Caribbean

Who is to blame for polarisation in Venezuela? 

While academic research recognises a number of potential drivers of Venezuela’s social and political polarisation, major English-language newspapers tend to depict Chavismo alone as responsible for tearing apart a supposedly peaceful and united nation, writes Alan MacLeod (Glasgow University Media Group).

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    How can development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN adapt to increasing climate-risk exposure?

How can development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN adapt to increasing climate-risk exposure?

Risks associated with climate change will inevitably increase costs for many sectors, particularly those dependent on fossil fuels. But new standards for transparency of exposure to climate risk can help smooth the transition. Development banks like Mexico’s NAFIN can lead the way by integrating climate-change targets into their governance, strategies, and structures, writes Marisol Rentería Bravo (Nacional Financiera).

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    Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia

Una paz violenta: el asesinato de líderes sociales como estrategia de control territorial en Colombia

Una consecuencia no intencionada del proceso de paz en Colombia ha sido el recrudecimiento de los asesinatos de líderes de comunidades locales, con más de 500 asesinatos ocurridos desde el 2011. Estos líderes han sido asesinados principalmente por grupos armados ilegales que no participaron del proceso de paz, con el objetivo de ejercer control en zonas previamente controladas por las […]

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    A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia

A violent peace: killing social leaders for territorial control in Colombia

One crucial unintended consequence of the Colombian peace process has been a surge in the targeted killing of local community leaders, with over 500 assassinated since 2011. Leaders tend to be killed by armed groups excluded from the peace process that aim to thwart civilian mobilisation in order to consolidate control over formerly FARC-held areas. Those areas with higher judicial inefficiency and where […]

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    Big in 2018: our most popular articles in a turbulent year for Latin America and the Caribbean

Big in 2018: our most popular articles in a turbulent year for Latin America and the Caribbean

Taking a look at ten of our of most popular blogs from 2018, it’s clear that it has been a year of major upheaval in the region. Key issues have been the diverging populisms of AMLO’s Mexico and Bolsonaro’s Brazil, the crumbling of two-party politics in El Salvador, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

But wider trends have also persisted, as reflected in China’s growing […]

January 2nd, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|
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    Between ghost unions and automation, reforming Mexico’s labour market will be a major challenge

Between ghost unions and automation, reforming Mexico’s labour market will be a major challenge

Mexican workers are paid less and work more than their counterparts in the rest of the OECD, and the situation has only been getting worse. By broaching reform Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador has taken a step in the right direction, but he inherits a labour market plagued by informality, precarity, and lack of union representation, whereas automation poses a serious threat in the longer […]

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    Caribbean ‘frontier societies’ like St Vincent are defined by the ever-present interplay between the civilised and the wild

Caribbean ‘frontier societies’ like St Vincent are defined by the ever-present interplay between the civilised and the wild

Historical shifts and contemporary changes in St Vincent and the Grenadines reveal how the frontier between the wild and the civilised is ever-present and continually shifting in the Caribbean and beyond. Colonisers once recoiled from untameable peoples and landscapes, as did the establishment from “out of control” self-organising religious movements like the Shaker Baptists. Yet today the modern frontiersmen of the illicit […]

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    Panama could soon become China’s gateway to Latin America thanks to an imminent free trade agreement

Panama could soon become China’s gateway to Latin America thanks to an imminent free trade agreement

Since Panama established diplomatic relations with China in June 2017, the two countries have developed an incredibly strong relationship. Only geostrategic sensitivities relating to the trade war between China and the US have prevented the two countries from announcing the conclusion (in record time) of a bilateral free trade agreement. But it is now a matter of when not if, […]

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    Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Acto de equilibrismo de AMLO para enfrentar los retos a la democracia y economía de México

Después de ganar las elecciones de México por un amplio margen, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) asumirá la Presidencia el 1 de diciembre. Que su nuevo partido, Morena, cuente con mayorías en ambas cámaras del Congreso le facilitará la adopción de las reformas que ha propuesto. Pero expectativas, tanto sobre el declive democrático como de la continuidad económica, resultan difícil […]

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    AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

AMLO’s balancing act: the democratic and economic challenges facing Mexico’s new president

The inauguration of Mexico’s new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) will take place on 1 December after his landslide win in recent elections. Common expectations about democratic decline and economic continuity appear wide of the mark, but popular consultations on Texcoco airport and ten major development projects do create new economic uncertainties, writes Graciana del Castillo (City University of New York).