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Did Saudi Arabia Play Trump?

Did Saudi Arabia Play Trump?

With a lavish welcome, Saudis…

Geopolitics / South America

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Peru and Colombia: Two Opportunities Devoid of Resource Nationalism

Mar 15, 2013 at 15:05 | Editorial Dept

While resource nationalism initiatives have scared away investors in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, Peru and Colombia are two Latin America venues that offer relatively hassle-free investment and have plenty…

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FALKLAND ISLANDS: The Real Threat—Disappointing Drilling

Mar 15, 2013 at 14:22 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As 99.8% of Falkland Islanders vote ‘yes’ in a referendum to remain a self-governing British overseas territory, Argentina rejects the referendum as meaningless. The rhetoric is likely to…

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The True Legacy of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez

Mar 06, 2013 at 13:48 | John Daly

Venezuela’s President, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, succumbed to cancer on 5 March. Vice President Nicolás Maduro announced on state television that Chávez died in Caracas at 4:25 p.m. local time,…

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COLOMBIA: Oil Production Up, but FARC Still Targeting Infrastructure

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:32 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Colombia’s oil production is up to an average of 1.01 billion barrels per day as of January 2013—the first time it’s surpassed the targeted 1 billion barrel mark.…

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INVESTOR WARNING: Bolivia Nationalizes Airport Management Company

Feb 22, 2013 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: Evo Morales’ expropriation of Servicios de Aeropuertos Bolivianos SA (SABSA)--a subsidiary of the Spanish businesses Abertis and Aena--is another warning for foreign investors in Bolivia. SABSA managed the…

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What to Expect from a Post-Chavez Venezuela

Jan 11, 2013 at 17:02 | Daniel J. Graeber

It's unlikely that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will return to power after missing his Thursday inauguration because of ongoing cancer treatment in Cuba. That leaves Vice President Nicolas Maduro…

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Can Hugo Chavez's New Term of Government Start without Him?

Jan 07, 2013 at 16:55 | Gregory R. Copley

Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in…

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If Chavez Dies, What Next for U.S. - Venezuelan Energy Relations?

Dec 19, 2012 at 17:15 | John Daly

Despite contradictory information from Caracas, one thing is clear – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the country’s chief executive since 1998, is a very sick man.Having won reelection in…

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Colombia: Will Negotiations Work This Time?

Oct 01, 2012 at 16:56 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Pres. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia is working toward the start of negotiations to end the protracted civil war with FARC and to essentially end FARC’s significant position in…

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Business as Usual for Big Oil Despite Falkland Tensions

Jul 05, 2012 at 17:44 | Jen Alic

While tensions between Britain and Argentina have been rising as a natural response to the 30th anniversary of the Falkland War, oil is the primary driver of a renewed Falkland…

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