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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.

Experts

Content

Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Inclusive growth needs financial inclusion. Can Central Bank Digital Currency help?

1.7 billion adults remained unbanked as per the 2017 wave of Findex dataset, with large disparities in financial inclusion still existing across countries, gender, income, education, and rural-urban lines. CBDCs have the potential to enhance financial inclusion and reduce these disparities.

Blog Post by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou

Digital Currencies Economy & Business

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera: COVID-19 solidarity offers hope for tackling climate change

The Chilean leader joined other political, business, and health leaders at the annual conference hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center alongside the United Nations General Assembly. 

New Atlanticist by Nick Fouriezos

Americas Climate Change & Climate Action

Wed, Sep 15, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing August 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Afghanistan Belarus

Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the brewing refugee crisis in Eastern Europe and the new Taliban government

On September 10, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Belarus’ attempt to inundate Eastern Europe with migrants, threats to democracy in Brazil, and the newly announced Taliban government in Afghanistan.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Belarus

Wed, Sep 1, 2021

Addressing Instability in Central America: Restrictions on Civil Liberties, Violence, and Climate Change

Citizens across Latin America and the Caribbean are rising up in protest. Political frustration and economic stagnation are fueling social discontent exacerbated by the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the slow health response. In Central America, restrictions on civil liberties, high rates of gender-based violence and extortion, and worsening climate change are compounding the lack of economic opportunities and pervasive corruption seen in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Issue Brief by María Fernanda Bozmoski, María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, Domingo Sadurní

Climate Change & Climate Action Latin America

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

The steep costs of missing US ambassadors in Latin America and the Caribbean

The vacancies limit the Biden administration’s ability to engage with local leaders and civil society, support efforts to fight COVID-19, and gain leverage over China.

New Atlanticist by Felipe Félix Méndez

Latin America Migration

Sun, Aug 15, 2021

Haiti needs the world’s help. Now.

The world must learn from the mistakes of the past: funding failing to reach Haiti, subpar coordination with the Haitian people, and a relief effort that generated dependence on the international relief community.

New Atlanticist by Jason Marczak, Wazim Mowla

Caribbean Democratic Transitions

Sun, Aug 15, 2021

O’Toole quoted in VOA Russian on Russia’s response to Cuba protests

Read the whole article here.

In the News by Brian O’Toole

Cuba Economy & Business

Wed, Aug 11, 2021

Cuba’s protests have ebbed. But the forces that fueled them are as powerful as ever.

The street protests have calmed down, at least for now, but this is still a perilous moment for the island—with the Cuban people in need of continued backing.

New Atlanticist by Jason Marczak, Wazim Mowla

Caribbean Cuba

Tue, Aug 10, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing July 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Americas China

Events

Wed, Oct 6, 2021

Meet the Council: Hispanic Heritage Month edition

Online Event Atlantic Council staff share their experiences during Hispanic Heritage Month edition as the organization continues to build on its strengths to better reflect a more global and diverse workforce.

4:30pm Americas Latin America Resilience & Society