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Spotlight: Ten questions for 2020

It’s that time of year for us to look at the trends expected to take center stage in Latin America in 2020, offer some predictions, and invite you to participate and share your views. Join us in taking this informal poll! Let us know how you foresee the major trends breaking, and see if you can get the 10/10 high score in predicting our forecasts.

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Bolivia in transition: Read Jason Marczak’s latest analysis

After allegations of election fraud, former President of Bolivia Evo Morales fled to Mexico seeking asylum, and the opposition senator Jeanine Áñez assumed the vacated office as interim president. The Bolivian people and wider region remain divided about whether the election was legitimate, and if they should now recognize Áñez as president.

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Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The Maduro Regime’s Illicit Activities: A Threat to Democracy in Venezuela and Security in Latin America

Introduction By Diego Area and Domingo Sadurní Two months after the internationally recognized interim government marked its first year, Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, the worst ever in the Western Hemisphere’s modern history, entered a new phase. The coronavirus pandemic, which has rattled even the most developed nations, is further straining a crippled health system already unable […]

Issue Brief by Douglas Farah

Conflict Corruption

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

#DFRLabCoffeeBreak with InternetLab Head of Research Heloisa Massaro

DFRLab's Assignment Editor and Research Associate, Luiza Bandeira sits down with Heloisa Massaro, Head of Research at InternetLab to discuss COVID-19, disinformation, and Brazil.

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Tue, Aug 11, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: August 12, 2020

After the detention of former Colombian President and current Senator Álvaro Uribe on August 4, 2020, political leaders in the region such as Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado warned that Colombia would become a regime like Venezuela and targeted Nicolás Maduro as responsible for the arrest as well. Machado’s claim was amplified by Colombian congresspeople supporting Uribe and appeared among the most watched videos on Facebook.

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Disinformation Venezuela

Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Argentina reaches key debt deal amid COVID-19 downturn

Avoiding its ninth default, this deal opens avenues for renewed confidence in the government’s ability to continue to safeguard the economy while establishing a necessary long-term macroeconomic plan for Argentina.

New Atlanticist by Valentina Sader

Coronavirus Fiscal and Structural Reform
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Tue, Aug 4, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: August 04, 2020

Following his arrest, two accounts supporting Colombian businessman Alex Saab attacked Colombian and Venezuelan journalists using violent language and threats on Twitter, which is prohibited by Twitter’s policy on safety. One of the accounts – @DenunciaJulio – also showed possible links to Colombian law firm De La Espriella, which represented Saab until July 2019.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela
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Tue, Jul 28, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: July 28, 2020

On July 21-23, 2020, Twitter accounts petitioning U.S. President Donald Trump for a military intervention in Venezeula also pushed four hashtags to trend that promoted anti-socialist messaging against Juan Guaidó and Nicolás Maduro. The accounts, all of which had set their locations to Venezuela, showed signs of inauthenticity and platform manipulation, such as posting duplicative content and creating fake engagement.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela
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Wed, Jul 22, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: July 22, 2020

Representatives aligned with Luis Parra, Maduro’s illegitimately installed National Assembly president, announcing on July 19 that he had been hospitalized after “apparent pneumonia.” Pro-Maduro accounts used Parra’s name to convey news about his condition and to promote Maduro regime’s hashtags on Twitter. “Luis Parra” trended as a keyword on Venezuela between July 19-21, 2020.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Tue, Jul 14, 2020

US-Mexico ties: A post-official working visit readout

On June 9, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a timely conversation on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s visit to Washington, DC—the president’s first international trip as head of state. Experiencing economic contraction and public health crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both presidents highlighted the bonds that unite their countries […]

Event Recaps by Cecilia Godoy

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Tue, Jul 14, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: July 14, 2020

Brazilian assets removed by Facebook for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” used the economic and health crisis in Venezuela, which has been exacerbated by the Maduro regime, to promote anti-socialist sentiment in Brazil. The DFRLab also found some of the assets shared memes supporting a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. The same message had been shared before by Rumbo Libertad, a Venezuelan far right and libertarian movement whose members have appeared in pictures with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his sons in the past.

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Disinformation Venezuela

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Busch in The Hill: USMCA needs the WTO even more than NAFTA did

Marc Busch writes that the World Trade Organization (WTO) backstopped NAFTA in the past and must backstop USMCA now if the new trade deal is to succeed.

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