Find out about what's going on in Latin America and Iberia with some of our latest publications.
Colombia at the crossroad: Canning Papers
This report applies a form of scenario planning to Colombia over the next decade. It notes the strategic and economic importance of the country within Latin America, as the number three both in population size (48.3m in 2013) and by the value of its GDP (US$378.1bn, also in 2013)1.
Understanding security in Latin America: Canning Papers
‘Latin America is the most violent region of the world.’ This has been a fre- quent headline, both in the region and beyond, since April, when the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Unodc) released its most recent (2013) Global Study on Homicide. It was not actually news but it did dovetail with the widespread use of homicide rates as the yardstick of insecurity in Latin America — even though there is no automatic correlation between those rates and the public perception of insecurity. It is not the only case of wide- spread reliance on assumptions that hinder a useful understanding of the issue. This paper does not pretend to offer the ‘correct’ formula, but to iden- tify and help avoid the pitfalls.
Central America: Canning Papers
Central America has experienced significant transformations in the last 25 years, moving from war to peace, from dictatorship to democracy and from a state-led, agricultural-based model to a market-oriented, service-based one. Governments in the region are increasingly focused on attracting for- eign direct investment (FDI) and promoting new non-traditional agriculture and manufacturing exports.
China and Latin America, 2014-2016: Three Dimensions: Canning Papers
Since late April, widespread commentary in mainstream media has alluded to the possibility that, by some measures, China may overtake the United States (US) to become the world’s largest national economy before the end of 2014. Whether or not this happens, it remains true that developments in China have considerably greater potential to affect economies in Latin America than they used to. The title of this paper, ‘China and Latin America, 2014-2016: Three Dimensions’ reflects several aspects of the relationship between the country and the region that we consider important.
Whither trade blocs in Latin America?: Canning Papers
Following last month’s Canning Paper, which described the rivalry and com- parative performance of Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance, this report takes a broader look at the experience of trade blocs in Latin America over the past two decades. It notes that relative to the claims for free trade the results of the process of economic integration have been disappointing, giving rise to intense dispute and rival initiatives.
Mercosur vs. the Pacific Alliance: Canning Papers
This report compares and contrasts two Latin American trade blocs: the long-standing Mercosur alliance (the Southern Common Market formed by Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay in 1994, with Venezuela becoming a full member in 2012) and the more recently created Pacific Alliance (formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru in June 2012).