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Political Outlook Q&A

Latin Business Chronicle asks leading experts about Latin America's political outlook in 2009.


BY CHRONICLE STAFF

What is Latin Americas political outlook in 2009? Will there be any radical changes?  Latin Business Chronicle asked four leading experts. Our panel includes:

  • Jerry Haar, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Business Administration, Florida International University
  • Beatrice Rangel, president AMLA Consulting
  • William Ratliff, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
  • Riordan Roett, director of the Latin America studies program at Johns Hopkins University

Latin Business Chronicle: How do you view the political outlook in Latin America in 2009? Will there be any radical changes? 

Ratliff: Political tensions and radicalization are likely to increase in much of Latin America as wounded capitalism and international markets continue to retreat and begin to reorganize. Reduced foreign investments, commodity exports and prices, as well as declining remittances and other factors, may take a heavy toll. They will demonstrate that Latin Americas...

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