Month: September 2018

A new leader in Colombia

Colombia’s new conservative president, Ivan Duque, looks forward to rural reforms and a smaller government – and possibly undoing the peace process led by former president Juan Manuel Santos. A new wave of security issues stemming from National Liberation Front and various BACRIM (organized crime gangs), despite the peace deal, ravages the Colombian countryside. The government’s ability to stretch itself and strengthen its strategy in this area continues to impacted by the waves of Venezuelan refugees crossing the border into Colombia. My latest report for Geopolitical Intelligence Services takes a look at what lies ahead for the new administration. Read the full report here.

Uruguay’s uncommon strengths and development dilemmas

We focus here on this relatively small Latin American country’s accomplishments amidst the tumultuous economies and political developments of its surrounding neighbors. One of the challenges going forward will be maintaining its social welfare system, which was established over a century ago. While this is a country with a stable democracy and progressive social values, what Uruguay will need as it looks towards the 2019 presidential elections is a candidate that will transform and diversify the economy so that the country can compete with much larger players on the global scale. Among the ways the economy can progress further are greater investments in its renewable energy and banking at the regional level; but issues such as an underperforming educational system and increased perceptions of violence crime might be impeding this development.

Read the full report here.

Rough waters ahead for Chile’s new government

The special report on Chile dives into Chilean President Sebastian Piñera’s upcoming challenges in Chile and Latin America. As his coalition controls a minority in Congress, the country faces international tensions emerging from the unpredictability of the United States’ policies, a tightening on immigration policies and an increase in requirements for migration, and increasing domestic protests amongst student, women, and indigenous Mapuche groups all across the country. President Piñera may have to align with a new, younger, left-leaning coalition called the Frente Amplio in order to restore some control in Congress, as he will need votes from the non-conservatives in government.

Read the full report here.