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Weekly Report - 07 October 2021 (WR-21-40)

Not for the first time Peru’s President Pedro Castillo’s attempt to regain the initiative by announcing a major reform proposal has been completely overshadowed by political developments.

Weekly Report - 26 August 2021 (WR-21-34)

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, at odds with congress and the supreme court (STF), may knowingly or unknowingly be setting up the country for a Brazilian version of the storming of the US Capitol in the last days of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Weekly Report - 01 July 2021 (WR-21-26)

When Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández came to power in December 2019 it was widely assumed that his term in office would be defined by his government’s ability to balance economic imperatives with social demands.

Weekly Report - 10 June 2021 (WR-21-23)

Peru is poised to lurch leftwards on 28 July when Pedro Castillo will take office, assuming the electoral authorities confirm that he has narrowly defeated his right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori in the second round of presidential elections on 6 June.

Weekly Report - 03 June 2021 (WR-21-22)

Talks between the Colombian government led by President Iván Duque and the Comité Nacional del Paro (CNP), which represents some of the organisations that have been staging public protests, to end over a month of violent nationwide demonstrations appeared to be inching forward in late May.

Weekly Report - 01 April 2021 (WR-21-13)

It is too early to consign the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) to the large graveyard of integration movements in Latin America, but it is fair to say that the heady optimism that surrounded the bloc when it was formed in 1991 has well and truly faded.

Weekly Report - 25 February 2021 (WR-21-08)

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández paid an official visit to Mexico between 22 and 24 February, amid suggestions that he and his host, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, feel the time is ripe to strike up a more strategic partnership.

Weekly Report - 4 February 2021 (WR-21-05)

Colombia’s former president Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) – a key architect of the momentous 2016 peace agreement with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group – described the news this week that eight demobilised Farc leaders had been charged by the transitional justice system (JEP) with war crimes and crimes against humanity as “a historic precedent for transitional justice and the resolution of armed conflicts worldwide”.

Weekly Report - 28 January 2021 (WR-21-04)

Now that former US president Donald Trump (2017-2021) has left the White House, and an era of more measured US politics is expected under his successor Joe Biden, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro could head off in one of three foreign policy directions, Thiago Amparo, a professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) university, wrote on 24 January in his weekly column for national daily Folha de São Paulo.