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Weekly Report - 27 July 2017 (WR-17-29)

Leader
- Farc and AUC reconciliation masks Colombia’s post-peace dilemma
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Venezuela on tenterhooks
- VENEZUELA-COLOMBIA: Colombia feels the pressure
- ECUADOR: Glas hinders Moreno’s reconciliation drive
- BOLIVIA: Morales back on the defensive over coca
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Austerity over popularity
- PARAGUAY: PCC continues to make presence felt
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Pemex tackles internal collusion in oil theft
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: A truce for the corrupt
- HAITI: Moïse moves on military pledge
Postscript
- Argentine ministry to take over symbol of state terrorism
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 20 July 2017 (WR-17-28)

Leader
- Candidates and corruption in Argentine electoral race
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Concern over growing coca crop
- VENEZUELA: Ten days to go
- PERU: Kenji vs Keiko
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Maia’s view of the world
- CHILE: Guiller struggles to make the ‘new politics’ work
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Duarte trial: a litmus test
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- PANAMA: Congress presidency election exposes opposition disarray
- COSTA RICA: PAC ends speculation ahead of 2018 vote
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Moreno criticises Correa profligacy
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 13 July 2017 (WR-17-27)

Leader
- Ecuador’s Revolution divided as Correa fires parting volley at Moreno
Andean
- VENEZUELA: López back in the thick of it
- COLOMBIA: United Nations mission moves to Phase 2
- COLOMBIA: Not in my back yard?
- PERU: Humala and Heredia arrests ordered
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Gils Carbó in the spotlight
- BRAZIL: Labour reform approved as political crisis unfolds
- PARAGUAY: Division defines electoral scenario
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Trouble with the penal code
- MEXICO: Pegasus deployed against Iguala experts
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Major mine suspended
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Ringing the changes in Argentina
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 06 July 2017 (WR-17-26)

Leader
- Venezuela’s downward spiral into violent chaos
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Corruption case embarrasses government
- PERU: Kuczynski weighs up his options
- BOLIVIA: Scandal claims YPFB chief
- ECUADOR: Moreno placates indigenous
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Piñera ahead, while new Left threatens old Left
- ARGENTINA: Back to school
- BRAZIL: Neves makes his comeback
- BRAZIL: Judiciary takes aim at Temer’s inner circle
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Another governor under investigation
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Main opposition in electoral spotlight
- PANAMA: Clouds overshadow Canal expansion anniversary
Postscript
- Honduras and Guatemala launch customs union
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 29 June 2017 (WR-17-25)

Leader
- Brazil’s Temer charged with corruption
Andean
- VENEZUELA: No end to the madness
- PERU: Zavala’s head next on the block?
- COLOMBIA: Farc bids farewell to arms
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri’s dream ticket?
- CHILE: Bachelet makes major Mapuche gesture
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Losing the fight
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: UN prepares new policy of support
- NICARAGUA: Contentious penal reform package approved
Postscript
- Ecuador’s number two runs congressional gauntlet
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 22 June 2017 (WR-17-24)

Leader
- Trump’s new Cuba policy: tough talk, soft substance
Andean
- VENEZUELA: End in sight for Ortega
- PERU: Economy minister resigns
- ECUADOR: Moreno’s new style comes to the fore
- COLOMBIA: Centro Andino attack raises serious questions
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Fernández launches new political vehicle
- BRAZIL: New pressure on Temer
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Government in a twist over Pegasus
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Medina urged to resign to forge new democracy
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Piñera plunged into polemic
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 15 June 2017 (WR-17-23)

Leader
- China deepens Central American diplomatic incursion
Andean
- ECUADOR: Ructions appear in ruling party
- VENEZUELA: The battle for the constitution
- COLOMBIA: Operation strikes oil thieves in Catatumbo
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Electoral court rules Temer can stay
- CHILE: Goic-Guillier grudge splits ruling coalition
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Opposition wrestles with electoral fallout
- MEXICO: New corruption case implicates PAN
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Shoring up ties with Mexico
Postscript
- Bolivia takes Chile dispute to OAS
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 08 June 2017 (WR-17-22)

Leader
- What Mexico’s electoral results mean for 2018 presidential contest
Andean
- ECUADOR: Draining the swamp
- VENEZUELA: Ministers to moonlight in constituent assembly?
- COLOMBIA: Setback to Farc disarmament process
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: President Bachelet delivers final balance sheet
- ARGENTINA: Macri gets early electoral fillip
- TRACKING TRENDS
- BRAZIL: Trial over electoral wrongdoing resumes
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Sánchez cherry-picks statistics for annual speech
- NICARAGUA: OAS departure sparks speculation
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Dominican Republic takes action over Odebrecht scandal
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 01 June 2017 (WR-17-21)

Leader
- Fernández drops strong hint she will run in Argentine elections
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Supreme court widens anti-corruption probe
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro gets top court’s backing for assembly
- PERU: Circling Chinchero
- ECUADOR: Key cabinet pick inflames indigenous tension
- COLOMBIA: Farc disarmament postponed
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: US identifies powerful new drug gang
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- HAITI: Moïse presents 100-day balance sheet
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Mexico’s Zapatistas select presidential candidate
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 25 May 2017 (WR-17-20)

Leader
- Scandal plunges Brazil back into political crisis
Andean
- ECUADOR: Moreno picks up baton from Correa
- VENEZUELA: Taking Ortega off the air
- COLOMBIA: Peace talks with ELN resume
- PERU: Zavala blasts congress after Vizcarra forced out
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri seals Japan deal
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Edomex showdown could reshape political landscape
- MEXICO: Organised crime, police, implicated in killing
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: Gearing up for elections
- GUATEMALA: Military deployment to resolve long-running dispute
- NICARAGUA: Ortega defiant over IMF call for reform
Postscript
- El Salvador gets top papal recognition
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 18 May 2017 (WR-17-19)

Leader
- Tapping into China’s mammoth infrastructure plan
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Santos launches bold plan to slash coca production
- VENEZUELA: Venezuela cleaves the Western Hemisphere
- PERU: Stuck in the mud
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Lula launches his political comeback
- ARGENTINA: Dealing with a ‘two for one’ crisis
- CHILE: Can Piñera capitalise on split Left?
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Death of a journalist (again) spurs action
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- PANAMA: Tensions with Colombia over security
Postscript
- Ecuador’s Moreno promises consensual politics
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 11 May 2017 (WR-17-18)

Leader
- Mexico’s Red Triangle shapes up as next public security threat
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Military courts for civilian protesters
- PERU: Fujimori object of ‘ping pong’
- COLOMBIA: Chocó provides major headache for government
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Military man to head indigenous rights agency
- URUGUAY: Nin performs balancing act over Venezuela
- ARGENTINA-BOLIVIA-CHILE: Gas spat erupts
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: Solís trumpets progress as he enters final year
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Opposition FNM sweeps to victory in The Bahamas
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 04 May 2017 (WR-17-17)

Leader
- Colombian peace process gets UN and US boost
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro seeks constituent assembly to save skin
- PERU: Kuczynski gets back to work
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: DC deepens rift in ruling coalition
- PARAGUAY: Healing wounds after failed re-election reform
- BRAZIL: General strike ends in violence but little change
- BRAZIL: Crunch time for pension reform
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Combating torture and forced disappearances
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: Homicides falling fast but for how long?
- GUATEMALA: Seeking to strengthen justice
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Citrus celebration for Macri after Trump meeting
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 27 April 2017 (WR-17-16)

Leader
- Trouble in Santa Cruz puts Kirchneristas on back foot
Andean
- VENEZUELA: ‘Vexit’
- ECUADOR: Jubilant Moreno plays to the base
- PERU: Debating Fujimori’s release
- BOLIVIA: Preparations under way for key vote
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Lula down but not out?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Good week, bad week for Morena
- MEXICO: The Wall: more funding twists and turns
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: Reaching out
- NICARAGUA: Police deployment fans repression concerns
Postscript
- Santos squares up to Maduro
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 20 April 2017 (WR-17-15)

Leader
- Permanent protest in Venezuela
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Farc demobilisation process slow but steady
- PERU: More trouble for ex-presidents
- ECUADOR: Lenín Moreno, president-elect
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Disillusionment grows as graft probe deepens
- CHILE: Tax authority closes the files
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Duarte captured in Guatemala
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- PANAMA: Institutions suffer further credibility blow
Postscript
- Carrió signs up for Buenos Aires
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 12 April 2017 (WR-17-14)

Leader
- Political crisis produces new ‘Marzo Paraguayo’
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri faces down strikers
- CHILE: Bachelet moves again on constitutional reform
- BRAZIL: Alienating congress could be costly
- BRAZIL: Trade surplus despite meat scandal
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Another bond payment goes through, but at what cost?
- ECUADOR: Correa calls on Lasso not to lose his dignity
- PERU: Combating regional corruption
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Corrupt former governor caught abroad
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA-NICARAGUA: Mixed signals from old rivals
- HAITI: Mining proposal fuels concerns
Postscript
- Colombian military seeks political representation
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 06 April 2017 (WR-17-13)

Leader
- Moreno secures future of Ecuador’s Citizens’ Revolution
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Politics on a cliff edge
- COLOMBIA: Mocoa mudslide eclipses anti-corruption march
- BOLIVIA-CHILE: A new source of bilateral tension
- PERU: Government gains points in the ratings
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Temer on trial
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Hobbled from the start?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: PLN names its presidential candidate
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Who controls the streets in Argentina?
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 30 March 2017 (WR-17-12)

Leader
- Paralysis a concern in Cuba as clock starts on Castro
Andean
- ECUADOR: Between Scylla and Charybdis
- VENEZUELA: Supreme court steps into the ring
- COLOMBIA: ELN steps up military offensive
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Brazil moves to loosen labour laws
- BRAZIL: Nunes touches down in Paraguay
- ARGENTINA: Vidal squares off against teachers
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Early shots in 2018 campaign
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Morales under pressure over children’s rights
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Another Mexican governor on the run
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 23 March 2017 (WR-17-11)

Leader
- Backlash in Brazil over operation ‘weak meat’
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri faces difficult fortnight
- CHILE: Combative Piñera confirms re-election bid
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Political parties compelled to re-register
- PERU: Troubled waters for Kuczynski government
- BOLIVIA: Opposition decries judicial persecution
- COLOMBIA: Santos announces transformation of police
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Sinaloa security situation deteriorates
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Protest march hits capital
- HAITI: Victory for Moïse as legislature ratifies PM
Postscript
- El Salvador celebrates reduction in violence; shootout follows
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 16 March 2017 (WR-17-10)

Leader
- Argentina’s Macri sets sights on congressional victory
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Janot takes ‘Car Wash’ to next level
- CHILE: Bachelet tries to stay positive
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Almagro calls for a full general election
- PERU: Kuczynski government under pressure
- COLOMBIA: Odebrecht mars Vargas Lleras’ big day
- ECUADOR: Moreno pulls clear of Lasso
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: New education model unveiled
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Protesters seek modern independence
- NICARAGUA: Strengthening ties with a neighbour
Postscript
- Hernández the big winner in Honduran primaries
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 09 March 2017 (WR-17-09)

Leader
- Reports show surge in Colombian coca and cocaine production
Andean
- PERU: Kuczynski home to face the music
- ECUADOR: Lasso’s plan to deal with hostile congress
- VENEZUELA: Assembly releases its new inflation index
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: New foreign minister off to bumpy start
- BRAZIL: Long road ahead for recovery
- ARGENTINA: CGT tries to ride a tiger
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Yunes faces growing Veracruz security threat
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA & HONDURAS: Morales and Hernández face up to corruption
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Préval’s passing exposes scale of Moïse’s task in Haiti
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 02 March 2017 (WR-17-08)

Leader
- Colombia embarks on major reform agenda for a post-conflict era
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Poverty increases dramatically
- PERU: Struggling at home, Kuczynski heads abroad
- ECUADOR: Lasso moves into pole position
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Temer names new justice minister
- PARAGUAY: Re-election debate takes centre stage
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Attempting to build new working relationship with the US
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Medina addresses Odebrecht scandal
- HAITI: Political unknown tapped for PM
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Mexican wildcard for the presidency
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 23 February 2017 (WR-17-07)

Leader
- Moreno to face Lasso in Ecuador run-off
Andean
- BOLIVIA: Morales’ re-election bid stokes controversy
- PERU: Dealing with an epidemic
- TRACKING TRENDS
- VENEZUELA: MUD reinvents itself
- VENEZUELA: López marks three years in jail
Brazil & Southern Cone
- CHILE: Goic joins presidential race
- ARGENTINA: Milani arrested
- BRAZIL: Senate approves new Supreme Court judge
- BRAZIL: Temer’s approval rating sinks further
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Bumpy start to a difficult negotiation?
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Morales confronts multiple protests
Postscript
- Colombian government insists on Farc disarmament deadline
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 16 February 2017 (WR-17-06)

Leader
- US designates Venezuela’s vice-president as narcotics trafficker
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Peace process engenders Catatumbo conundrum
- PERU: Kuczynski seeks to regain initiative
- BOLIVIA: Relations with Argentina tested over migration
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Carnival overshadowed by violence
- CHILE: La Escondida strike damages growth prospects
- ARGENTINA: Macri accused of conflict of interest
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Post-Chapo cartel violence on the rise?
- MEXICO: PRD suffers desertion to Morena
Central America & Caribbean
- EL SALVADOR: War on mara gangs extended
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Petroecuador verdict spices up Ecuador’s elections
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 09 February 2017 (WR-17-05)

Leader
- Colombia takes step closer to ‘complete peace’ as ELN talks begin
Andean
- ECUADOR: Moreno promises tough line on corruption
- VENEZUELA: As expected, the CNE gets creative
- PERU: Odebrecht: Pandora’s Box
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Temer stages political comeback
- CHILE: Bachelet still in the line of fire
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Kelly sets about rescuing relations
Central America & Caribbean
- COSTA RICA: Solís falls short of fiscal reform pledge
- HAITI: Moïse takes office under corruption cloud
Postscript
- Mercosur and Pacific Alliance set on convergence
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 02 February 2017 (WR-17-04)

Leader
- ‘Operation Car Wash’ strikes again in Brazil
Andean
- COLOMBIA: Farc guerrillas transfer to camps
- VENEZUELA: Borges calls on splintering MUD to maintain pressure for regional elections
- PERU: Kuczynski’s popularity takes a battering
- ECUADOR: Moreno ducks presidential debate
- BOLIVIA: Seeking to address a long-standing priority
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri gov’t at pains to evade Trump comparisons
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: López Obrador to the fore
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: Florida’s Republican governor nixes port deals with Cuba
- EL SALVADOR: Government accused of spying
- PANAMA: Odebrecht scandal spreads to Panama
Postscript
- Bolivia boosts security cooperation with Chile
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 26 January 2017 (WR-17-03)

Leader
- Trump undeterred as Peña Nieto raises stakes
Andean
- PERU: Getting caught in the Odebrecht web
- VENEZUELA: Venezuela – most corrupt – silent on Odebrecht
- VENEZUELA: #EleccionesYa
- ECUADOR: Moreno retains lead as rivals vie for second
- BOLIVIA: Morales reshuffles his cabinet
Brazil & Southern Cone
- URUGUAY-MERCOSUR: Vázquez faces China setback
- CHILE: Facing worst fires in history
- BRAZIL: Sudden death of key judge raises concerns
- ARGENTINA: Intelligence chief battles corruption charges
Central America & Caribbean
- GUATEMALA: Morales’ anti-corruption pledge put to the test
- HONDURAS: Hernández paints a picture of progress
Postscript
- Hollande visits Farc camp during historic Colombia visit
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 19 January 2017 (WR-17-02)

Leader
- Can El Salvador end new war 25 years after old one?
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Maduro’s unlikely reach out to Trump
- VENEZUELA: Security policy gets another makeover
- COLOMBIA: Santos sees two key posts go to close allies
- ECUADOR: Correa chalks up milestone with campaign rally
- TRACKING TRENDS
Brazil & Southern Cone
- BRAZIL: Over 130 inmates die in prison riots
- BRAZIL: Battling with fiscal demons
- URUGUAY: Bonomi battles Bordaberry over murders
- TRACKING TRENDS
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: Trying to soften gasolinazo blow
- TRACKING TRENDS
Central America & Caribbean
- NICARAGUA: Ortega begins another term
- CUBA: Trump urged to consider Cuba policy carefully
Postscript
- Spectre of Pinochet takes centre stage in Chilean campaign
- Quotes of the week

Weekly Report - 12 January 2017 (WR-17-01)

Leader
- A sense of growing foreboding in Mexico
Mexico & Nafta
- MEXICO: The Videgaray enigma
Andean
- VENEZUELA: Stumbling into another year
- COLOMBIA: Government pushes key tax reform through congress
- PERU: Kuczynski undertakes shake-up of prison system
Brazil & Southern Cone
- ARGENTINA: Macri’s post Prat-Gay game plan
- BRAZIL: New mayors make theatrical entrance
- CHILE: Bachelet faces fresh criticism over Mapuche conflict
- PARAGUAY: Opposition moves to impeach Cartes over re-election
Central America & Caribbean
- CUBA: Chilly winds blow across Florida Straits
- PANAMA: Varela names new head of key portfolio
- TRACKING TRENDS
Postscript
- Final election results announced in Haiti
- Quotes of the week

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