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By Laura Powell, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs with the collaboration of COHA Research Associate Cristian Yugsi on June 17, 2013 | No CommentsThe Ecuadorian Congress moved Thursday, June 13 to adopt a new mining law that aims to advance the development of small- and medium-scale mines in Ecuador. Mining is a relatively undeveloped sector in Ecuador, but the potential exists for exploitation of copper, gold, and silver deposits. Approved by a 105...
By W. Alejandro Sanchez, Research Fellow at Council on Hemispheric Affairs on March 5, 2013 | 3 CommentsHugo Chávez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, passed away on March 5, 2013, due to severe health complications. For at least the past year and half, the Venezuelan head of state had been battling cancer that continued to appear in spite of several surgeries. He traveled to Cuba for...
By Joel Jaeger, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on February 14, 2013 | 2 Comments
By Claudia M. López Costa, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on December 14, 2012 | 1 CommentIn the wake of next February’s Ecuadorian presidential election, and less than a month before the official start of the campaign, the rules of the game set by the reform to the electoral law remain questionable. The concern over the substance of the new electoral law stems mainly from Article...
By Elizabeth Briggs, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on December 11, 2012 | 1 CommentEach year, thousands of Colombian peasants, primarily women and children, trek through the Amazon with their meager possessions, seeking asylum from the violence encompassing their traditional rural villages. Ecuador is home to the highest number of refugees to be found in Latin America, 98 percent of whom are Colombian. Most...
By Jade Vasquez, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs on November 7, 2012 | 3 CommentsAt an October 5 conference hosted by the nonprofit, Resources for the Future, economist Joseph E. Stiglitz stated, “We now know why the invisible hand is invisible: because it is often not there.” The Columbia University professor supported this claim by noting that the people with the fewest means pay...