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Global Trends and the Future of Latin America: Why and How Latin America Should Think About the Future

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Latin America must strengthen its ability to plan forward and deepen its strategic reflection if it is to govern better and improve the design of public policies. Achieving this may require countries in the region to familiarize themselves with global scenarios and to explore the types and scale of challenges that they might confront. A national perspective is not sufficient; a global vision is essential.
Globalization creates a stream of effects that cannot be controlled by individual countries. With an outlook that takes into consideration the rest of the world, Latin American governments could improve their capacity to anticipate events and, when those events occur, to respond effectively to uncertainty and rapid change. Through strategic planning that envisions diverse and myriad situations, countries of the region may be able to skirt damage or even identify advantageous responses. In effect, human action might alter trajectories in ways that could bring the region closer to desirable outcomes.
Foresight, Latin America, Global Trends, Natural Resources and Latin America, Disruptive innovation, Alternative Energy, Urbanization and Migration, Social Inclusion
Country of publication: 
United States
Publication date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016
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