Americas

  • Ticking clock: Mercosur and the E.U. race towards a trade deal

    September 28, 2017

    After decades of talks Mercosur, a four-nation bloc that is South America’s nearest equivalent to the European Union, is nearing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the E.U. Amid protectionist clouds gathering on both sides of the Atlantic, the clock is ticking to reach a deal, with agriculture assuming its perennial place as the main bone of contention.

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  • Political risks bedevil Trump’s American coal dream

    August 30, 2017

    The current administration in the United States is attempting to revive the nation’s struggling coal industry and fulfil President Donald J. Trump’s campaign promise to restore coal jobs. The plan, consisting of a rollback in regulations to allow mining on federal land, is likely to increase both political and protest risk rather than spur meaningful resurgence for the industry. A trade dispute with Canada and environmental concerns in the U.S. pose obstacles to Trump’s coal goals.

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  • Situation report: Increasing violence in Jamaica

    August 2, 2017

    Jamaica has seen a major increase in murders over the past several months, likely as a result of shifts within the country's criminal underworld that threaten to seriously impact business and the country's large tourism sector.

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  • Organised crime in Colombia: The growing neo-paramilitary threat

    July 17, 2017

    The Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, a criminal enterprise composed of hardened paramilitary fighters and wanted war criminals, is now threatening to expand throughout Colombia, taking over the guerrilla group’s extortion, kidnapping, illegal mining, drug trafficking, and terrorist operations, and threatening personnel and firms operating in the country.

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  • Situation report: Argentina’s federal mining accord

    July 5, 2017

    Argentina has moved to harmonise its provincial mining laws, but risks remain.

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