According to Ambassador Heine, the war in Ukraine and climate change were major regional focuses of the General Assembly, but what wasn’t was the recovery of some form of regional cooperation and coordination.
“The big loser is the government of President Gabriel Boric, who came out strongly in favor of the new text, and, with barely six months in office, runs the risk of becoming a lame-duck president.”
“The causes of the protesters’ discontent have not been addressed, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has only aggravated Cuba’s economic misery.”
Ambassador Heine notes that Chilean President Gabriel Boric always faced an uphill battle pushing a progressive agenda; however, he too was surprised by how quickly his ratings have dropped.
How important is the Escazú agreement for Chile, and to what extent will it help to protect the environment? Ambassador Heine offers his thoughts in the Latin America Advisor.
Ambassador Heine argues that Chile has the opportunity to set the country on a new course by drafting a new constitutional charter for the digital age and the process of drafting that should not be driven by identity politics.
“For China, cementing links with South America’s second-largest country is obviously an attractive proposition. China’s growing presence in Latin America does not go down well in Washington.”
Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric’s cabinet is composed of both veteran bureaucrats and young newcomers. How will they address the pressing issues facing the country?
Ambassador Heine discusses the right-wing’s come back to relevance after a disappointing performance in the May elections for the Constitutional Convention, the ever-shifting polls, and what the election results could mean for Chile.
“Given the boom in cross-Pacific trade in the past decades, improved digital connectivity between the Asia-Pacific and South America is badly needed to expedite e-commerce and trade in services.”
“Chile has traditionally been a country of immigrants, but over the past decade this has become especially so…A proper immigration system was badly overdue, and the government of President Sebastián Piñera should be commended for this law”
Ambassador Heine calls the DFC’s proposed lending agreement with Ecuador “crony capitalism.”
“As trade, the original driver of Sino-LAC links, is complemented by foreign direct investment and (diminished) financial cooperation, Chinese commercial banks now step up to the plate to provide more disciplined project financing.”
Chile’s 1980 constitution is “an obsolete and anachronistic document that needs to be replaced.”
Ambassador Heine discusses the effectiveness of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.
Professor Kevin Gallagher argues that leadership of the Inter-American Development Bank should be held by a Latin American.
Amb. Jorge Heine was interviewed by the Latin America Advisor on how metal price volatility with the advent of COVID-19 is affecting Latin America.
Amb. Paul Hare was interviewed for a recent article on European-Cuba relations in Latin America Advisor.
Amb. Paul Hare discusses Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel’s foreign policy.
Amb. Paul Hare discusses Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel’s first trip to the United States.