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Weekly Report - 30 July 2020 (WR-20-30)

The polarisation that has characterised Mexican politics for much of the mandate of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was conspicuous by its absence this week when the ruling left-wing Movimiento de Regeneración Nacional (Morena) and the political opposition expressed their support for a pension reform proposal sent to congress by the government, and jointly settled upon new electoral councillors to oversee the plethora of federal, state, and municipal elections in 2021.

Weekly Report - 23 July 2020 (WR-20-29)

Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera suffered a profound setback on 22 July when rebel members of his ruling right-of-centre Chile Vamos coalition teamed up with the opposition in the senate to drive through a pension initiative his government had fought tooth and nail.

Weekly Report - 11 June 2020 (WR-20-23)

As we go to press on 11 June a small group of US soldiers is poised to complete two weeks of compulsory quarantine in Colombia ahead of its deployment with a view to enhancing counter-narcotics cooperation between the US and Colombian security forces.

Weekly Report - 21 May 2020 (WR-20-20)

If critics of Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador were restricted to isolating just one of his faults there is a strong chance they would settle on his inflexibility, a dogmatic determination to pursue his own ideologically infused agenda irrespective of the costs.

Weekly Report - 07 May 2020 (WR-20-18)

Of all the convoluted schemes and stratagems, some real and some imagined, devised to topple the Bolivarian government since it took root in Venezuela in 1999, nothing surpasses in implausibility the plot that unfolded on 3 and 4 May.

Weekly Report - 23 April 2020 (WR-20-16)

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been compared more than once in recent days to the captain of the Titanic, as he sails through the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic with an overt disregard for the risks the disease represents to the life and wellbeing of the population he was elected to lead.

Weekly Report - 09 April 2020 (WR-20-14)

Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) was convicted in absentia on 7 April for aggravated bribery, specifically misusing his position to run a criminal network bent on obtaining bribes from firms to secure infrastructure works contracts.

Weekly Report - 26 March 2020 (WR-20-12)

The coronavirus pandemic has spawned much debate, and no shortage of media coverage, about the threat posed to fragile public health systems across Latin America and the likely economic impact on the region.

Weekly Report - 19 March 2020 (WR-20-11)

As the vast majority of Latin American countries are adopting drastic measures in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), the leaders of the region’s two economic powerhouses, jointly accounting for more than half of its population, are bucking the trend in defiance of their own government’s health strategies.

Weekly Report - 6 February 2020 (WR-20-05)

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández concluded a six-day tour of Europe on 5 February, taking him from Vatican City, where he was welcomed by Pope Francis, who organised a forum on economic solidarity that looked tailor-made for his native country, to the Élysée Palace in Paris.