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Political cohesion is key towards helping Venezuelan economic and positive international reputation recovery...but it could be a long way off.  Photo (c) AFP 2018

VENEZUELA: Foreign Debts and Default: Political and Economic Implications

By Marcus Turner-Jones – It has been well documented in news outlets around the world that Venezuela’s current political and economic situation is catastrophic, with anti-government protests having occurred frequently…

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Limited bilateral relations notwithstanding, there is optimism regarding the future of relations between the EAEU (as a bloc) and Latin America. Photo Illustration (c) John Lyman 2017

OP-ED: The Eurasian Economic Union and Latin America: What Could 2018 Bring?

By Alex Sanchez: Cross-posted from International Policy Digest – As the world becomes more interconnected, regions that are geographically distant are now becoming closer as diplomatic and trade ties develop….



Stamping out the illicit trade would be a boon for Latin America’s cash-strapped governments, still reeling from the slowdown of the commodity super cycle. Photo (c) Cubasi 2017

OP-ED: CORRUPTION: Big Tobacco Feeds Latin American Corruption

By Isabela Fernandez; originally published at International Policy Digest – Just how widespread is corruption in Latin America? A recent Transparency International study lays bare the region’s worrying trend, with most countries…







Private agribusiness on previously protected indigenous lands has thrown the Temer administration under international law violation investigations. Photo (c) Brasil 247 2017

OP-ED: BRAZIL: Indigenous Land Rights: A Corruption Scandal Victim

By Emily Foecke Munden – International Development Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy: While ongoing corruption probes in Brazil have dominated headlines, the laws protecting Brazil’s indigenous peoples have been…



New business ventures exemplifies that though ties have changed, Russia certainly continues to see Venezuela as an asset. Photo (c) Panorama 2017

OP-ED: INTERNATIONAL: Russia & Venezuela: From Allies to Patronage?

By W. Alex Sánchez and Brittney Figueroa; originally published on International Policy Digest – Venezuela’s political and economic meltdown continues while President Nicolas Maduro’s priority is to remain in power. Meanwhile,…






When a lemon-in-the-eyes social experiment symbolizes the prospective hope yet logical reservation of one terrorist organizations' transition into peace. Photo (c) Semana 2016; FARC logo artistically  added.

COLOMBIA: Reconciling Post-War Terrorists – Contextualizing the New FARC in History’s Shadow

Colombian journalist Daniel Samper recently conducted a light-hearted YouTube challenge…with FARC leader Jesus Santrich. Participating in a viral stunt, it involved squeezing lemon juice into their eyes and seeing who endured…



The current political instability in South America could spread to neighboring countries and end in a full blown economic and financial crisis.
 Photo (c) CNN 2016

SOUTH AMERICA: Political Instability and Impending Crisis?

By Dr. Vince Hooper – The current political instability in South America could spread to neighboring countries and end in a full blown economic and financial crisis. South America’s problems…


Latin America's complex populism experience is often overlooked. Those countering it in Europe, the US and elsewhere would be wise to consider it. Photo (c) Urgente 24 2007

POLITICS: US, Lat Am & EU Populism: Still Expanding Horizons  

(Cross-Posted article by Elmer Hernandez from PGW Global and International Policy Digest) – Brexit and the election of Donald Trump have provided a rude awakening for many in Europe who had ignored the…


Too much red tape can do more bad than good to developing societies. Crime and inequality can become one hefty price to pay. Photo (c) Flavia Gandolfi / Institute for Liberty and Democracy 2000

ECONOMY / SECURITY: An Economic Answer to Terrorism: Re-Visiting De Soto’s “The Other Path”

After nearly two decades in print, the fundamental pillars of Peruvian economist and ex-political adviser Hernando de Soto’s bestseller, The Other Path, continues to resonate with modern economic security affairs. His argument…