Analysis Brief

Vying Claims on Bolivia's Energy

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Evo Morales, Bolivia's populist president, has nationalized his country's energy industry. The decision will have specific economic ramifications, and possibly broader political ones in a region that lacks a coherent identity.

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U.S. Challenges in South America

Secretary Rice and U.S. public diplomacy chief Karen Hughes travel to South America this week for the inauguration of Chile's first woman president, Michelle Bachelet. The trip could signal a new focus on South America, at a time when a growing number of leftist governments in the region pose questions for U.S. policies there.

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Bolivia's Nationalization of Oil and Gas

Author: Carin Zissis

In a region seen as turning leftward, forging alliances would seem a natural course of events. But Bolivian President Evo Morales' decision to nationalize the oil and gas industry is exposing tensions, causing experts to say there is more diffusion than alliance-building in Latin America.

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CIP: Bolivia: Coming to Terms with Diversity

As head of Congress and the major political operator for President Evo Morales, Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera stands in the eye of a political hurricane. The changes proposed by the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) government have unleashed protest from conservative sectors of society, leading to suspension of the Constituent Assembly called to revamp the nation's political institutions. Laura Carlsen from Center for International Policy interviews Alvaro Garcia Linera.

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