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South America: Issues in Focus

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Following last week’s context-setting discussion on South America’s changing dynamics, this week we specifically look at how Brazil might boost its geopolitical influence; the economic and political challenges confronting Venezuela and Argentina; the current status of Colombia’s peace negotiations with the FARC; and the region’s possible political trajectory.


The Geopolitics of Brazil: An Emergent Power's Struggle with Geography

20 Nov 2012 / Special Feature

Inadequate resources and institutional capacity have limited Brazil’s influence in South America, or so argue our partners at Stratfor. They believe, however, that Brasilia can reverse these shortcomings by better protecting its coastline and selectively expanding into its vast interior and Rio de la Plata region. More on «The Geopolitics of Brazil: An Emergent Power's Struggle with Geography»


Venezuela's Uncertain Political Transition

11 Jun 2013 / Special Feature

The death of Hugo Chávez has created a dangerous power vacuum in Venezuela. Today, we rely on the work done by three of our partners to identify the actual nature of this vacuum and some of the steps different actors might take to prevent further instability in a post-Chávez society. More on «Venezuela's Uncertain Political Transition»


Argentina's Economy

12 Jun 2013 / Special Feature

Over a decade after Argentina’s sovereign default in 2001, there are worrisome signs that its economy may be sliding back into crisis. Today, former Argentine Minister of Economy Domingo Cavallo profiles Argentina’s economic status, which he describes as a “ticking time-bomb. More on «Argentina's Economy»


Colombia-Farc Peace Talks: A Status Update

13 Jun 2013 / Article

A recent agreement on rural land reform might suggest that talks between Bogota and the FARC are making progress, but Antonio Sampaio isn’t so sure. He argues that conflict over land ownership is a real possibility and that some local FARC leaders remain as committed as ever to their decades-old struggle. More on «Colombia-Farc Peace Talks: A Status Update»


Latin America 2060

Sep 2011 / Publication

What social, economic and political factors are likely to shape Latin America over the next 50 years? To answer this question, today we present “Latin America 2060: Consolidation or Crisis?”, which is produced by the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. More on «Latin America 2060»




Inside the Issues Episode 3: "Brazil as an Emerging Power"

25 Jan 2012 / Video

In this video, Kathryn Hochstetler, who is CIGI's Chair of Governance in the Americas, discusses Brazil's status as an emerging power, to include its growing presence across Latin America and the world. More on «Inside the Issues Episode 3: "Brazil as an Emerging Power" »


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