Adam Isacson's Latin America Blog

Oct 21

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Mexico

Venezuela

Nice to see that the mayor who resisted all attempts to rename a Santiago, Chile neighborhood’s “September 11 Street” (see my photo from May 2013) has been arrested for human rights crimes committed during the Pinochet dictatorship.

Yikes. Here’s the evolution, over the past 10 years, of Venezuelans’ opinion of whether the country is in a “positive” or “negative” situation.

From the latest Datanálisis poll, available here.

Yikes. Here’s the evolution, over the past 10 years, of Venezuelans’ opinion of whether the country is in a “positive” or “negative” situation.

From the latest Datanálisis poll, available here.

Oct 20

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Cuba

Mexico

Venezuela

Oct 19

I just added a bunch of new updates to my timeline of Colombia’s peace process.

It’s huge, and I still have to fill in a lot from March to July, when it sort of got away from me. But I hope this resource can be helpful to people not just now, but decades from now. It’s becoming a remarkable record of what happened as Colombians tried to bring one of the world’s oldest conflicts to an end.

Oct 17

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Friday, October 17, 2014

Argentina, Chile

Bolivia, Western Hemisphere Regional

Brazil

Colombia, Ecuador

Mexico

Paraguay

Peru

Venezuela

Oct 16

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Brazil

Central America Regional, Mexico

Colombia

Ecuador

Mexico

Peru

Venezuela

Oct 15

This sort of jumped out at me when I attended the defense ministers’ conference as an observer this week.

The remarkable overlap in these two maps says much about the state of U.S.-Latin American relations, and the state of diplomatic relations within Latin America, in 2014.

Of the countries that did not send a minister, most are currently governed by leaders who want to diminish the role that the United States has historically played in their, and the region’s, affairs. By extension, they have diminished their participation in regional organizations, like the OAS, the Summits of the Americas, and the CDMAs, in which the United States is a significant actor.

The South American defense ministers who sat out this week’s conference, for instance, rarely miss a meeting of the South American Defense Council, a unit of UNASUR, the decade-old Union of South American States. The United States is absent from those gatherings.

This sort of jumped out at me when I attended the defense ministers’ conference as an observer this week.

The remarkable overlap in these two maps says much about the state of U.S.-Latin American relations, and the state of diplomatic relations within Latin America, in 2014.

Of the countries that did not send a minister, most are currently governed by leaders who want to diminish the role that the United States has historically played in their, and the region’s, affairs. By extension, they have diminished their participation in regional organizations, like the OAS, the Summits of the Americas, and the CDMAs, in which the United States is a significant actor.

The South American defense ministers who sat out this week’s conference, for instance, rarely miss a meeting of the South American Defense Council, a unit of UNASUR, the decade-old Union of South American States. The United States is absent from those gatherings.

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brazil

Central America Regional, Guatemala

Cuba

Mexico

Venezuela

From The Economist. Yikes: Venezuela needs oil to be US$120 a barrel in order for its government budget to break even. Oil is nowhere near that.

From The Economist. Yikes: Venezuela needs oil to be US$120 a barrel in order for its government budget to break even. Oil is nowhere near that.

Oct 13

Hello from Arequipa, Peru. Today I’m an observer at the conference of defense ministers of the Americas. Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, is talking. The gray hair in the foreground is U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Hello from Arequipa, Peru. Today I’m an observer at the conference of defense ministers of the Americas. Peru’s president, Ollanta Humala, is talking. The gray hair in the foreground is U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Oct 10

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bolivia

Colombia

Cuba

Mexico

Peru

Oct 09

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brazil, Colombia, Peru

Chile, Colombia, Peru

Colombia

Cuba

Guatemala

Mexico

Nicaragua

Uruguay

Venezuela

Oct 08

Some articles I found interesting this morning

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brazil

Colombia

Cuba, Western Hemisphere Regional

Ecuador

Mexico

Venezuela

Western Hemisphere Regional