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April 3, 2015

Brazil
After Brazil’s Boom, Bust?

The corruption scandal rocking oil giant Petrobras has far-reaching consequences for Brazil’s economy, says Eurasia Group’s director for Latin America, João Augusto de Castro Neves.

April 18, 2018

Cuba
What Is Cuba’s Post-Castro Future?

Miguel Diaz-Canel, set to replace Raul Castro as president of Cuba after sixty years of Castro rule, will be faced with the challenges of implementing economic reform and sidestepping regional isolat…

Cuba After the Castros

October 4, 2010

Brazil
Brazil’s Evolutionary Election

Dilma Rousseff, favored to win Brazil’s upcoming presidential runoff, would likely fall short on economic reform and tone down the current president’s "hyperactive diplomacy," says analyst João Augus…

November 4, 2003

Cuba
Cuba Expert Sweig: ’We Need a New Approach’ to Castro

Julia E. Sweig, the Council on Foreign Relations’ top Cuba expert, says there is considerable pressure from congressional Republicans to ease the U.S. trade embargo on Havana by opening up travel and…

March 10, 2006

Americas
Sweig: Rice, Hughes Aim to Show Relations with South America "Not as Negative as they are Perceived to Be"

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes prepare for their trip to South America, CFR Senior Fellow Julia Sweig says the United States must…

February 28, 2012

Cuba
The Frozen U.S.-Cuba Relationship

Under President Raul Castro, Cuba has begun economic and political reforms while bolstering ties with Brazil and the Vatican. But Washington has failed to seize on opportunities for expanding relatio…

April 15, 2011

Cuba
Cuba’s Reform-Minded Party Congress

As Cuba’s Communist Party convenes this weekend for the first time in fourteen years, President Raul Castro will look to clarify and gain support for economic reforms. CFR’s Julia Sweig says the coun…

September 10, 2014

Brazil
A Presidential Protest Vote in Brazil?

With the economy in recession, public infrastructure projects lagging, and last year’s protests still resonating, the public mood in Brazil is far less optimistic than when Dilma Rousseff rose to the…

September 11, 2006

Cuba
Latell: A Post-Fidel Cuba Likely to Experiment with Economic Reforms

Brian Latell, who for many years was the CIA’s top Cuban and Latin American analyst, says if Fidel Castro is unable to recover from his ailments his successors are likely to be more willing to experi…

June 12, 2003

Brazil
Council Expert Maxwell: Brazil’s President Surprises Friends and Foes

Kenneth R. Maxwell, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Director of Latin America Studies, says that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s left-leaning president who is known as Lula, has surp…