Find out about what's going on in Latin America and Iberia with some of our latest publications.
The Canning Agenda: A long way to go: Canning Papers
In 2010 the British government announced its intention to re-engage with Latin America. Five years on, this report seeks to establish the degree to which the UK has succeeded in this, and how the government can help maintain and accelerate the progress of a revitalized relationship between the UK and Latin America.
Brazil and Mexico – cold shoulder or warm embrace?: Canning Papers
Brazil and Mexico, the world’s seventh and fifteenth largest economies respectively, account for 55% of Latin America's population, over half of its GDP and 58% of its exports. Yet bilateral merchandise trade between the two in 2014 was a relatively trifling US$9.2bn, down from a record high of just US$10.2bn in 2012. Despite numerous attempts to forge closer ties over the past twenty years, self-interest has repeatedly scuppered approximation. There are signs, however, that recent engagement may result in a more significant and productive relationship.
Argentina in 2015 and Beyond: Canning Papers
A political era is ending in Argentina. Over three consecutive four-year presidential terms since 2003, the country has been governed by the Kirchners: starting with the late Néstor Kirchner, who was president in 2003-2007 and was then succeeded then by his wife, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in 2009 (Néstor died in 2010). During that time, the economy experienced some impressively high growth rates, but since the ending of the commodities boom and the intensification of the government’s interventionist and heterodox economic policies, things have got worse. In particular, Argentina has been dogged in recent years by disputes with its foreign creditors, along with US dollar scarcities, high domestic inflation and stagnant economic growth. General elections are due to be held in October 2015, and this paper looks forward to what might be in store.
Election Watch 2015: Canning Papers
After a busy election year in 2014, with general elections in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Panama, Brazil and Uruguay, in 2015 all eyes will be on Argentina, where the end of the radical left-wing Kirchner era looks nigh, but Peronism looks set to live on, albeit dressed more moderately.
Mexico: at the crossroads: Canning Papers
This report was written when Mexico — the second largest country in Latin America by size of population and economy, a neighbour and partner of the US, one of the world’s top 15 economies, and a member of important interna- tional ‘clubs’ such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Devel- opment (OECD), the G20 group of developed economies, and the Pacific Alliance — is on the cusp of major changes.
Doing it differently: hi tech and innovation in Latin America: Canning Papers
Companies are like living organisms. They are born, they grow, they shrink, they die, sometimes they go to sleep for a while, sometimes they revive: some split in two and some have children. Not for nothing have their twists and turns been likened to a process of ‘creative destruction’.