• VENEZUELA: Oil sector decline illustrative of wider economic collapse

    November 26, 2018

    Amid stubborn political and economic turmoil, Venezuela’s oil production has halved in less than four years. Despite holding the world’s largest proven oil reserves, the country’s current output of just under 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) is less than one-fifth of that pumped by Russia, the world’s biggest producer, and lower than output in countries much less well-known for ...

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  • Election watch: U.S. mid-terms put checks on president’s powers

    November 7, 2018

    On 6 November, voters across the U.S. went to the polls to vote in midterm elections, which mark the halfway point in the presidential term. In their first major opportunity to cast verdict on the administration of President Donald Trump, voters delivered a nuanced and inconclusive message. While the Democratic Party wrestled the House of Representatives, the lower house, away from Republican Party (GOP) control, the latter extended its majority in the upper chamber, the Senate. In giving the Democrats checks on the president’s power, the results have important implications for the rest of Trump’s presidential term and give the first clues as to possible outcomes of the 2020 presidential race.

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  • Mexico: How will doing business change under Amlo?

    October 1, 2018

    In July 2018, Mexicans chose veteran leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador to be their next president. While his election initially frightened the markets, announcements made since have begun to shed light on the emerging operating environment which businesses will face during his six-year term.

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  • Judicial development threatens privatisations in Brazil

    August 1, 2018

    Since Michel Temer became president in August 2016, Brazil has implemented a range of pro-market policies designed to reboot the country’s economy. An important part of this was Temer’s privatisation agenda, however this is now being challenged by political and judicial developments.

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  • Surge in violence heightens risks in Mexico

    July 5, 2018

    Mexico’s next president, veteran leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will face an array of challenges on taking office on 1 December 2018. His immediate focus will likely be on improving the security climate, which has significantly deteriorated in the last three years.

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