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Geopolitics / South America

Chile, Bachelet and the Ostensible ‘Lurch to the Left’

Chile, Bachelet and the Ostensible ‘Lurch to the Left’

Nov 29, 2013 at 15:58 | Southern Pulse

Bottom Line: How far left will Bachelet take Chile? Not as far as it might seem in the face of continual political stalemate.

China Optimistic on Peru Outlook, but Other Investors Wary

China Optimistic on Peru Outlook, but Other Investors Wary

Nov 08, 2013 at 16:55 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: China’s optimism as it enters final talks to acquire Petrobras’ assets in Peru is not shared yet with other potential foreign investors as the country fails to make…

Elections in Argentina May Quicken Investment Pace

Elections in Argentina May Quicken Investment Pace

Oct 25, 2013 at 16:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: Opposition to the economic policies of President Cristina Fernández Kirchner will translate into votes for anti-kirchneristas, and may contribute to a quicker pace of investment going into 2014.

Push-Back from Investors Improves Libra Prospects

Push-Back from Investors Improves Libra Prospects

Oct 18, 2013 at 16:41 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: In its final rules for the Libra auction scheduled for 21 October, the government of Brazil loosened the mandate to permit the winning bidder to retain 50% of…

China to Stake Claim off Brazil’s Coast

China to Stake Claim off Brazil’s Coast

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: China likely to stake a claim off Brazil’s coast through Libra pre-salt auction, but at a potentially high environmental cost for Brazil.Analysis: Given the small field…

Risks Abound in Mexico’s New Oil Laws

Risks Abound in Mexico’s New Oil Laws

Aug 29, 2013 at 17:01 | Global Risk Insights

Much has been made of the recent announcement that Mexico is seeking to update its oil laws, allowing foreign companies a role in the industry for the first time…

Exploring for Oil in Nicaragua: Friends in High Places

Exploring for Oil in Nicaragua: Friends in High Places

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:30 | Southern Pulse

On 17 July, Nicaragua announced that US-based Noble Energy would invest $30 million in drilling two offshore wells in the Caribbean—launching Nicaragua’s first-ever oil exploration. The wells will be drilled…

Sweetening the Deal for Foreign Investors in Mexico

Sweetening the Deal for Foreign Investors in Mexico

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Mexico proceeds towards oil and gas liberalization and the modernization of state-run Pemex, it’s taking steps to lure in private companies by lifting restrictions on registering the…

Brazil’s Oil Profits to Fund Education, Healthcare

Brazil’s Oil Profits to Fund Education, Healthcare

Aug 21, 2013 at 17:10 | Southern Pulse

Brazil’s decision to earmark 100% of profits from sub-salt production to education and healthcare is a major step toward assuaging public hostility stemming from perceived injustice on the part of…

US and China Battle it Out for Latin America

US and China Battle it Out for Latin America

Jul 10, 2013 at 16:50 | ISN Security Watch

According to Robert Valencia, China is vying for greater economic influence in Latin America, to include possibly constructing and operating an alternative ‘Panama Canal’ through Nicaragua. One unanticipated consequence of…


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