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February 21, 2019

Venezuela
Amid Political Uncertainties, Venezuela’s Oil Industry Situation Worsens

Back in 2013, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had ambitious plans for expansion of its oil production capacity. Its leaders envisioned eight new projects in the Orinoco Belt region that would requ…

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, reacts during a meeting with volunteers to coordinate humanitarian aid in Caracas, Venezuela

February 20, 2019

Americas
AMLO’s Venezuela “neutrality” is anything but

Lopez Obrador’s tacit support for Maduro will diminish his political capital at home and abroad.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador looks on during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 26, 2018.

January 28, 2019

Venezuela
No Easy Path for Venezuela’s Oil in the Struggle for a Transition in Power

In early 2003, when debate was surfacing in the United States whether to invade Iraq, a Council on Foreign Relations working group drafted a monograph outlining the problems that such a policy would …

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales, speaks to the media after a holy Mass at a local church in Caracas, Venezuela, January 27, 2019

September 27, 2018

Puerto Rico
Will the Proposed Restructuring of COFINA Bonds Assure Puerto Rico’s Return to Debt Sustainability?

Puerto Rico’s government and the bulk of the holders of Puerto Rico’s Sales tax backed bonds (COFINA) appear to have reached agreement on restructuring terms (details here). The deal will reduce Puer…

Will the Proposed Restructuring of COFINA Bonds Assure Puerto Rico’s Return to Debt Sustainability?

September 18, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Conflict as an Academic Discipline: It’s Not All Doom-and-Gloom

Although there are challenges facing the study of cyber conflict, they are not insurmountable. 

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October 26, 2017

Puerto Rico
Repowering Puerto Rico with Solar a Worthwhile Goal, But Harder Than It Sounds

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, there is an opportunity for Puerto Rico to reconstruct its energy infrastructure to be more resilient and efficient. However, if short-term rebuilding is prioritized o…

Tesla installs solar power at children's hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico

June 27, 2017

South America
South America's Turn to Deadlock

Scholars of Latin America spent much of the first decade of this century discussing the causes and consequences of the region's turn to the left, under Venezuela's Chávez, Argentina's Kirchners, Braz…

Rodrigo Garrido

October 18, 2016

Americas
Latin America’s Populist Hangover

In my piece published in the November/December 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs, I lay out the economic and political characteristics of populism, analyze why it is receding in Latin America today, and …

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October 12, 2016

Americas
Mexico’s Corrupt Governors

Last June, Mexico elected new governors in twelve of its thirty-one states. As millions of voters went to the urns, corruption was a top concern (along with insecurity). Eight states saw the incumben…

Javier Duarte, governor of the state of Veracruz, attends a news conference in Xalapa, Mexico, August 10, 2015 (Reuters/Stringer).

October 11, 2016

United States
Mexico’s Corrupt Governors

Last June, Mexico elected new governors in twelve of its thirty-one states. As millions of voters went to the urns, corruption was a top concern (along with insecurity). Eight states saw the incumben…

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