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    Antonio Sampaio: What's next for Colombia's peace talks after the election?

    20 June 2014.  By Antônio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America When celebrating his re-election as President of Colombia on 15 June, Juan Manuel Santos chose to wear a pin in the shape of a dove on his lapel and painted the word ‘paz’ (‘peace’ in Spanish) on the palm of one of his hands. He chose the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as the single most important issue...

  • Events

    European Strategies for Latin America: Cooperation and Challenges

    19 June 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Mahrukh Doctor
    Senior Lecturer, Political Economy
    University of Hull
    Dr Bettina Trueb
    Manager, Explore Program
    European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 19 June 2014

  • Events

    Political Crisis and Instability in Venezuela

    05 June 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez
    Fellow, Comparative Constitutions Project, University of Chicago;
    Columnist, El Universal
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 05 June 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

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    Antonio Sampaio: Guerrillas, criminals and something in between

    26 March 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America Latin America has become a case study in the fusion of guerrilla warfare and criminality. During the 2000s, leftist guerrilla groups in Colombia suffered increased pressure from government forces, leading them to fragment and their military capabilities to weaken. The remaining fighters and structures have become more connected with the economic drivers of the armed movement than with its long-standing ideology, or any...

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    Antonio Sampaio: Armed groups and security in Colombia

    14 March 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America Negotiations in Havana, Cuba between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have gone further than any other dialogue between the two sides in the approximately 50-year conflict. Having reached preliminary agreements on rural reform and political participation, the two sides are now discussing the issue of drug trafficking. But authorities attempting to implement any peace agreement will face...

  • Events

    Armed Groups and the Challenges for Security in Colombia

    12 March 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Javier Ciurlizza, Program Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Crisis Group
    Annette Idler, Doctoral Candidate, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 12 March 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

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    Alexa van Sickle: Cuba and food security

    12 March 2014.  Since taking over from his brother Fidel, Cuban President Raul Castro, noting the connection between national security and food security, has made Cuba’s food sovereignty and agricultural reform a priority. Cuba imports about 60% of its domestic food requirement, making it highly vulnerable to price increases, changes in food supply and the impacts of natural disasters, writes Alexa van Sickle, for the Guardian’s global development blog. Cuba has faced particular challenges over the...

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    Antonio Sampaio: Venezuela’s violence and pro-government paramilitaries

    21 February 2014.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America As the world’s media focused on the escalating crisis in Ukraine this week, a wave of political violence on a different continent threatens to plunge Venezuela into conflict. Thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets over popular grievances, but the greatest risk to the country's stability comes from relatively small groups: the pro-government paramilitary forces that have drifted away from official control and have...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 8: Latin America and the Caribbean

    05 February 2014. 

    Latin America and the Caribbean: Drugs and insecurity; New forces and tailored responses; Regional defence initiatives; Insurgency and criminality in the Andean region; Cuban weapons shipment uncovered; Regional defence economics
    Brazil: Armed services; Brazil's cyber defence policy; Defence economics

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    Antonio Sampaio: China in Brazil – BRICs, bats and bouquets

    07 November 2013.  By Antonio Sampaio, Research Analyst for Latin America 'The China–Brazil relationship is experiencing the most active and fruitful period in history,' said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang this week, flanked by Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer at a bilateral cooperation and coordination committee in Guangzhou. The increasingly close relationship between certain BRICS countries was something I noted recently on a business trip back to my homeland, Brazil. I was there when, last...

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