Latin America

The Impact of the International Financial Crisis on Brazil (ARI)

José Roberto Mendonça de Barros. ARI 38/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 12/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

This ARI examines the impact of the global financial crisis on the Brazilian economy and the ways in which the country has managed to react positively to the ensuing challenges, without overlooking the new challenges that it will have to face in the future.


Sparks of War? Military Cooperation between Colombia and the US from a Strategic Perspective (ARI)

Vicente Torrijos R.. ARI 16/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 9/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

The military cooperation agreement signed between Colombia and the US in November 2009 unleashed a flurry of debate in the continent regarding the scope of the fight against narcoterrorism and the presence of US forces in Latin America.


Hugo Chávez’s Third Devaluation (ARI)

Ronald Balza Guanipa. ARI 24/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 8/3/2010. Go to Spanish version

The devaluation is the consequence of accelerated internal public spending funded through oil revenues. Although spending won Hugo Chávez votes, a significant number of voters may now be feeling the negative effects of devaluation.


The Defeat of the Concertación Coalition and the Alternation of Power in Chile (ARI)

Carlos Huneeus. ARI23/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 5/3/2010. Go to Spanish version

The second round of the Chilean elections on 17 January 2010 handed victory to the opposition, putting an end to a run of four governments led by the centre-left Concertación por la Democracia coalition, in power since the end of the military regime of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-90). This is hugely significant because it signals the return of the right wing to the La Moneda presidential palace after no less than 52 years.


The US in Brazil’s Foreign Policy (ARI)

Carlos Malamud and Carola García-Calvo. ARI 31/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 3/3/2010. Go to Spanish version

Brazil has opted for its own foreign policy in Latin America and clashed at times with the new US Administration. What is the state of relations between Brazil and the US? Can Brazil become the leader of South America and take a place on the world stage?


Honduras: Elections as a Way out of Political Deadlock (ARI)

Óscar Álvarez Araya. ARI 11/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 15/2/2010. Go to Spanish version

The general election in Honduras on 29 November 2009 was a free and transparent process, whose implications for the Americas as a whole are also analysed in this ARI.


The Costa Rican Elections: The Fight for Continuity (ARI)

Constantino Urcuyo. ARI 3/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 15/2/2010. Go to Spanish version

President Oscar Arias’ party is seeking to stay in power, despite being weakened by the intensive and combative approach of its rivals.


General Elections in Bolivia, December 2009 (ARI)

Andrés Santana Leitner. ARI 154/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 18/12/2009. Go to Spanish version

The Bolivian general elections were held in December 2009 in very special circumstances and conditions: they were the first elections under Bolivia’s New Political Constitution, the first (since the reinstatement of democracy) in which a President was eligible for reelection, the first in which biometric voter registration was implemented and the first in which it was possible to vote from outside the country.


The transatlantic cocaine business: Europe’s options as it confronts new drug trafficking routes (WP)

Daniel Brombacher and Günther Maihold. WP 45/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 14/12/2009. Go to Spanish version

The goal of this study is to review European foreign policy tools involved in controlling supply, leaving aside domestic policy measures designed to cut demand, the efficiency of which is widely recognised in most countries of the EU.


The Amazonian Conflict: Biodiversity, Native Communities and Sustainable Development (ARI)

Luis E. González Manrique. ARI 151/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 17/11/2009. Go to Spanish version

The resignation of the Peruvian Prime Minister, Yehude Simon, and the congressional repeal of two of the main legislative decrees that opened extensive Amazonian zones to commercial exploitation have provided a merely temporary relief to the reigning tension. The situation is similar, to varying degrees, in the other South-American countries that share the Amazon basin.