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6 Weeks to Go: A Debate, Congressional Shifts, and One Candidate Out in Mexico's Race

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:16

6 Weeks to Go: A Debate, Congressional Shifts, and One Candidate Out in Mexico's Race

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisThursday, May 24, 2018

We’re down to fewer than 40 days until Mexico’s election.

Colombia Update: Five Issues Hovering over Sunday's Election

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:37

Colombia Update: Five Issues Hovering over Sunday's Election

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, May 24, 2018

A dam, turnout, and Venezuela could all play a hand in the May 27 presidential first-round vote.

Recap: Women's Economic Empowerment in Brazil

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:45

Recap: Women's Economic Empowerment in Brazil

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, May 23, 2018

“Gender inequality is one of the hottest topics in the business world today,” said Fernando Alves, vice chairman of the Board of Amcham Brasil, in the opening remarks to AS/COA’s Latin American Cities Conference in São Paulo, in partnership with the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Why are diverse companies better off? Industry leaders and executives weigh in on affirmative policies at AS/COA’s annual conference in São Paulo.

LatAm in Focus: Creating, Rebuilding, and Reinventing Latin American Cities

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:46

LatAm in Focus: Creating, Rebuilding, and Reinventing Latin American Cities

PodcastsLuisa LemeCarin ZissisWednesday, May 23, 2018

Experts from 100 Resilient Cities and the Getty Research Institute cover how the past and future connect in the urban areas that the vast majority of Latin Americans call home. 

Timeline: Brazil's 2018 Elections

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:54

Timeline: Brazil's 2018 Elections

InfographicsLuisa LemeTuesday, May 22, 2018

Given the tempestuous nature of Brazilian politics in recent years, here are dates to help bring clarity as we approach the October 7 elections.

Interview: Cybercrime, Disruption, and Tech Evolution

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 16:54

Interview: Cybercrime, Disruption, and Tech Evolution

Exclusive InterviewsMonday, May 21, 2018

Due to the nature of their position, financial executives are usually the first targets for cyberattacks in a company, also making them the first line of defense along with the IT department.

Everyone is trying to keep up with the pace of technological evolution—including criminals, says Acercasa’s Juan Carlos Benavides.

LatAm in Focus: Everything More Important than Venezuela's Election

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:31

LatAm in Focus: Everything More Important than Venezuela's Election

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, May 16, 2018

Northwestern’s Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez explains why the international private sector might be more effective than sanctions at bringing change to the South American country. 

7 Weeks to Go: How North American Ties Fit into Mexico's Elections

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 17:26

7 Weeks to Go: How North American Ties Fit into Mexico's Elections

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisTuesday, May 15, 2018

Amid unease over NAFTA timelines, we take a look at how relations with Washington factor into Mexico’s July 1 presidential vote.

Chart: U.S. Oil Imports from Latin America

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 14:01

Chart: U.S. Oil Imports from Latin America 

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, May 10, 2018

Oil is on the rebound—pricewise. After the price per barrel of crude fell to as low as $30 in early 2016, it closed on May 7 at over $70 a barrel for the first time since November 2014. One reason for the price surge is the agreement by OPEC and other major oil producers early last year to curb production as demand rises in a stronger global economic scenario.

In February, Colombia sent more oil to the United States than Venezuela did for the first time.

Recap: The 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:29

Recap: The 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Program SummariesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, May 9, 2018

“Washington and the world must remain actively engaged with the region and continuously build constructive relationships as these changes unfold,” said AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal, who opened the 48th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas along with AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth.

Many speakers had strong words for Venezuela, none more so than U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

8 Weeks to Go: Inside Mexico's Elections

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:53

8 Weeks to Go: Inside Mexico's Elections

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisTuesday, May 8, 2018

A new PRI head, AMLO and business leaders, an ill-conceived tweet. AS/COA's Carin Zissis writes from Mexico on the latest issues shaping the races.

Chart: The Millennial Vote in Latin America's Big Three Elections

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 18:14

Chart: The Millennial Vote in Latin America's Big Three Elections

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezFriday, May 4, 2018

How significant is the under-35 electorate in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico? 

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Gubernatorial Elections

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 14:06

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Gubernatorial Elections

ExplainersCarin ZissisWednesday, May 2, 2018

The governing PRI could lose all nine races, but it’s not the only party at risk. Here’s why these seats matter, along with potential victors ahead of July 1.

Interview: Digital Transformation as Darwinism in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:18

Interview: Digital Transformation as Darwinism in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, April 24, 2018

Digital transformation is, or at least should be, among the top priorities for companies that want to survive in the fourth industrial revolution. A company that lags in digital innovation is at risk of disappearing as new, highly digitized competitors move in.

CFOs need to be “accountants, engineers, and psychologists” in an era of digital innovations, says Swarovski Head of Finance Mauro Echeverri.

Update: Paraguayans Elect Mario Abdo Benítez President

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:40

Update: Paraguayans Elect Mario Abdo Benítez President

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezMonday, April 23, 2018

The former senator from the ruling Colorado Party is expected to maintain the current president’s business-friendly policies with reforms to security, education, and health.

Viewpoint: Four Takeaways from Mexico's First Presidential Debate

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:33

Viewpoint: Four Takeaways from Mexico's First Presidential Debate

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisMonday, April 23, 2018

The much-anticipated event was seen as a chance to dent AMLO’s formidable poll lead. Here’s what happened during the April 22 debate.

Poll Tracker: Colombia's 2018 Presidential Election

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:30

Poll Tracker: Colombia's 2018 Presidential Election

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, April 19, 2018

We monitor the findings of some of Colombia's main pollsters to see how candidates are faring ahead of the May 27 first round and June 17 runoff.

We monitor the findings of some of Colombia's main pollsters to see how candidates are faring ahead of the May 27 first round and June 17 runoff.

Make the Summit of the Americas Great Again

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:14

Make the Summit of the Americas Great Again

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthSaturday, April 14, 2018

The last time prior to this weekend that Peru hosted a major international meeting was in late 2016 with leaders from the Asia Pacific. That’s when China’s President Xi Jinping proclaimed his nation to be the main defender of open markets across the region. Simultaneously, newly elected President Donald Trump declared his intention to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership and to rethink U.S. relations with some of our closest allies and friends, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. The tectonic real-time shift in geopolitics was unmistakable.

Common sense and good judgment suggest that U.S. interests are better served with sustained engagement in the hemisphere, write Mack McLarty and Eric Farnsworth in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Real Challenge to U.S.-Mexico Relations

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:21

The Real Challenge to U.S.-Mexico Relations

Articles & Op-EdsTuesday, April 17, 2018

As Mexico’s presidential election kicks into high gear before votes are cast on July 1, analysts continue to speculate on how Donald Trump may be helping to elect Mexico’s firebrand candidate, front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist MORENA party. Some assume that a nationalist U.S. president—hell-bent on insulting Mexico and one who repeatedly has ambushed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as they have sought to engage diplomatically—will cause Mexicans to vote for a nationalist and populist president of their own as a foil.

Mexicans won't pick their next president based on Trump tweets, but that doesn't mean bilateral ties aren't in jeopardy, writes AS Board Member Arturo Sarukhan in The Hill.

Explainer: Paraguay's 2018 Elections

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:27

Explainer: Paraguay's 2018 Elections

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, April 17, 2018

The governing party presidential candidate leads polls ahead of the April 22 election. Young voters could play a big role—if they show up.

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