The São Paulo Forum Agenda for Latin America

Ricardo Mendez: Guatemalans Will Resist Socialist Coalition's Influence

IO Podcast|Episode 36

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Guatemalan President Bernardo Arévalo visited Honduran President Xiomara Castro ahead of the São Paulo Forum in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from June 27 to 29, 2024. According to Ricardo Mendez, president of the Foundation against Terrorism, this meeting could negatively impact Arévalo’s approval with constituents. Guatemala is a predominantly conservative country, and its citizens might better understand Arévalo’s associations with the region’s communist regimes and dictatorships.

Mendez also contends that, as long as the São Paulo Forum and its representatives maintain power across the region, organized crime and drug trafficking will proliferate. He explains that these regimes rely on disorder and weak institutions to implement their agendas and consolidate power.

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Paz Gómez

Paz Gómez is the Econ Americas research director and a widely published economic commentator. Based in Quito, she leads the firm’s office in Ecuador. She holds an MS in digital currency and blockchain from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, and a BA in international relations and political science from San Francisco University of Quito. She is a cofounder and the academic coordinator of Libre Razón, a classical-liberal think tank in Quito, Ecuador. Follow @mpazgomezm.

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