This is number 6/2007. My apologies for the long absence. We are back. I will endeavor to produce this newsletter once a month at the very least. Since March, I have been working with a European company, Riskline, covering political risk and security in the region. We also have a developing blog. It has been time consuming but rewarding work! My own website, where you may find commentary and analysis on politics, security, and energy in the region, has been updated (mostly) as of this posting.
In this edition:
So many items are worth mention. I will try to cover the highlights here and get into more detail in future posts.
The Brazilian president's response to the worst aircraft accident in Brazilian history was dismal at best. The country suffers from a significant lack of infrastructure development, and the bureaucracy that supervises commercial aviation in
In Argentina, a couple recent scandals, one involving US$ 800,000 illegally brought to Argentina by a Venezuelan businessman on a private jet chartered by the Argentine national energy company, have tainted president Nestor Kirchner's popularity a little. But they seem to have not affected his wife's campaign for president. Elections are set for October. All expect Kirchner's wife to win, which means little by way of a chance in governance or economic policy - not a good sign for the country's long term growth and stability.
Meanwhile, presidents George W. Bush and Felipe Calderon of Mexico are expected to announce the latest developments of a closely guarded plan for the two countries to cooperate in the latest front for Washington's War on Drugs. It has become hard to ignore the violence along the US-Mexico border. And since Calderon has come into office (December 2006), he has proven his determination to take the fight to his country's criminals, a posture that has earned him some respect in