Americas

  • PPK’s political crisis

    January 25, 2018

    Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, known as PPK, has found himself in the centre of a political crisis after narrowly escaping an impeachment vote and then pardoning former president Alberto Fujimori on Christmas Eve. PPK’s growing unpopularity and ensuing political uncertainty are likely to slow foreign investment in the six-month outlook.

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  • 2018 Global Risk Forecast – The Americas

    January 5, 2018

    In 2018, seven Latin American countries will hold elections, both presidential and legislative: Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela. In addition, the United States’ congressional elections could have far-reaching political consequences for the current administration.

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  • State of emergency: Mexico’s kidnapping epidemic

    December 22, 2017

    As the number of kidnappings and homicides continue to rise across Mexico, the government has introduced a new law giving the military broad powers to combat crime.

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  • Venezuela on the edge

    November 30, 2017

    After months of political and economic turmoil, Venezuela has defaulted on its sovereign debt following a series of late bond payments and missed interest payments. How much of their money that investors recoup now depends largely on political developments. 

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  • The Jones Act: Has that ship sailed?

    October 23, 2017

    After a devastating hurricane season in the Caribbean, damage to the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico has once again triggered the debate around the Jones Act. Officially named the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act was created in an effort to rebuild the American merchant shipping fleet after the first world war. The protectionist law requires cargo being moved between U.S. ports to be transported by U.S.-built, U.S.-owned, and U.S.-flagged vessels manned by a primarily American crew. The perennial Jones Act debate has resurfaced as Puerto Rico struggles to receive and distribute disaster relief aid.

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