidential Tickets in Argentina's 2019 Election

ExplainersLuisa HorwitzTuesday, July 9, 2019

After much speculation over who would be on the official ballots, Argentina’s 2019 election cycle is moving forward, with the deadlines for candidate and party alliance registration closed and the candidate lists published on June 24. Overall, nine tickets are in the race. AS/COA Online profiles the frontrunners and those who may have the greatest impact on the outcome.

How is President Macri polling? And with whom is ex-President Fernández de Kirchner sharing the electoral ticket? AS/COA Online takes a look.

 

Viewpoint: Three Areas Shaping AMLO's Presidency a Year after His Win

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 11:54

Viewpoint: Three Areas Shaping AMLO's Presidency a Year after His Win

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisWednesday, July 3, 2019

It’s been a year since Andrés Manuel López Obrador won an electoral victory so decisive that it was likened to a tsunami. Changes started before he took office, from the cancelation of a massive infrastructure project—an international airport outside the capital—to promises of others, such as a train slated to carve through the Yucatán and an oil refinery in his home state. At his December 1 inauguration, he pledged to end Mexico’s neoliberal era.

AS/COA’s Carin Zissis takes at a look at which issues marked the presidency of Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the year since his landslide victory.

Interview: Not All Risk Is Created Equal

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 16:02

Interview: Not All Risk Is Created Equal

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, July 2, 2019

As one of the largest electric utility companies in Latin America’s largest economy, the Brazilian unit of Portuguese firm EDP needs to know how new technologies will disrupt and shape the business world, all while maintaining growth and competitiveness.

In this interview, the unit’s CFO, Henrique Freire, shares his knowledge and experience on innovation, building financial teams in the digital age, cybersecurity, and managing growth in a volatile environment.

Q: What is EDP doing in terms of cybersecurity in the financial department?

The risk of not being innovative is greater than the risk of being an early adopter, says Henrique Freire, CFO of EDP Brasil.

Foreign Policy: Brian Winter on Brazil's Car Wash Probe

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:25

Foreign Policy: Brian Winter on Brazil's Car Wash Probe

PodcastsFriday, June 28, 2019

“Many who had expressed little but admiration for Car Wash are now seeing things in many more shades of gray,” said AQ's Brian Winter about recent leaks involving Brazil's Car Wash investigation.

“Many who had expressed little but admiration for Car Wash are now seeing things in many more shades of gray,” said AQ's Brian Winter about recent leaks involving Brazil's Car Wash investigation. 

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