Latin America and the Caribbean // Analysis

16 january 2017

Much Cry and Little Wool

Anastasia Borik Postgraduate student, MGIMO-University


On January 9, Venezuela's National Assembly declared that President Nicolas Maduro had "abandoned his post”. With catchy headlines spreading quickly around the world, the recent vote resulted to be very limited, and the Venezuelan opposition did not manage to make a single step to push the Chavez’s followers away from power.

26 october 2016

Between Promising and Performing: Labor in Argentina

Marcelo Montes Professor, National University of Villa Maria, Argentina


Argentina's recently elected Presdient Mauricio Macri has chosen a course of austerity in an attempt to recover the country’s crisis-stricken economy. Labor unions are protesting against budget spending cuts that are affecting the domestic environment. Marcelo Montes, professor of international relations at the National University of Villa Maria in Argentina, comments on the developments.

06 september 2016

Fighting the Routine and Thirsting for Innovation. The Economy of Latin American Countries

Alina Shcherbakova Ph.D in Economics, Associate Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics; research fellow at the RAS Institute of Latin American Studies; research fellow at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia


Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is a dynamically developing region that is full of contrasts. On the one hand, no other region in the world can boast such cultural unity, with a common language (with the exception of Brazil), a single faith and a shared colonial past. On the other hand, the LAC countries demonstrate significant variety regarding their economic development and the countries’ positions in the world.

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19 august 2016

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: Brazil After the Olympics

Aleksandr Losev Research fellow at Insitute of Latin Anerica of RAS


For the first time in the Olympic history, the games are held in South America. Seven years ago, winning the Olympic bid for Brazil was another way to demonstrate to the world its breakthrough development and increase its influence. However, unlike in 2009, when Brazil won the bid with relatively good economic indicators, the situation in the country today is very unstable.

07 july 2016

Marcelo Montes: The Future of Mercosur Is Now in Question


With Argentina and Brazil opposing the Venezuelan Mercosur presidency, as well as severe economic problems facing the region, hope for a genuinely progressive Mercosur looks increasingly threatened. Marcelo Montes, professor of international relations at the National University of Villa Maria in Argentina, shares his views on the integration process in Latin America and suggests what Russia can do to avoid making the same mistakes.

14 april 2016

Russia and Brazil - What Will Come After Rousseff?

Eric Ehrmann Brazilian columnist and RIAC blogger


Now, in the middle of the worst political and economic crisis in the history of the modern Brazil, the fragile government of president Dilma continues to assign a high importance level to a policy, which emphasizes that future goal of Brazil’s economy- beyond the BRICS- is linked to obtaining a complete trade pact with the NATO-connected European Union. Statistics raise question whether the Western European pivot is really worth it or if it is a boondoggle that supports the lush life aspirations of the political class.

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08 december 2015

Ambassador Lecture Series. Latin America — Building Influence and Trust in the World


RIAC is pleased to announce the launch of new educational series where lectures of leading Russian diplomats and members of Russian diplomatic community will be featured. Here is the first edition — Lecture by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Valery Morozov for the Students of the Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk held under RIAC Days.

26 november 2015

Argentina Turns to the Right

Pablo Stefanoni Editor-in-Chief, Nueva Sociedad, Argentina


Mauricio Macri’s victory in the second round of voting in the Argentine presidential election has caused a major political upheaval in the country. Macri’s victory marks the end of 12 years of “Kirchnerism”. Sunday’s result also has continental dimensions: centre-right party’s victory filled the opposition forces in the Bolivarian countries with enthusiasm. They believe that the triumph of a candidate who stands closest ideologically to the Pacific Alliance (Alianza del Pacífico) and who is more liberal in terms of economic policy could have a domino effect.

18 september 2015

Brazilian Navy: Protecting Stranger Coasts

Alexander Korolkov PhD in History, Expert on Latin America expert


The official motto of the Brazilian Navy is “Protegendo nossas riquezas, cuidando da nossa gente” (Protecting our riches and taking care of our people). Whereas the latter part is almost philosophical, the former emphasizes the important role of the navy for the country with the ocean coastline of 8,500 kilometers. Importantly, there is a lot to protect in the territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone adjacent to the shore.

31 august 2015

Protests in Ecuador: a New Challenge for Rafael Correa

Alexander Shinkarenko PhD in Political Science, Research Fellow at the Center for Political Studies, RAS Institute of Latin America


Mass protests which began on August 13, 2015 against the policies of President Rafael Correa swept across different regions of Ecuador. Those who disagree with the current government took to the streets of the country’s cities and towns enraged with the government’s attempts to change the Constitution. The enactment of amendments would grant the incumbent leader the authority to run for the presidency for the fourth time in 2017.


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