Latin America

  • Marczak Quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Assassination Attempt of Nicolás Maduro


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  • After Failed Assassination Attempt, Expect Maduro to Lash Out in Venezuela

    The Venezuelan regime will likely turn even more repressive in the wake of a purported attempt to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on August 4, according to Jason Marczak, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

    Maduro was delivering a speech at a celebration of the 81st anniversary of Venezuela’s National Guard when what in initial reports were described as low-flying drones exploded in midair. The attack sent assembled National Guard troops scurrying for cover. Maduro was unharmed and blamed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for the attempt on his life.

    Marczak was reluctant to agree with Maduro’s characterization of the incident as an assassination attempt. “Yesterday's incident is one more example in a long list of events that show the fragility of the regime, and will likely prompt it to take even more drastic measures,” said Marczak. 

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  • De Alba Quoted in the Financial Times on Attempted Assassination of Nicolas Maduro


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  • Pereira Joins El Financiero Bloomberg to Discuss Regional Integration in Latin America and the Pacific Alliance


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  • Braga Quoted in Axios on Brazil's Presidential Election


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  • Marczak Quoted in the Washington Post on Cuba's Constitutional Reforms


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  • A Strategic Opportunity

    Stronger Ties Between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance are Viable, and the International Scene Favors Them

    This article was originally published in Portuguese in O Estado de S.Paulo on July 21.

    The first meeting of presidents of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance countries, in Mexico, on July 24, is not just another presidential summit in which much is said and little is decided. First, this meeting represents the culmination of an intense, four-year effort to bring the two sub-regional blocs closer. Second, the uncertainty, rifts and conflicts that plague the international scene create favorable conditions for convergence in Latin America. The summit could, thus, signal a turning point in the sequence of efforts begun in the 1960s – with the founding of the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA) – to promote, if not regional integration, at least free-trade agreements or preferential trade zones, which have so far achieved relatively modest results.

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  • Marczak Quoted in Reuters on Trump Administration Officials Planned Meeting with Mexico's President-Elect


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  • AMLO's Election: What Does it Mean for Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond?

    On July 12, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted an event titled, “AMLO’s Election: What Does it Mean for Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond?” The event explored the aftermath of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) historic election on July 1, 2018 and its impact on the future Mexican domestic policy and hemispheric relations. Mexico has seen positive advancements in recent years, including a flourishing startup-culture, increased access to technology and innovation, and high degrees of civic engagement and grassroots activism. Despite this progress, deep-rooted, systematic problems remained at the forefront of voters’ minds: crime and insecurity, corruption, and a stagnant economy.

    The panel featured experts with diverse backgrounds in Mexican political affairs, including: Dr. Paula Stern, Chairwoman and founder of the Stern Group, Inc. and former-Chairwoman of the US International Trade Commission; José Díaz Briseño, Washington, D.C. correspondent for Reforma; Dr. Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group and former-Head of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States; and Jason Marczak, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. The panelist discussion and Q&A was moderated by Katherine Pereira, Associate Director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

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  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s First 100 Days

    Mexico is poised for a new era of prosperity if deep structural issues are adequately addressed.


    In this Spotlight, we ask: What are four of the top issues President-elect López Obrador might prioritize in his first 100 days in office?

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