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Weekly Report - 01 December 2022 (WR-22-48)

More than a year after the previous attempt at dialogue collapsed in acrimony, Venezuela’s government and opposition reached an agreement on 26 November to request access to frozen assets abroad in order to address the social and humanitarian crises afflicting the country.

Weekly Report - 24 November 2022 (WR-22-47)

In the same week that he marked his first 100 days in office, Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro celebrated major progress on two key pledges in his campaign manifesto.

Weekly Report - 17 November 2022 (WR-22-46)

The first international trip of president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva this week signposted a stark impending change in Brazil’s position on climate change - especially the issue of deforestation of the Amazon - when he succeeds President Jair Bolsonaro on 1 January.

Weekly Report - 10 November 2022 (WR-22-45)

“This is the first time in our country’s history that the public voted thinking of their families’ well-being and not of political parties…convinced that there is no other course than that of voting for the Frente Sandinista.” This was President Daniel Ortega’s response to the 6 November municipal elections in Nicaragua which produced a clean sweep for his party, taking all 153 municipalities, up from 135 in the previous 2017 election.

Weekly Report - 03 November 2022 (WR-22-44)

The most polarised electoral process in Brazil’s recent history concluded on 30 October with former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) of the left-wing Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) winning 50.9% of the vote to 49.1% for President Jair Bolsonaro of the right-wing Partido Liberal (PL).

Weekly Report - 27 October 2022 (WR-22-43)

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó, already battling slipping international support for his claim to be the country’s legitimate president, is now facing widening fissures within his fractious Plataforma Unitaria Democrática (PUD) coalition.

Weekly Report - 13 October 2022 (WR-22-41)

President Gustavo Petro signed a ground-breaking accord this week in his concerted efforts to address the vexed issue of land reform in Colombia, which lies at the heart of the country’s long-running armed conflict.

Weekly Report - 06 October 2022 (WR-22-40)

All opinion polls conducted by widely recognised research institutes in Brazil suggested that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) of the leftist Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) would win with a comfortable advantage of 10-17 percentage points over President Jair Bolsonaro, from the Partido Liberal (PL), in the elections on 2 October.

Weekly Report - 29 September 2022 (WR-22-39)

Seven years after Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro closed the Colombia-Venezuela border to vehicle traffic, his Colombian counterpart, President Gustavo Petro, stood on the Simón Bolívar international bridge on 26 September to watch the first lorries cross into Venezuela since 2015.

Weekly Report - 22 September 2022 (WR-22-38)

A damning United Nations report accused Venezuela’s security forces this week of systematically engaging in “crimes against humanity” in order to crush opposition to the Bolivarian government led by President Nicolás Maduro.

Weekly Report - 21 July 2022 (WR-22-29)

The capture of Rafael Caro Quintero, the long-pursued founder of the now-defunct Guadalajara drug trafficking organisation (DTO) on 15 July, seemed like the perfect opportunity for Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to tout the success of bilateral security cooperation with the US.

Weekly Report - 23 June 2022 (WR-22-25)

For the first time in history Colombia will have an out-and-out left-wing president in August after Gustavo Petro defeated his populist rival, Rodolfo Hernández, in the second round of elections on 19 June.

Weekly Report - 09 June 2022 (WR-22-23)

In the space of just eight years Mexico’s left-wing Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena) has risen to supplant the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) whose state-level dominance stretched back nearly a century.

Weekly Report - 19 May 2022 (WR-22-20)

The well-meaning but improvised attempt by the government led by President Gabriel Boric to resolve a longstanding conflict with the indigenous Mapuche came to an abrupt end on 16 May when the interior minister, Izkia Siches, decreed a state of exception in two regions in southern Chile.

Weekly Report - 12 May 2022 (WR-22-19)

Peru has hardly been renowned for political stability in recent years, but since President Pedro Castillo took office in July last year scarcely a day has gone by without some new incident heightening political uncertainty.

Weekly Report - 21 April 2022 (WR-22-16)

“The key lesson is we need a dialogue with other political forces.” This was the conclusion of Chile’s President Gabriel Boric after deputies in the lower chamber of congress shot down both the early pension withdrawal initiative his government opposed and the alternative bill his government proposed.

Weekly Report - 27 January 2022 (WR-22-04)

There is nothing quite like the release of the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) by the Berlin-based NGO Transparency International (TI) to engender debate among policymakers, the business community, and civil society.

Weekly Report - 20 January 2022 (WR-22-03)

While a repeat of the 13 days of acute tensions that unfolded during the Cuban Missile Crisis remains a remote prospect, memories have been stirred nearly 60 years on from the political and military standoff of 1962 after Russian government officials responded to mounting tensions over Ukraine by suggesting that Russia could send military assets to allies in Latin America, namely Cuba and Venezuela.
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