Latin American Newsletters (LatinNews)

Latin American Newsletters (LatinNews) was founded in London in 1967 to provide expert political, economic, and security analysis on Latin America and the Caribbean. For nearly 50 years, it has been acknowledged as the foremost authority on the region.

LatinNews Consulting

In addition to its regular information resources (see below), LatinNews provides bespoke business and investment intelligence, and enhanced-due diligence services, through its LatinNews Consulting division. LatinNews Consulting is unique in the business-intelligence field, concentrating solely on Latin America and the Caribbean, where it is able to draw on an unrivalled network of in-country sources built up over 45 years of engagement with the region.

Further information on LatinNews Consulting – and the LatinNews Consulting team – can be requested via our online contact form, marked for the attention of Joe de Courcy, chief executive.

LatinNews Reports

The LatinNews portfolio of reports includes LatinNews Daily, our flagship Latin American Weekly Report (first published in April 1967), Latin American Special Reports, covering topics of key interest, the LatinNews Monitoring Centre, our four Regional Reports (Mexico & Nafta, Central America & the Caribbean, The Andean Group, and Brazil & the Southern Cone), two specialist monthlies: Latin American Economy & Business and Latin American Security & Strategic Review and an Informe Latinamericano.

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The LatinNews service is relied upon by a worldwide clientele of senior government officials, defence departments and foreign offices, multi-lateral institutions, major corporations, risk officers, analysts, investors, NGOs, academics, and universities. The loyalty of LatinNews clients is unrivalled, with some clients remaining with us for over 40 years. Here is what one of our valued clients has to say:

"LatinNews is the most important source of analysis and news provider for our institution when it comes to authentic information and accurate, insightful analyses on Latin America. LatinNews has a magnificently stimulating impact on our work in this region. The HIIK recommends the services of LatinNews whenever possible, to both experts and non-experts who have a focus on the region. LatinNews is of inestimable value for our institution."

- Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, Heideliberg University

LatinNews in the media

LatinNews on the Death of Hugo Chávez

LatinNews on Ecuador

Our People

Joe de Courcy, a publisher and business-intelligence specialist with over 30 years’ experience, is Chief Executive of Intelligence Research Ltd, publishers of the LatinNews service.

Joe graduated from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1977. The first 10 years of his career were spent in educational publishing, working in Australia, India, the Caribbean, and West Africa for Doubleday and then Harper Collins. In 1989 he took control of a family-owned company (Courcy's Intelligence, founded in 1934 and possibly the world's oldest independent political- and business-risk service). In the early 1990s, Joe founded two security publications – Terrorism & Security Monitor and Islamic Affairs Analyst – now owned by the Jane’s Information Group with whom Joe worked as a consultant for five years.

In 2000 Joe founded Intelligence Research Ltd, which shortly afterwards acquired China Watch (now owned by the Financial Times) and Latin American Newsletters. As well as developing Latin American Newsletters’ core subscription-publishing business, Joe has been the key driver in developing LatinNews Consulting, the company’s bespoke business-intelligence division.

From 2004-2012 Joe was commissioned by the UK government to specify and set up an early warning system for emerging health threats. This project included working with the G-7’s Global Health Security Initiative on a global early-alerting and reporting system for chemical and biological threats, and establishing a new open-access peer-reviewed journal - Emerging Health Threats Journal. Intelligence Research's 'Science & Security' consulting service grew out of this project.

Jon Farmer is editor of our Latin American Weekly Report, the company’s flagship publication. He was previously editor of our regional reports. Just as comfortable sitting in front of a camera as a computer, he has made numerous media appearances on news networks such as the BBC and CNN – i.e. BBC World Service Ecuador’s police uprising in October 2010. Jon has also participated in panel discussions for Canning House on key political developments in Latin America (the Honduran coup d’état in June 2009 produced a particularly lively debate), he provided briefings for British ambassadors at Canning House before their departure for Latin America and breakfast briefings with Latin American ambassadors assuming their posts in London. Jon has worked in Central America, covering elections in Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama, and has travelled extensively across the entire region. A prodigious reader on and off topic, Jon’s special interests include governance and democracy; caudillismo and political leadership; and the challenge of national and indigenous identities. Jon has an MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute of Latin American Studies (later re-named Institute for the Study of the Americas), School of Advanced Studies, University of London, where he majored in the International Politics of Latin America and Economics of Latin America. Jon started his career in journalism at the New Statesman. He has written annual country reports for Jane’s Information Group.

Eileen Gavin is our managing editor and editor of the Brazil & Southern Cone Report. Eileen began her career in the late 1990s at the Institute for European-Latin American Relations (IRELA) in Madrid, Spain, before returning to London in 2001. She has worked on Latin American & Caribbean political, economic and security affairs at leading UK research and advisory firms including The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Euromonitor International. Eileen's main interests include Latin American economic policy and international political economy. She is currently focused on Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba. Eileen joined LatinNews in mid 2008.

Sarah Sheldon joined the LatinNews team in July 2007 and is the editor of the Caribbean & Central America Report. A literature graduate from Leeds University with a Master’s degree from University College London, Sarah spent two and a half years working in Guatemala for the regional analysis weekly, Inforpress Centroamericana. She also undertook investigations, worked in an editorial capacity for local human rights groups and compiled the Nicaragua country commercial reports for the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU). Sarah has travelled widely in Central America and Bolivia, her other area of focus. Her interests include political transition and democracy, social change and human rights.

Business Development & Sales

Director of Business Development: Maria Isotalo

Subscriptions and Customer Services: Yolanda Drinot

Accounts: Simine Khalaflou

Marketing/Special Projects: Anton Dittner


Since 1967, Latin American Newsletters has been acknowledged as the foremost source of intelligence on political and economic developments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read by business executives, the financial services sector, government officials and leading academics alike, our comprehensive range of print and online resources offers subscribers a reliable, accurate and timely source of insight into key events that shape the region.

We are a close-knit, friendly team, offering a unique opportunity to gain experience of journalism and work on the current political, economic, security and social issues affecting Latin America and the Caribbean.

Previous staff members have gone on to the BBC, the FT, the Guardian, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank and other leading agencies on Latin America. Others are well known journalists, authors and academics.

Current vacancies

Since 1967, LatinNews (Latin American Newsletters) has had an unrivalled reputation for providing international companies and academic institutions with independent analysis on the political, economic and business environment in Latin America. Read by business executives, the financial services sector, government officials and leading academics, our comprehensive range of print and online resources offers subscribers a reliable, accurate and timely source of insight into key events that shape the region.

Job Opportunity: Junior staff writer at LatinNews


LatinNews, based in London, provides political, economic, business and security analysis of key developments in Latin America for business leaders, policy analysts, scholars, diplomats, and government officials globally.

LatinNews seeks a full-time junior staff writer to produce daily content for the Daily news service and assist in the editorial output and production of various print publications, including our flagship Weekly Report and our monthly Regional reports (Mexico & Nafta, Central America & the Caribbean, The Andean Group, and Brazil & the Southern Cone), as well as other publications as required. Focusing on the region’s most pressing economic, political, security and corporate issues, the publications are targeted to keep our wide range of subscribers informed about the issues that matter to them.

Full details


We offer periodic work experience to students of Latin America and the Caribbean. The positions are unpaid, but offer the opportunity to get a direct feel for a career as a regional analyst, as well as a valuable insight into the world of journalism/publishing. We are happy to arrange flexible hours with suitable candidates.

As an intern at Latin American Newsletters, you may be expected to contribute directly to our publications, as well as helping out with daily production tasks, updating our website/databases/research library and providing other useful support to our small editorial team.

If you have a keen interest in Latin American current affairs, journalism or the publishing sector, please forward your CV/resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


You may contact us via our online contact form, or write to us at:

c/o Intelligence Research Ltd.
Hamilton House, Fourth Floor
Mabledon Place

Phone: + 44 (0)20 3695 2790+ 44 (0)20 7251 0012

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You may contact us via our online contact form, or write to us at:

Intelligence Research Ltd.
Hamilton House, Fourth Floor
Mabledon Place

Phone: +44 (0)203 695 2790

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