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11 november
2016
Anastasia Borik

Maduro & Co.

All you need to know about the start of negotiations between Nicolas Maduro and Venezuelan opposition.

On October 30, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and the opposition representatives (Democratic Unity Roundtable, MUD) had a face-to-face meeting to discuss the opportunity for fully fledged negotiations on the resolution of the harshest political crisis that wrapped the country and that stems from the long-term confrontation they have had. In order to understand the course of negotiations, there are at least three factors to consider.

01 november
2016
Anastasia Borik

Common Cause

On October 28-29, 2016, Cartagena (Colombia) hosted XXV Ibero-American Summit, where the participants discussed the current political situation in the region. The discussion was mostly focused on Venezuela, whose political crisis might promote transition of the Organization of Ibero-American States to a wider scale.

07 september
2016
Anastasia Borik

March for a Referendum

On September 1, 2016, the Venezuelan opposition, which finally managed to join efforts to combat the incumbent Bolivarian regime, staged the largest rally the country has seen for a number of years. The “Caracas Takeover” is what opposition activists call their march, which, according to their reports, joined more than one million people. However, the opponents of President Nicolás Maduro have no intention of stopping there.

30 december
2014
Daniel Djouder

A Chess Match for the Control of Oil

Undoubtedly, the plummeting of oil price is one of the most observed and debated topics of this year's end, both for its economic and political implications. These kind of events are hardly ever random, or driven by market forces alone. In this article I will examine the reasons behind this issue, as well as the behavior of the countries involved. I will discuss why widespread theories about this subject miss on some important points, and I will go over those overlooked details at length.

30 june
2014
Eric Ehrmann

Can Russia help save Peronist Argentina from itself?

The upside for Russia is that none of the Latin governments have openly supported the U.S.-led sanctions regime designed to punish Russia for its presence in Ukraine and Crimea. There is also an opening for Russia-Argentina bilateral  deals since a highly publicized trade agreement between the Mercosur (Mercosul) economic union and the European Union (EU) has been slow tracked due to internal bickering among the EU nations.

The downside is that under president Cristina Kirchner’s leadership Argentina is broke. Her government has been selling off, expropriating and reselling large chunks of the national patrimony including the state energy company YPF, to foreign interests as if it was a Ponzi Scheme.

07 march
2014
Eric Ehrmann

Banking on Bolshevism. Brazil’s “caviar left” spending billions to revive Cuba’s broken communist economy

Cuba’s economic future is up for grabs and the socialist elite among Brazil's Workers Party is playing the non-aligned card, taking big risks in a gambit to control part of the action.

But the perplexing issue that Brazil's "caviar left" avoids is that in spite enacting some progressive reforms Cuba has not officially moved away from the communist theories of dialectical materialism associated with Marx and Engels that sparked the Bolshevik upheaval in Russia.