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Politics and Foreign Investment in Latin America: A Look at Venezuela and Argentina

How can governments in Latin America attract more foreign investment, and what are the main sources of political risk for investors? This Vecinos lecture brought together experts from the private sector and academia to help interpret the role of politics in foreign investment in Argentina and Venezuela.

Foreign investment has substantially increased in Latin America since the 1990s. Two of the main recipients, Argentina and Venezuela, present important challenges and opportunities for investors in the region. Despite the fact that the countries have significantly weakened the property rights of investors during the last decade, both continue trying to attract investors to key sectors like oil and gas, with mixed success. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to a photo gallery and video recording of the event; click on "slides" below to view the speakers' PowerPoint presentations.


Featured Speakers

Daniel Kerner (slides)
Practice Head, Latin America, Eurasia Group

Francisco Monaldi, Ph.D. (slides)
Nonresident Fellow, Latin America Initiative, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
Visiting Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Ali Moshiri
President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company



Mark Jones, Ph.D.
Fellow in Political Science, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy


Erika de la Garza
Program Director, Latin America Initiative, and Associate Director, Mexico Center, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy






Thu, Oct. 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

Kelly International Conference Facility