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Weekly Report - 12 July 2018 (WR-18-27)

Leader
- Ecuador’s presidential conflict triggers regional diplomatic realignment
Andean
- PERU: Scandal hits the judiciary
- COLOMBIA: Duque will face multiple security challenges
- VENEZUELA: Uncertain outcome for rebellion by political prisoners
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Judges go to war over Lula habeas corpus
- BRAZIL: Senate approves data protection bill
- ARGENTINA: Cracks appear in Cambiemos coalition
- PARAGUAY: Abdo Benítez lays foundations for new government
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador makes key political appointment
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Ortega’s intransigence laid bare
- PANAMA: Varela delivers final balance sheet
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Bolivia’s Morales accused of moving against key opponent
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 05 July 2018 (WR-18-26)

Leader
- López Obrador sweeps all before him to dominate Mexican politics
Andean
- VENEZUELA: ‘Little protests’ spreading
- COLOMBIA: ELN peace talks face difficulties
- PERU: Teachers’ strike crumbles
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Bolsonaro ahead, but are the polls reliable?
- BRAZIL: What are Marina Silva’s chances?
- CHILE: Government stung by ‘legislative drought’ criticism
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Nicaragua’s military under pressure
- HONDURAS: Attorney general’s election sparks controversy
- NORTHERN TRIANGLE: Migration overshadows Pence’s Guatemala visit
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Paraguay’s Cartes presents final state-of-the-nation address
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 28 June 2018 (WR-18-25)

Leader
- Policy change on coca eradication in Colombia?
Andean
- VENEZUELA: EU widens sanctions
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri’s respite brief
- BRAZIL: Pence visit achieves little
- BRAZIL: Dirceu release: a precedent for Lula?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: No easing of electoral violence as campaign closes
- MEXICO: Anaya loses coalition support
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: New talks begin amid renewed violence
- COSTA RICA: Fiscal reforms fuel tensions
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Paraguay close to resolving historic Argentine dispute
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 21 June 2018 (WR-18-24)

Leader
- Duque triumphs in Colombia but congress holds key
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Cabello gets seat at top table again
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Heads roll as Macri battles to regain control
- BRAZIL: Army sounds out politicians
- URUGUAY: In the grip of insecurity
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Anaya launches final counterattacks
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Crisis intensifies as Masaya announces “self-rule”
- PANAMA: Panama-China relations one year on
- HONDURAS: Maccih causes stir with fresh allegations
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Moreno unveils border-security plan
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 14 June 2018 (WR-18-23)

Leader
- Mexico’s López Obrador hits home straight in cruise control
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Petro needs huge surge to deny Duque
- PERU: Going gets tough for Vizcarra
- ECUADOR: Correa probe exacerbates political divisions
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Uncertainties continue to dog October elections
- ARGENTINA: IMF deal beset with political difficulties
- CHILE: Piñera’s “gender agenda” rings hollow
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Morales under fire over volcano response
- NICARAGUA: Ortega plays for time
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Venezuelan opposition sent mixed message
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 07 June 2018 (WR-18-22)

Leader
- Ortega digs in his heels as Nicaraguan violence spirals
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro’s overture overwhelmingly rejected
- PERU: Tuesta’s departure reveals government vulnerability
- COLOMBIA: Questions about transitional justice
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Strike ends but political upheaval continues
- BRAZIL: Brazil tightens data protection laws
- ARGENTINA: Government taken to task over economy
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: First shots fired in trade war with US
- MEXICO: López Obrador tries to mend fences with private sector
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Sánchez Cerén puts brave face on FMLN struggles
- COSTA RICA: Alvarado goes straight for fiscal deficit
- HAITI: Moïse shores up Taiwan ties
Postscript
- Castro chairs Cuban commission to change constitution
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 31 May 2018 (WR-18-21)

Leader
- Colombia’s Duque the favourite after first round victory
Andean
- ECUADOR: Moreno conducts sweeping change
- VENEZUELA: Making sense of Maduro
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: The lorry drivers’ revolt
- ARGENTINA: Setback for Macri over utility tariffs
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Vote-buying alarm raised
- MEXICO: Business sector reacts to rampant insecurity
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: “Democracy” proves a sticking point in national dialogue
- COSTA RICA: Getting to grips with security
Postscript
- Peru’s Vizcarra cancels Tullow Oil contracts
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 24 May 2018 (WR-18-20)

Leader
- Abstention mars Maduro victory but what’s next for Venezuela?
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Fraud allegations mark close of campaigning
- PERU: Vizcarra administration starts to make its mark
- BOLIVIA: Gas field sparks regional tensions
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Economy starting to falter?
- ARGENTINA: Dujovne makes IMF progress as Macri struggles
- PARAGUAY: Heads roll over beef scandal
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador riled but not rattled
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: IACHR report ups pressure on Ortega
- El SALVADOR: Another former president to face trial
Postscript
- UK seeks to revive regional relations
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 17 May 2018 (WR-18-19)

Leader
- Macri seeks to buttress support for IMF deal
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Could oil fiasco produce Maduro shock?
- COLOMBIA: ELN declares electoral ceasefire
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Piñera declares war on bureaucracy
- BRAZIL: New lead in Franco investigation
- BRAZIL: Petrobras wins out over politics
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador makes misstep
- MEXICO: Meade takes initiative on security issues
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Ortega sends out mixed signals as talks start
Postscript
- Cuba and EU hold milestone meeting
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 10 May 2018 (WR-18-18)

Leader
- Spectre of crisis looms over Argentina again as Macri turns to IMF
Andean
- COLOMBIA: New home for ELN dialogue found
- VENEZUELA: Maduro tries to buy way to record 10m votes
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Housing crisis a key electoral issue
- BRAZIL: Supreme court lifts parliamentary immunity
- CHILE: Austerity plans expanded despite recovery
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador and big business at loggerheads
- MEXICO: No containing electoral violence
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: Alvarado takes office
- GUATEMALA: Morales ends speculation over new AG
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Moreno shakes up army command
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 03 May 2018 (WR-18-17)

Leader
- Ecuador’s Moreno shakes up security strategy
Andean
- PERU: Cabinet clinches congressional clearance
- COLOMBIA: Santos denies peace process unravelling
- VENEZUELA: Maduro takes up arms in economic war
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Temer enters lame duck territory
- PARAGUAY: Fraud allegations mark post-election period
- URUGUAY: Legal marijuana market not making the grade
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador turns screw on rivals
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Truth commission fails to convince
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Taiwan ditched for China
Postscript
- Haiti’s Lafontant undertakes cabinet reshuffle
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 26 April 2018 (WR-18-16)

Leader
- Castro anoints successor in Cuba
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Nicaragua explodes
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Parties rally to Vargas Lleras but not people
- VENEZUELA: Electoral campaign gets underway
Brazil & Southern Cone
- PARAGUAY: Voting for continuity, but unconvincingly
- BRAZIL: Narrowing the pool of electoral candidates
- ARGENTINA: Macri bows but does not succumb to tariff pressure
- CHILE: Piñera tables contentious migration reform
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Anaya wins debate but will it help his cause?
Postscript
- Peru’s Vizcarra faces first challenges
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 19 April 2018 (WR-18-15)

Leader
- Region unites against corruption and on Venezuela
Andean
- COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: Uniting to fight a common enemy
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Temer’s cabinet of continuity
- BRAZIL: Countdown until elections
- ARGENTINA: Strikes return to Buenos Aires
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: New airport takes centre stage in campaign
- MEXICO: CNTE takes stance against Meade
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HONDURAS: Nasralla pulls out of dialogue
- GUATEMALA-BELIZE: One step closer to resolving longstanding dispute?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Could the Dominican Republic be the next to fall?
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 12 April 2018 (WR-18-14)

Leader
- Lula, Brazil’s leftist icon, falls
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Santrich arrest tests solidity of peace process
- VENEZUELA: Vaccinating against failure
- ECUADOR: Correa in the firing line
Brazil & Southern Cone
- PARAGUAY: Reunited Colorados eye retaining presidency
- ARGENTINA: PJ subjected to hostile takeover
- CHILE: Piñera takes action on main public demand
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Trump fuels tension by militarising border
- MEXICO: ‘El Bronco’ given go-ahead
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: Military appointments stoke controversy
- PANAMA: Relations with Venezuela hit new low
Postscript
- Peru prepares to spearhead anti-corruption crusade
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 05 April 2018 (WR-18-13)

Leader
- Alvarado Quesada makes history in Costa Rica
Central America & Caribbean
- TRACKING TRENDS
Andean
- PERU: Can Vizcarra’s cabinet square the circle?
- VENEZUELA: Police cell deaths highlight criminal justice crisis
- VENEZUELA: Essequibo dispute provides a political wild card
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: End of the line for Lula
- BRAZIL: Temer back on the defensive
- ARGENTINA: Football rocked by sexual abuse claims
- CHILE: Students threaten fresh unrest
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Meade throws down challenge to rivals
- MEXICO: Reproved over human rights
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Security issues still daunting in Colombia
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 28 March 2018 (WR-18-12)

Leader
- Peru’s Vizcarra gears up for challenges ahead
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Duque steals a march on rivals
- ECUADOR: Moreno eyeing big shake-up
- VENEZUELA: Maduro launches petro, relaunches bolívar
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: What was Cambridge Analytica doing in Brazil?
- BRAZIL: Change in fortunes for Lula?
- URUGUAY: Deepening ties with Finland
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Future of economic policy under debate
- MEXICO: Disappearance cases put Jalisco on high alert
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Ortiz given tough FMLN rescue mission
- GUATEMALA: Morales withdraws military from citizen security
- COSTA RICA: Polls provide few clues ahead of run-off
Postscript
- Chile’s Piñera wrestles with age-old disputes
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 22 March 2018 (WR-18-11)

Leader
- Scandal-hit Kuczynski resigns to avoid impeachment
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro performs purge as petro pummelled
- COLOMBIA: Farc dissidents provide major headache
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Highs and lows of the Lula caravan
- BRAZIL: Getting crowded in the centre
- ARGENTINA: Looking to get tough on drug trafficking
- CHILE: Piñera sparks first tensions with opposition
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: New police search powers provoke polemic
- MEXICO: Presidential candidates promise sweeping reform
Central America & Caribbean
- HONDURAS: UN hails start of dialogue process
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- G-20 meeting passes off successfully for Argentina’s Macri
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 15 March 2018 (WR-18-10)

Leader
- Colombian congressional result should propel Vargas Lleras into contention
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Edgy Maduro cracks down on dissent
- ECUADOR: Moreno rises above institutional power clash
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Piñera reprises reins of power
- BRAZIL: Gomes joins the fray
- ARGENTINA: Tensions with the industrialists
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Anaya defiantly registers candidacy
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: FMLN pummelled in congressional elections
- GUATEMALA: Police chief ejection reignites transparency concerns
Postscript
- Latest Mexican intervention smacks of desperation
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 08 March 2018 (WR-18-09)

Leader
- Electoral violence takes new form
Andean
- PERU: Kuczynski dependent on Kenji for survival
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Proposed US trade restrictions raise fears
- ARGENTINA: Teachers test Macri’s nerve
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Corruption battle working in López Obrador’s favour
- MEXICO: Following the Kushner track
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: At odds with the UN
- PANAMA: Opposition pre-electoral manoeuvring starts
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Assured Macri opens Argentine congress
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 01 March 2018 (WR-18-08)

Leader
- Temer goes head-to-head with Bolsonaro in Brazil
Andean
- COLOMBIA: ELN attack has electoral impact
- VENEZUELA: Falcón breaks ranks to oppose Maduro
Brazil & Southern Cone
- PARAGUAY: Legal challenges shake up electoral contest
- URUGUAY: Vázquez in the spotlight over nepotism
- ARGENTINA-BOLIVIA: Health costs cool relations with Bolivia
- CHILE: Piñera makes gubernatorial appointments
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: No go for Peña Nieto-Trump meeting
- MEXICO: Anaya under fire
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: Manoeuvring under way ahead of run-off
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Chile’s Bachelet makes final foreign trip
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 22 February 2018 (WR-18-07)

Leader
- Progress and setbacks in anti-impunity efforts in Northern Triangle
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro tables economic and political solutions
- PERU: Kuczynski bogged down
- COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA: Dangerous frontiers
- COLOMBIA: Uribe faces new witness-tampering claim
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Honours even as Moyano takes on Macri
- ARGENTINA: Andorra account forces resignation
- BRAZIL: Military tighten grip in Rio
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Six will contest presidency
- MEXICO: Cartel Jalisco poses new threat
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Pre-electoral surveys augur badly for FMLN
Postscript
- The rise and fall of Brazil’s Luislinda Valois
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 15 February 2018 (WR-18-06)

Leader
- López Obrador lays down marker in Mexico
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Are electoral threats diminishing?
- VENEZUELA: Maduro undeterred as pressure builds
- PERU: Clashing with Corte-IDH
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri and Moyano go head to head
- BRAZIL: Carnival gets political
- BRAZIL: Setback for the bullets, beef and bible caucus
- CHILE: Fallout from ‘Operación Huracán’ makes waves
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Ortega under pressure over corruption
Postscript
- Referendum triumph could come at a cost for Ecuador’s Moreno
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 08 February 2018 (WR-18-05)

Leader
- Spectre of Monroe haunts Tillerson on regional swing
Andean
- ECUADOR: Moreno beats Correa but now needs to deliver
- COLOMBIA: Prioritising protection of community leaders
- VENEZUELA: Forced into devaluation
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Brazil’s judicial overreach
- ARGENTINA: Chocobar incident sparks debate on crime
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: New archbishop faces big challenges
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: Costa Rica’s first round reveals new political landscape
- PANAMA: Varela faces judicial setback
Postscript
- April election date for Venezuela as talks fail
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 01 February 2018 (WR-18-04)

Leader
- Past and future of Colombian armed conflict overlap
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Opposition clutches at straws
- PERU: Family rift splits Fujimorismo
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Guardians of the State expanding
- CHILE: Piñera’s cabinet raises eyebrows
- ARGENTINA: Macri leads by example in state cost-cutting
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Meade looks to take the initiative
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HONDURAS: Hernández takes office against troubling backdrop
- COSTA RICA: Major twist ahead of polling day
Postscript
- Probe sheds light on death of Brazilian judge
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 25 January 2018 (WR-18-03)

Leader
- Maduro bets on early elections to exploit opposition divisions
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Political realignments cause pre-electoral tension
- PERU: Kuczynski’s woes continue
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Court dismisses Lula’s appeal
- CHILE: Pope’s visit marred by controversy
- URUGUAY: Autoconvocados flex their muscles
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Homicides and oil pipeline theft surge
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Morales at half way point
- CUBA: Deputies to choose Castro’s successor nominated
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Moreno on course for big victory
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 18 January 2018 (WR-18-02)

Leader
- Argentina’s Macri prepares for showdown with unions
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro bolstered by opposition rift
- ECUADOR: Ruling party succumbs to schism
- COLOMBIA: UN expresses concern over peace process progress
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Reclaiming Brazil’s middle ground
- PARAGUAY: Death of EPP hostages opens new security debate
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Politics turned upside down
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: A bad week for relations with The White House
- HONDURAS: Hernández urges talks as violence flares up
Postscript
- Security dominates Costa Rican electoral debate
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 11 January 2018 (WR-18-01)

Leader
- Peru’s Kuczynski faces backlash over Fujimori pardon
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro picks up unwanted records
- COLOMBIA: ELN peace talks suspended
- BOLIVIA: Morales pledges health sector overhaul
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: The exodus continues
- BRAZIL: Góias: a tragedy foretold
- ARGENTINA: Adjusting economic targets, monetary policy?
- URUGUAY: Vázquez confronts conflictive start to year
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador buoyed by rivals’ travails
Central America & Caribbean
- HONDURAS: Hernández prepares to take office
Postscript
- Paraguay legalises medicinal marijuana
- Quotes of the week

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