Southern Cone

As It Reengages with the World, Will Argentina Rebuild Its Military to Resume Its Historic Global Role?

In President Mauricio Macri’s first year in office, Argentina’s annual military spending increased slightly, from 0.86 percent of GDP in 2015 to 0.96 percent in 2016. That modest uptick – to $6.2 billion – bucked a regional trend. Colombia was the only other country in the region to increase military spending. Compared to a decade ago, military spending in South America is down 5.5 percent, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

A Conversation with Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Ampuero

In his first visit to Washington as Chile's foreign minister, Roberto Ampuero discussed "Chile's Foreign Policy: Principles and Challenges in the Current Global and Regional Context."

 

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Russia's Role in the Venezuela Crisis

As isolation of the Venezuelan government continues to grow, Russia has remained one of Venezuela’s staunchest allies. President Putin and the Russian government have provided a source of economic and military support, allowing Moscow a useful platform to expand its influence in the region.

 

Part 1 – Russia in Latin America: Focus on Venezuela

A Conversation with Diego Garcia, a Partner at Bain & Company in Buenos Aires and the Head of its Southern Cone Energy and Oil & Gas Practice

Q: Argentina’s historic offshore exploration tenders are fast approaching. What can you tell us about the changes in the government’s approach to foreign investment in this sector, and how much interest should we expect?

A Conversation with Senator Esteban Bullrich

The province of Buenos Aires is considered the traditional electoral base of Peronism, yet support has been waning in recent years. In 2015, the Cambiemos coalition won the governorship, surprising many domestic and international analysts. During the 2017 mid-terms, Cambiemos won a crucial senatorial election in which Esteban Bullrich defeated former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The election provided the needed support and political backing to help advance an ambitious reformist agenda led by President Mauricio Macri.

The Future of Argentina: Political and Economic Factors Shaping the Macri Administration

Two years into his presidency, Mauricio Macri's approval rating remains around 50 percent, a surprisingly high level of support given the politically difficult reforms he has implemented, such as sharp increases to the cost of gas, electricity and transportation. Following stagflation during his first year in office, Macri oversaw a return to modest economic growth and a steady reduction in inflation.

Economic Competitiveness and Labor Reform in Argentina: A Conversation with Labor Minister Jorge Triaca

Labor reform is a central component of Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s reform agenda, designed to modernize the Argentine economy and increase competitiveness. The proposed reforms seek to reduce labor informality, address gender inequalities, increase access to youth employment and reduce labor litigation. Following significant tax and pension reforms last year, the labor legislation is the government’s top priority, and is being closely monitored by foreign investors.

T骨牛排刀中国:与Novam Portam合伙人麦克德翰姆的对话

提问:今年一月,阿根廷大使迭戈·格拉尔到访中国时庆祝了一项有关阿根廷牛肉出口到中国的“历史性”协议。在您看来,中阿贸易关系发生了怎样的变化?

回答:毛利西奥·马德里总统已经在致力于农业向出口方向的转型,这是他(阿根廷)经济改革议程的关键。去年,在阿根廷国家食品监督管理局(SENASA)与中国国家质量监督检验检疫总局(阿根廷质量监督检疫总局)长期磋商之后,阿根廷高质量带骨肉生产商,如T骨牛排、排骨等生产商,第一次进入中国市场。此前,阿根廷只能出口较低质量的加工牛肉。

提问:阿根廷牛肉出口到中国的潜力如何?在长达几十年的与口蹄疫有关的禁令后,阿根廷贸易谈判代表一直在努力帮助阿根廷牛肉重新进入美国市场,并促使欧盟提高南美牛肉在欧盟-南方共同市场自由贸易协定中的拟定配额,中国市场是否可以缓解阿根廷贸易谈判代表的压力?

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