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  • There's no going back on peace

    6/22/18
    Colombia's president-elect Iván Duque is unlikely to completely tear up the peace agreement that incumbent Juan Manuel Santos reached with the FARC leftist guerrilla group, ending more than 50 years of conflict. And if he...

  • Corruption brings down once-revered PPK

    3/22/18
    Corruption shot down Peru's president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK), but the crime committed has just as much to do with political maneuvering as with construction firm Odebrecht. PPK, who resigned on March 21 just before a...

  • The World Bank's serious error

    1/15/18
    The news that the World Bank made repeated methodology modifications over the past four years to its Doing Business rankings - changes that penalized Chile more than any other nation - is worrisome because it places into question the...

  • Here we go again

    1/3/18
    First off, happy New Year to our readers, may 2018 bring you joy and prosperity. As is tradition, here is my list of the individuals who I felt shaped Latin America last year: Ricardo Gareca: Peru's football coach and the...

  • What to expect in Chile on Sunday

    11/15/17
    Chile votes for a new president this Sunday (Nov 19), in a race that hasn't really produced much energy. Ex-president Sebastián Piñera is in a commanding position, but, at about 45% in most polls, looks a little short of an...

  • The vultures are circling

    11/13/17
    Vulture funds have been licking their lips for years at the prospect of Venezuela defaulting on its burgeoning debt load, hoping to sue the government for the full face value of bonds bought at a large discount on secondary markets,...

  • When is a terrorist not a terrorist?

    10/16/17
    The drafting of a bill by two opposition lawmakers to prevent the Chilean government from negotiating with "terrorists" – in light of the ongoing conflict between certain segments of the Mapuche indigenous peoples...

  • Storming to the Next Revolution

    9/12/17
    A few weeks ago, I moderated a fascinating panel at an energy conference on the rapidly changing electricity system in Argentina. The consensus among the panelists, who represented both the public and private sectors in Argentina, was ...