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Argentina: 100 days of change

Santiago Villar | Tue, 10 May 2016

This podcast is performed by Santiago Villar. In December 2015 a new President took office in Argentina: Mauricio Macri. These elections left behind 12 years of government of the "Victory Front", headed by Nestor Kirchner (2003-2007) and his wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015). The new president will face several challenges such as inflation, stagnation, high levels of corruption and an increasing fiscal deficit, among other. Since his party ("Let's Change") will not have majority within the Parliament, he will need to reach agreements with other parties in order to move forward with his government agenda. Through this talk we will try to evaluate the first 100 days of Mauricio Macri's government and to present a possible future scenario for the rest of the year 2016.

Crisis in Venezuela: national and regional consequences

Anna Ayuso Pozo | Tue, 26 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Anna Ayuso Pozo. The parliamentary elections on December 6 in Venezuela opened a new political era. The magnitude of the defeat of the governmental forces leaves no doubt about the vote against the authoritarian drift of the socialist revolution. The Congress is now in the hands of the opposition coalition that achieved 2/3 qualified majority (112 deputies). The vote was a clear punishment to the government led by Nicolas Maduro, who was appointed successor of the former President Hugo Chavez. He was unable to lead the adaptation demanded by the challenges of a changing economic cycle and contributed to polarize the society. Venezuela is now a test of the dilemmas of a continent that seeks to gain autonomy and overcome the endemic inequality gaps while trying to consolidate still imperfect democratic institutions. The Caribbean country is now a challenge for regional stability. Regional institutions, as UNASUR and CELAC, created over the last decade to give greater autonomy in resolving political crisis will be forces to act. This session will explore recent changes Venezuela's national policy and its regional implications in a context of changing political cycle.

Brazil and Africa: Historic Relations and Future Opportunities

Marcus de Freitas | Thu, 14 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Marcus de Freitas. Brazil is in a good position to serve as a bridge to Africa and to reignite more cooperation between both sides of the South Atlantic. Brazil has increased its presence in Africa in recent years in terms of trade, investment, development cooperation, and political alliances with the goal to secure a greater say for the global South in the new world order that has been under construction since the of the Cold War. A global Brazil requires a robust partnership with Africa.

Turkey-EU Relations

Eduard Soler | Tue, 12 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Eduard Soler. This webinar will highlight which are the key elements that favoured the revitalization of Turkey’s accession process to the EU. It will discuss whether this opening is sustainable and what both parties are looking for.

U.S. security policy in the East Asian context

Daniel Twining | Thu, 07 April 2016

This podcast is performed by Daniel Twining. U.S. Security Policy in the East Asian Context For the United States, some of the main challenges facing the U.S. security policies in East Asia are a mixture of traditional and non-traditional security issues. But the main traditional security challenges for U.S. in East Asia would be the South China Sea issue and North Korea. China continues in the same pace building (and militarizing) artificial islands in the South China Sea which causes anxiety to its neighbours, specifically the Philippines and Vietnam who directly dispute Chinese claims, with the former taking the issue to international arbitration. The U.S. finds itself in a peculiar position since it needs to assure allies in the region and at the same time provide for the freedom of navigation which can be seriously undermined if China takes control of the 9-dash line. The second challenge is North Korea which keeps on provoking, with the latest incident being the 4th nuclear test. Although Missile Defense analysts say that the test does not prove any progress to NK’s nuclear operational capabilities, however it shows how difficult would be to reignite any talks.

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