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Geopolitics / South America

ARGENTINA: Massive Potential, Bad Politics

May 03, 2013 at 15:50 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Argentina has one of the largest gas and oil deposits in the world, but politics makes this a conundrum for foreign investors. Political mismanagement, especially on the part…

PARAGUAY: Cartes Election Victory Good for Business

Apr 26, 2013 at 12:59 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The victory of Colorado Party candidate Horacio Cartes in Paraguay’s presidential elections on 21 April sets the stage for a strengthening of the oil and gas industry and…

Colombian Insurgencies Continue to Target Foreign Energy, Mining Companies

Apr 19, 2013 at 19:05 | John Daly

Nowhere else in the world is the disparity between rich and poor so extreme as in Latin America.Beginning in the late 1950s with the triumph of Fidel Castro’s…

Foreign Oil & Gas Companies Look to Status Quo in Venezuela

Apr 15, 2013 at 17:03 | Charles Kennedy

Now that Nicolas Maduro—the late Hugo Chavez’s choice for successor—has narrowly won Sunday’s presidential elections in Venezuela, oil and gas investors can expect a perpetuation of the status quo.

Maduro May Open Oil Doors, But For Who?

Apr 15, 2013 at 16:55 | Daniel J. Graeber

The apparent victory for Nicolos Maduro in the Venezuelan presidential election may give the United States a sense of hope for improved ties with the Latin American oil giant. His…

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…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Business as Usual for Big Oil Despite Falkland Tensions

Jul 05, 2012 at 17:44 | Charles Kennedy

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…

How Energy Independence Influences Brazilian Geopolitics

Apr 03, 2012 at 17:35 | Geopolitical Monitor

Brazil is a rare gem, a rising power that has put itself on the path of energy independence thanks to a combination of forward-looking energy policies and newly discovered oil…

Brazil's Desire for Superpower Status

Nov 03, 2011 at 08:49 | Editorial Dept

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The Chilean Winter and Return of Student Activism

Aug 08, 2011 at 07:37 | John Daly

While the United States and Europe stagger around blindsided by their self-inflicted economic wounds, the rest of the world has been enthralled by the dramatic events occurring in the Middle…

Brazil Reiterates Support for Argentina over Falklands

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:44 | John Daly

The British lion south of the border is looking more than a tad scrofulous these days. On 29 July in the wake of a meeting between Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez…

The Quiet Revolution: Latin America Moving Away from Washington’s Influence

Aug 01, 2011 at 07:22 | John Daly

Perhaps the biggest foreign-policy story of the past decade, thoroughly overlooked by the American media after 9/11 and its subsequent monomaniacal focus on terrorism, security and the wars in Iraq…

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