The IMF's Alejandro Werner covers economic growth prospects from Venezuela to Brazil to Mexico. ... Play Video
Latin America should be growing at 2-3 percent, said the International Monetary Fund's Alejandro Werner at an AS/COA event on January 26. Instead, the Fund expects the region to contract 0.3 percent in 2016. Leading the downturn are Venezuela and Brazil, as well as China's reduced demand for commodities and the yuan’s drop.
Venezuela's opposition made strides on December 6, but it will need to address democratic and economic ills. ... Play Video
Andrés Pastrana, Former President of Colombia
Jorge Quiroga, Former President of Bolivia
Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Chief International Columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica
Hector Schamis, Adjunct Professor, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University; Columnist for El País
Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)
The opposition won a supermajority in Venezuela's National Assembly on December 6, but the toughest stretch lies ahead due to the country's ailing economy and embattled democracy. Venezuela is "the black eye" of Latin America, said Georgetown's Hector Schamis at a COA panel. Now the opposition must pick a leader in Congress, as well as address the humanitarian crisis and a narco regime, according to former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana.