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Energy: Oil, Gas and Beyond

Fall 2015 | Volume XV, Number 1

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

First Take

The Politics of Oil

Mexico’s Energy Reform

Mexico’s Energy Reform

The small, white-washed classroom at the University in Minatitlán, Veracruz, was packed with a couple dozen people who, although neighbors, had never met…

Brazil’s Oil Scandal

Brazil’s Oil Scandal

When I moved to Brazil in the giddy days of 2011, many people were voicing that phrase. After all, the economy seemed to be sizzling after posting 7.5 percent…

China in Latin America

China in Latin America

All eyes will be on China in 2016, as it prepares to host its first-ever G-20 summit. While the rest of the world discusses this symbolic act of new global…

The Economics of Energy

Peruvian Oil Production

Peruvian Oil Production

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The petroleum sector I know best is Peru’s, where I recently served as Minister of Energy and Mines. Because of the recent drop in prices, oil-producing…

Alternative Energy

Wind Energy in Latin America

Wind Energy in Latin America

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Carlos Rufín is Associate Professor of International Business at the Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School, and a consultant on energy matters to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank…

Solar Energy in Chile

Solar Energy in Chile

For several decades, Chile has struggled to have a stable and reliable mix of energy sources to satisfy its growing needs. In the 1980s, the country relied…

Living with Oil

Behind the Corporate Veil

Behind the Corporate Veil

It began as most things do these days, with a simple Google search. Looking to flesh out my graduate seminar paper on the Lago Oil & Transport Company of…

Añelo and Vaca Muerta

Añelo and Vaca Muerta

Añelo, a once forgotten town 600 miles southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is now in the middle of an oil boom as a result of the discovery of the Vaca Muerta…

Focus on the Amazons

Forests for Energy?

Forests for Energy?

In 2008, I was conducting fieldwork on the edges of a recently established large-scale oil palm plantation: Palmas del Shanusi. My investigations took me to…

Building Bridges

Book Talk