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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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Latest from the region

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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The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center expands awareness of the new Latin America across diverse communities of influence by positioning the region as a core partner in the transatlantic community.



Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Latin America

Given its proximity to the United States, an economically vibrant and healthy Latin America is in the interest of the next US administration. Now, more than ever, it is important for the United States to lean in on Latin America as a strategic partner and continue growing its existing economic, social, and political ties for mutual benefit.

Elections 2020 by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions
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Tue, Oct 27, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: October 27, 2020

After Voluntad Popular's National Coordinator abandoned the Spanish ambassador’s residence in Caracas, pro-Maduro Twitter accounts promoted hashtags to influence Twitter’s conversation

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Tue, Oct 27, 2020

DFC Caribbean trip demonstrates new US emphasis on region

Optimizing economic opportunity in our hemisphere remains the best bulwark against insecurity, illicit activities, and violence. The United States’ renewed interest in promoting commercial investment and opportunities are positive signs that real progress can be made in this vital region.

New Atlanticist by Vicki Assevero

Caribbean International Markets

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Why Chile could be a canary in the coal mine for wealthy economies

While the new constitution could help jumpstart efforts to alleviate many of the inequalities in Chilean society, the struggle to get to this point should give caution to other countries that have left structural inequalities unaddressed.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Payares-Montoya

Elections Inclusive Growth
State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business
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Tue, Oct 20, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: October 20, 2020

Videos reporting on Venezuela and posted by Colombian YouTube channel Noticias Mundiales Al Día outperformed videos and channels on social media.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Honoring global leaders and unsung heroes in a time of world crisis

As the devastating global public health and economic crises of the coronavirus pandemic continue, the Atlantic Council took time on October 14 to celebrate two stewards of the global economy and a legendary performer and philanthropist for their leadership in helping their fellow global citizens.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Seek membership for Mexico

Building a relationship between NATO and Mexico may be the key to keeping a rapidly changing America invested in European security.

NATO 20/2020 by Christopher Skaluba, Gabriela R. A. Doyle

Europe & Eurasia Mexico
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Wed, Oct 14, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: October 14, 2020

Nicolás Maduro claimed anew that Colombian President Iván Duque had prepared for and will oversee incursion into Venezuela.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

The post-COVID world this week: A new prediction for back-to-normal, passes for safer travel, and a power shake-up in the Mediterranean

What can we expect from a post-COVID world after a pandemic that has reshaped international affairs? We may be looking at scrambled power dynamics across the Mediterranean region.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council

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