Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast: Luis Alberto Moreno on Colombia’s Elections and Latin America’s Upside

Venture capital and a technology boom could help offset political uncertainty, the former IDB chief says.
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Colombia’s June 19 runoff between two strongly anti-establishment candidates tells us a lot about what’s happening in today’s Latin America, says Luis Alberto Moreno, a veteran observer of the region’s politics and former president of the Inter-American Development Bank. In this conversation, Moreno takes a long view of political developments, analyzing recent progress and setbacks. He discusses populism, inequality, economic growth and challenges to cooperation and trade between Latin American countries. Moreno does nevertheless have a glass-half-full perspective on the region, as outlined in a recent book. Moreno shares with the AQ podcast his reasons for optimism.

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Luis Alberto Moreno is a former President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Brian Winter is AQ’s editor-in-chief

Supplemental reading: 

Meet the Candidates: Colombia by AQ editors

Reaction: Petro and Hernández Lead Colombia’s Presidential Race  by AQ editors

Book Review: A Case for Optimism in Colombia by Gabriel Cohen

Tags: AQ Podcast, Colombia, economic growth, Gustavo Petro, Rodolfo Hernandez, trade
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