Latin America

  • Violence in Venezuela: Marczak on VOA

    Deputy Director Jason Marczak appeared on VOA to discuss the recent increase in violence in Venezuela. Marczak identifies the relationship between economic turmoil, institutional instability, and the people's need to seek violent solutions to the plagues of injustice and shortages of basic goods.

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  • For Brazil, Just the Right Plane, and at the Right Price

    As has been widely reported, and after what The Aviationist called "ten years of negotiations and speculations,” the Brazilian federal government announced last week that Saab’s JAS-39E Gripen NG had been selected as the next fighter jet of the Força Aérea, beating out Dassault’s Rafale and Boeing’s F/A-18E Super Hornet. The timing of the announcement was unexpected, but the winner was less surprising. Brazil’s decision shows that countries of modest means and military ambitions demand value-for-money in weapons procurement, and that not all defense contractors are well-placed in that segment of the market.
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  • A Closer Look at What Mexico's Landmark Energy Reform Will Mean

    Mexico is poised to expand its oil production so dramatically that it may become one of the world’s most strategically important oil exporters within the next decade, US analysts and a top Mexican official told a conference at the Atlantic Council. Mexico’s decision this year to end the 75-year monopoly of the state-owned company PEMEX, and to invite private and foreign investors into its energy market, will put the country into close competition with Colombia and Brazil as the Western Hemisphere’s most-sought destinations for energy investment, according to David Goldwyn, the State Department’s former special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. Goldwyn, who authored "Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last?" a report for the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, presented his findings at the report's launch event on December 19.
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  • Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last?

    A report released today by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Mexican energy reform argues that Mexico has positioned itself to become a major player in the global market as a competitive and transparent supplier of oil.

    Authored by former State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn, Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last? argues that: “these new reforms, if implemented effectively, will provide Mexico the opportunity to boost oil and gas production and, with it, economic output, with positive ripple effects throughout the economy. Mexico’s role in global oil markets is positioned to increase from major supplier status to strategic supplier status over the next decade.”

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  • Atlantic Council Report Analyzes Landmark Mexican Energy Reform

    WASHINGTON – A report released today by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Mexican energy reform argues that Mexico has positioned itself to become a major player in the global market as a competitive and transparent supplier of oil.


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  • Mexico Passes Landmark Energy Reform

    In the last hour, the Mexican Congress passed energy reform that will fundamentally transform the country by opening up foreign investment in the energy sector for the first time in 75 years. The Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center also will be issuing the first comprehensive analysis of the reform on Thursday, December 19, which will be authored by renowned energy guru, David Goldwyn. Our initial analysis of the reform:

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  • Marczak on Venezuelan Election Results

    Question: What do the results suggest about the level of support for the president, the opposition and where the country may be headed? Is a big change likely to come about in Venezuela in 2014?

    Chavismo may have won the popular vote in the December 8 municipal elections, but the opposition can rightly claim its own electoral win. Still, the ballot box yet again showed an increasingly fragmented country headed down an uncharted path.

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  • Arsht Center Experts on Upcoming Venezuela Elections

    This Sunday, December 8, Venezuelans go to the polls to vote in municipal elections that are the government’s first test at the ballot box of the eight months since Nicolás Maduro was elected president. Just over 330 mayoral offices will be at stake; of these, the opposition currently controls just seventy.

    The Atlantic Council's experts in the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center provide their latest policy analysis below. To schedule an interview or use quotes from this analysis, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Spotlight Colombia: December 5

    How might the FARC peace negotiations impact Colombia's presidential election?

    President Barack Obama emphasized "the tremendous progress that’s taken place in Colombia" after meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House on December 3. His comments come at a pivotal moment as Colombia enters an electoral season.

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  • Atlantic Council Hosts Colombian President Santos

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    WASHINGTON -- The Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center this evening hosted Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for a private dinner with US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; US Congressmen Eliot Engel, and Gregory Meeks; and other decision-makers. The dinner was co-chaired by former US National Security Advisors Samuel R. Berger, Stephen J. Hadley, and General Colin L. Powell.

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