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Chile Election Update: Four Takeaways from the First Round

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:46

Chile Election Update: Four Takeaways from the First Round

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezMonday, November 20, 2017

Polls got it wrong and all eyes are on which way losing candidates’ votes will go when Alejandro Guillier and Sebastian Piñera compete in a December 17 runoff.

Polls got it wrong and all eyes are on which way losing candidates’ votes will go when Alejandro Guillier and Sebastian Piñera compete in a December 17 runoff.  

Why Trade Should Be Core to Trump's Pro-Growth Economic Policy

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:35

Why Trade Should Be Core to Trump's Pro-Growth Economic Policy

Articles & Op-EdsMonday, July 17, 2017

President Donald Trump has sparked enthusiasm in markets and boardrooms around the United States with a set of policies aimed at supporting American businesses: reforming our tax code, easing burdensome regulations, and finally investing in the improvement of American infrastructure. But the assault on trade, fueled by campaign rhetoric on both sides that has not abated under the new administration, is inconsistent with the President’s business-friendly agenda.

The U.S. president's assault on trade is inconsistent with his business-friendly agenda, writes former Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan Selig.

Explainer: The 2017 Honduran Presidential Election

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:08

Explainer: The 2017 Honduran Presidential Election 

ExplainersJulia d'AmoursTuesday, November 21, 2017

When Honduran voters cast ballots on November 26, the election will be haunted by the ghost of the not-so-distant past. Juan Orlando Hernández will be the first president legally allowed to run for reelection in a country that saw another head of state kicked out of power just over eight years ago out of fear he’d try to do the same thing. 

Polls show President Juan Orlando Hernández could win a second term on November 26 in a country where the issue of reelection sparked turmoil eight years ago.

Weekly Chart: A Timeline of 2017 and 2018 Elections in Latin America

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:17

Weekly Chart: A Timeline of 2017 and 2018 Elections in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, November 16, 2017

Latin Americans will vote for nine new presidents in two years, along with more than 2,900 legislators.

Viewpoint: A Setting Sun for U.S. Leadership on Trade

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:51

Viewpoint: A Setting Sun for U.S. Leadership on Trade

Viewpoints AmericasEric FarnsworthWednesday, November 15, 2017

After generations building the framework for global trade and investment, the United States is now actively withdrawing its support, calling into question its commitment to the liberal economic international order with every step it takes to undermine its own global web of economic and political alliances. The consequences are rapidly coming into focus. 

As TPP members move on without Washington, the consequences of an America First worldview are coming into sharp focus, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth.

LatAm in Focus: What to Look for in Chile's Presidential Elections

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:07

LatAm in Focus: What to Look for in Chile's Presidential Elections

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, November 15, 2017

Sebastián Piñera will likely win the November 19 vote, but turnout will be key for his rival to stand a chance in the runoff, says political scientist Patricio Navia.

Weekly Chart: How Latin America Views the United States in the Trump Era

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:45

Weekly Chart: How Latin America Views the United States in the Trump Era

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, November 9, 2017

A year after Donald Trump stunned much of the world with a poll-defying electoral win, Latin Americans are having a hard time warming up to him. On November 7, Latinobarómetro released the latest edition of an 18-country survey that’s been grading U.S. presidents since 2005 and found that the first year of the Trump presidency gets the lowest marks recorded—just 2.7 on a scale of 0 to 10. In fact, Latin Americans actually have a higher opinion of the deceased Fidel Castro than they do of the current U.S. president.

The region is having a hard time warming up to the U.S. president, but still prefers the United States over the EU or China. 

LatAm in Focus: Why Restructuring Venezuelan Debt Won't Happen under Maduro

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:51

LatAm in Focus: Why Restructuring Venezuelan Debt Won't Happen under Maduro

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, November 8, 2017

The question, says Nomura Securities’ Siobhan Morden, is if the government of President Nicolás Maduro is resilient enough to withstand the fallout of a hard default.

#BRAVObiz Recap: COA Symposium Examines Latin America's Changing Business Climate

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:41

#BRAVObiz Recap: COA Symposium Examines Latin America's Changing Business Climate

Program SummariesFriday, November 3, 2017

Speakers:

CEOs and policy executives convened in Miami to share insights on topics ranging from adapting to a digital economy to social inclusion challenges.

Weekly Chart: Where Latin Americans Are on Social Media

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:15

Weekly Chart: Where Latin Americans Are on Social Media

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, November 2, 2017

In few regions of the world are people as innovative—and effective—in how they use social media as are Latin Americans.

Even with half the online population, Brazil added more mobile social media users in 2016 than the United States did.

Colombia's Challenges: A Policy Briefing and Recommendations from the New Issue of Americas Quarterly

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:54

"Colombia's Challenges": A Policy Briefing and Recommendations from the New Issue of Americas Quarterly

Papers & ReportsThursday, November 2, 2017

Overview

To many outsiders, Colombia looks like a success story. Just 15 years ago, it was on the verge of becoming a “failed state”—besieged by kidnappers, guerrillas, and cocaine kingpins. Since then, violence and unemployment have plummeted. In 2016, President Juan Manuel Santos struck a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)—and won the Nobel Peace Prize.

However, to many Colombians, that rosy narrative is out-of-date—and out-of-touch.

Read a policy briefing and recommendations from the new issue of Americas Quarterly.

Update: Brazilian Pre-Salt Oil Field Auctions Raise the Bar Again

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:28

Update: Brazilian Pre-Salt Oil Field Auctions Raise the Bar Again

Hemispheric UpdatesNaki MendozaWednesday, November 1, 2017

As they did in September, international oil firms showed up in force again in October for auctions of Brazilian oil and gas blocks. On October 27, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels (ANP), the regulatory body for Brazil’s oil and gas industry, held two highly anticipated auctions for the crown jewel of the country’s natural resources: the pre-salt fields.

The $1.9 billion pledged in signing bonuses in two pre-salt auctions set a new record, though fell short of Brasilia’s goal of $2.3 billion.

Summary: Venezuela – Scenarios and Next Steps

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:01

Summary: Venezuela – Scenarios and Next Steps

Program SummariesRodrigo RiazaThursday, October 26, 2017

Speakers:

A panel of experts shared their take on the government’s bond payment schedule, the country’s deepening economic crisis, and what election results mean for the opposition. 

Resumen de #PeruSostenible: Las necesidades de infraestructura en una nueva realidad climática

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:58
2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Lima

Resumen de #PeruSostenible: Las necesidades de infraestructura en una nueva realidad climática

Program SummariesJulia d'AmoursLuisa LemeHolly K. SonnelandFriday, October 27, 2017

Oradores:

El Presidente Pedro Pablo Kuczynski inauguró la conferencia de AS/COA en Lima, enfocada en el dessarollo económico del país a través de la inversión en infraestructura.
 

#PeruSostenible 2017 Recap: Infrastructure Needs in a New Climate Reality

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:29

#PeruSostenible 2017 Recap: Infrastructure Needs in a New Climate Reality

Program SummariesJulia d'AmoursLuisa LemeHolly K. SonnelandThursday, October 26, 2017

Speakers:

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski opened the conference in Lima, which focused on fostering economic growth through infrastructure investment.

Weekly Chart: FDI in Latin America and the Caribbean

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:33

Weekly Chart: FDI in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, October 25, 2017

It’s not hard to see that there’s been a major mood shift when it comes to globalization. From Brexit to Trump, the new protectionist tone spelled a 14 percent decline in 2016 foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to emerging markets as talk of bringing production home in developed economies grew. As an October 2017 report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean shows, the region was not immune.

A global protectionist tone means less foreign investment in emerging markets, but it’s not all bad news for the region.

Update: Peru's Virtual Pipeline

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 17:53
2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Lima

Update: Peru's Virtual Pipeline

Articles & Op-EdsNaki MendozaWednesday, October 25, 2017

Early last month, a new truck-loading facility opened on the southern outskirts of Lima that will serve as a distribution hub for goods being delivered up and down the country. The logistics and venue would be fairly routine were it not for the nature of the product that will be transported: natural gas. Originally sourced from the Peruvian Amazon, the gas will be used to power and fuel nearly 200,000 homes across the country.

A virtual solution to a long-standing problem

A new distribution system will help bring natural gas to 11 cities across the country.

Overcoming the Skills Gap in Latin America: Challenges, Solutions, and Recommendations

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:04

Overcoming the Skills Gap in Latin America: Challenges, Solutions, and Recommendations

Papers & ReportsTuesday, October 24, 2017

Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Junior Achievement Americas led a roundtable discussion on closing the skills gap in Latin America at Miami Dade College on July 24. The purpose of the discussion was to identify and discuss the key factors behind the widening skills gap in the region, as well as to explore constructive solutions among the public, private, nonprofit, academia, and multilateral sectors that can enhance youth skills training and job placement.

AS/COA and Junior Achievement Americas produced a white paper summarizing the key takeaways of a roundtable discussion at Miami Dade College.

Populism is Coming for Latin America in 2018

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 13:40

Populism is Coming for Latin America in 2018

Articles & Op-EdsBrian WinterMonday, October 23, 2017

Predicting the future of Latin American politics is never easy. To paraphrase the 19th-century revolutionary Simón Bolívar, it is akin to plowing the sea. But even a casual glance over the political horizon should set alarm bells ringing. There is a real danger that outsiders with a stake in the region — from diplomats to global investors — are sleepwalking into 2018. Next year could herald the most consequential regional political realignment in a generation.

Given an election wave, investors and policymakers should pay closer attention to the region, write AS/COA’s Brian Winter and Igarapé Institute’s Robert Muggah for Foreign Policy.

How China and the Trump Effect Have Changed Japan's Position in Latin America

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:47

How China and the Trump Effect Have Changed Japan's Position in Latin America

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, October 23, 2017

Changing realities in the Americas are forcing Japan to re-evaluate its brand in the region. Seeking to preserve and expand its longstanding economic connections from Argentina to Mexico, Japan is taking active steps to raise its profile in the shadow of China’s continuing push into Latin America and growing uncertainty about the role of the United States under the Trump administration. As the newly protectionist trade talk coming out of Washington threatens economic pillars like NAFTA, there are surprising consequences for Tokyo.

Now is the time for Japan to take a more active role in the region, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for World Politics Review.

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