Monthly Risk Spotlight: September 2022

AMERICAS Upcoming Presidential Election in Brazil After four years with Jair Bolsonaro as President, Brazil is scheduled to hold elections on Sunday, October 2 to select a new President. This vote, which also elects the National Congress and take place simultaneously with state legislative/executive elections, looms large as two controversial candidates compete to be reelected…. Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: August 2022

AMERICAS Domestic Spending and Global Factors Force Economic Crisis on Argentina On 28 July it was announced that Argentina was about to swear in its third Minister of Economy in less than a month. The announcement comes after the original minister resigned citing a lack of political support and the second was removed just three… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: July 2022

AMERICAS Protests and Root Causes in Ecuador On 28 June Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador’s first center right President elected in close to two decades, narrowly avoided being impeached after just over a year in office. What precipitated that vote, which saw 80 national assembly representatives support the measure (just 12 shy of the 92 needed to… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: June 2022

AMERICAS New President, New Colombia? On Sunday, June 19, Colombia held its Presidential runoff elections. The election pitted two very different populists against each other, with both considered anti-establishment by traditional Colombia political elites. Gustavo Petro received more than 50% of the vote over challenger Rodolfo Hernandez and will become Colombia’s next President. Petro’s election… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: May 2022

AMERICAS Cyber Risk and Preparedness in Latin America On 27 April, the Russian cybercrime group, Conti, announced that it had hacked the Peruvian Dirrección General de Inteligencia (National Directorate of Intelligence) and would release sensitive information if payment was not made. This comes after Costa Rica’s Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Finance servers were… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: April 2022

AMERICAS Global Prices Spark Unrest in Peru Peru is facing significant unrest as protesters have clashed with police and disrupted overland transit throughout much of country, including Lima and Ica, since late March. The story of how these protests were initiated and progressed is one of multiple chain reactions and exhibits how in a globalized… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: March 2022

AMERICAS Prospects for US/Venezuelan Relations Amid Rising Energy Prices On March 5, high-level US officials met with Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, in Caracas’s Presidential Palace for most strategic discussions between the US and Venezuela in over two years. Topics discussed included the ongoing detainment of nine US citizens/permanent residents of Venezuela and “regional energy security.”… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: February 2022

AMERICAS Journalism and Targeted Violence in Mexico In an unfortunate start to 2022, four Mexican journalists were killed this past January, including two in the city of Tijuana. Their names are Maldonado López, Margarito Martínez, Roberto Toledo, and José Luis Gamboa, and their deaths were made worse by the fact that all four were actively… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: December 2021

AMERICAS Chile to Choose Between Polarizing Candidates in Upcoming Presidential Elections Chile is electing a new President this month. After initial elections on 21 November did not result in a single candidate receiving a majority, Jose Antonio Kast (~28%) and Gabriel Boric (~26%) will compete in a final runoff election on Sunday, 19 December. Both… Read more »

Monthly Risk Spotlight: November 2021

AMERICAS US Introduces New Entry Requirements On Monday, 8 November US President Joe Biden issued a new proclamation regarding international travel which simultaneously lifted and implemented restrictions with significant implications for those hoping to travel to the US. For close to two years since early 2020 the US restricted nearly all travelers who at any… Read more »