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Ones to Watch: 3 August 2016

Americas: Rio Olympics begin; ELN peace talks, Nicaragua’s increased political tension In Brazil, civil unrest and crime will remain key risks throughout the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro beginning on 5 August. Opposition demonstrations are expected in Rio on that date. Further unrest will remain likely at least until the Games end on…

Ones to Watch: 27 July 2016

Americas: recall referendum in Venezuela; Peru’s new president; Mexico teachers’ strike Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) is expected to discuss the date for the start of the second of three stages in the recall-referendum process against President Nicolas Maduro on 1 August. The opposition MUD coalition has repeatedly denounced electoral authorities continue to delay the…

Ones to Watch: 20 July 2016

Americas: Security in Rio; unrest in Argentina; and Colombian truckers’ strike In Brazil heightened security measures should be expected over the coming weeks as the 5-21 August Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro approach. Concerns over security in the lead up to and during the Games have recently increased. On 15 July the…

Ones to Watch: 14 July 2016

Americas In Chile, student-led opposition to the government’s education reform is expected to continue to fuel unrest at least over the coming weeks, with a potential for associated violence and collateral material damage. Thousands of students demonstrated on 5 and 10 July in the capital Santiago and other urban centres to reject the education reform…

Ones to Watch: 6 July 2016

Americas: Puerto Rico defaults; teacher protests in Mexico; security issues at the Olympics On 1 July Puerto Rico defaulted on US$911m of bond payments, paying roughly half of the US$2bln of debt due on 1 July. The biggest missed payment was for US$780m of general-obligation bonds, which marked the island’s first default on its constitutionally guaranteed debt. Legislation…