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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, Apr 1, 2020

Reconciling sanctions and humanitarian need during COVID-19

As the world economy shuts down to try to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the humanitarian collateral effects of sanctions become more pronounced and potentially deadly. But the argument that the United States should unilaterally roll back sanctions draws a false dichotomy; sanctions do not have to be suspended or rolled back for the United States to better address humanitarian concerns.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Cuba Economic Sanctions

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

What Mexico’s response to H1N1 can teach us about coronavirus and future pandemics

While the A(H1N1) and novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crises are different in magnitude and were caused by viruses with different levels of lethality, Mexico’s experience with the A(H1N1) can offer valuable lessons for current disruptions.

New Atlanticist by Pablo Reynoso Brito

Coronavirus Mexico
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Wed, Mar 25, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: March 25, 2020

Two Venezuelan fringe websites created Facebook groups and pages impersonating well-known media outlets to promote their own content, apparently motivated by profit.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

What Latin American countries are doing to confront coronavirus

As governments in North America, Europe, Asia, and around the world continue to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Latin American leaders are stepping up their efforts as cases are beginning to be documented in their countries. Although the number of cases across the region remains mostly lower than the epicenters in Europe and the United States, “we are not letting our guard down,” El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandra Hill Tinoco said on March 23. “No one can guarantee us that it is not going to hit us,” she explained, so every Latin American government is taking the threat seriously.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Colombia Coronavirus

Wed, Mar 18, 2020

How the coronavirus will impact Panama’s economy

Panama's economy—currently precarious and stagnant—depends on infrastructure megaprojects, international trade, and financial services, making it especially vulnerable to external changes like coronavirus.

New Atlanticist by Cristina Guevara

Coronavirus International Markets
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Tue, Mar 17, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: March 17, 2020

The confirmation of the first cases of the novel coronavirus in Venezuela led to the politicization of the outbreak and the spread of claims that were not supported by evidence.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela
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Tue, Mar 10, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: March 10, 2020

Nicolás Maduro and his Vice President Delcy Rodríguez promoted the hashtag #LasSancionesSonUnCrimen (“Sanctions are a crime”) on March 6, 2020, when it also reached the trending topics of the country on Twitter. The hashtag was part of a broader campaign launched by the regime that same day to protest U.S. sanctions imposed on Venezuela.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Ahead of Brazil’s municipal elections, novel legal requirements can elevate women’s participation in politics

As the country prepares to hold municipal elections in October 2020, Brazil should aim to increase women’s political participation and learn from its fellow Latin American countries.

New Atlanticist by Valentina Sader

Brazil Elections

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Venezuela’s democratization: Leading with women to achieve peace

In order for Venezuela to transition to a more democratic, inclusive, and peaceful society, the interim government must strengthen women's political participation and decision-making power.

New Atlanticist by Cristina Guevara

Democratic Transitions Venezuela

Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Colombia ¿Cómo vamos?: Women’s political and economic empowerment

Closing gender gaps in economic and political empowerment will move Colombia forward in its path toward sustainable development. Greater female participation in the economy and in politics will not only boost the country’s economy (by increasing productivity, diversifying the economy, reducing income inequality, increasing organizational effectiveness, among others), but will also contribute to more inclusive, democratic, and sustainable policies.

New Atlanticist by Camila Hernandez

Colombia Women


Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Impacto económico y social del COVID-19 en Colombia

EVENTO EN LÍNEA - Cómo contrarrestar los efectos económicos y sociales de las medidas para contener el coronavirus en Colombia y qué papel pueden jugar el sector privado y la sociedad civil en ello.

2:00pm Únase via la App "Zoom" (confirme para recibir instrucciones)