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Weekly Chart: Mapping Disasters and Displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:26

Weekly Chart: Mapping Disasters and Displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 21, 2017

It’s been a devastating September for Latin America, particularly for Mexico, shaken by two earthquakes, and the Caribbean, struck by one Category 5 hurricane after another. Every year, natural disasters like these displace an average 25 million people globally, and the risk of destruction grows as stronger storms converge with rapid, poorly planned urbanization.

As Mexico and the Caribbean assess the damage from earthquakes and hurricanes, we look at where the region stands on disaster-related internal displacements.

Update: Top Latin America Issues to Watch at UNGA

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:34

Update: Top Latin America Issues to Watch at UNGA

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, September 19, 2017

There’s no doubt that U.S. President Donald Trump’s first appearance at the UN General Assembly is dominating headlines as world leaders land in New York this week. As UNGA opens for the seventy-second time, what are some of the major issues for the Americas in the Trump era?

Trade

As UNGA opens debate for the first time in the Trump era, these are some of the main topics facing the Americas.

When Are Leaders from the Americas Speaking at the 72nd UN General Assembly?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:42

When Are Leaders from the Americas Speaking at the 72nd UN General Assembly?

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, September 18, 2017

Fall in New York kicks off with the opening debate of the UN General Assembly. Per tradition, Brazil will kick off the General Debate of the 72nd session with remarks by President Michel Temer. U.S. President Donald Trump is set to follow directly after in his first address to the body. The theme of this year’s debate is “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first address to the international body on Tuesday morning.

Weekly Chart: The Numbers on Pacific Alliance Trade

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:41

Weekly Chart: The Numbers on Pacific Alliance Trade

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 14, 2017

Webcast, Sept. 20: A Talk with Pacific Alliance Presidents

Member countries Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru account for 39 percent of Latin America’s GDP and 54 percent of the region’s global trade.

Update: How Is the International Community Responding to Venezuela?

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:21

Update: How Is the International Community Responding to Venezuela?

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, September 13, 2017

When it comes to the EU, OAS, and UN, responses to Venezuela’s crisis are mixed.

When it comes to the EU, OAS, and UN, responses to Venezuela’s crisis are mixed.

Is Mexico Turning to China in Lieu of the United States?

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:50

Is Mexico Turning to China in Lieu of the United States?

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, September 11, 2017

Are China and Mexico getting closer together? It sure looks that way. And why not? With U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), build a wall on the southern border, and deport thousands of migrants who came as children from Mexico to the United States, the reliability of the United States as a long-term partner is being openly debated in Mexico. 

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to China shows Mexico can diversify its economic relations beyond the United States, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for China-US Focus.

Actualización de Ecuador: Los primeros 100 días de Lenín Moreno como presidente

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:55

Actualización de Ecuador: Los primeros 100 días de Lenín Moreno como presidente

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, September 11, 2017

Olvídense de la luna de miel. Se acabó la cordialidad entre Lenín Moreno, el nuevo presidente de Ecuador, y su predecesor y antiguo mentor Rafael Correa. En los primeros 100 días del nuevo gobierno, ambos se divorciaron agria y públicamente.

Se acabó la cordialidad entre el presidente y su predecesor y antiguo mentor Rafael Correa.

Weekly Chart: Access to Drinking Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:26

Weekly Chart: Access to Drinking Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 7, 2017

With Hurricane Irma ravaging the Caribbean and two more storms brewing across the Atlantic, people are rushing to stock up on water.

As Hurricane Irma leaves 56,000 Puerto Ricans without water, we look at where the region stands on providing universal access to safe drinking water.

Ecuador Update: Lenin Moreno's First 100 Days as President

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 16:47

Ecuador Update: Lenín Moreno's First 100 Days as President

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, September 7, 2017

Forget a honeymoon period. The gloves are off between Ecuador’s new president, Lenín Moreno, and his predecessor and former mentor, Rafael Correa, as the two wage an acrimonious and public divorce in the first 100 days of the new administration.

The gloves are off between the president and his predecessor and former mentor, Rafael Correa.

LatAm in Focus: What to Watch in NAFTA Negotiations

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:39

LatAm in Focus: What to Watch in NAFTA Negotiations

PodcastsCarin ZissisWednesday, August 30, 2017

As Mexico readies to host the next NAFTA round, the Peterson Institute’s Gary Hufbauer covers the big ticket items for talks.

Weekly Chart: Oil and Remittances in Mexico's GDP

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:58

Weekly Chart: Oil and Remittances in Mexico's GDP

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, August 30, 2017

Remittances have been a buoy for the Mexican economy, rising 18 percent over the last five years while oil revenues from both crude and refined products fell by 68 percent in the same period. As of 2017, remittances have not just overtaken oil as a greater share of Mexican GDP, but the gap is only expected to widen in coming years.

The rise in remittances is putting more pesos in Mexicans’ pockets.

Q&A with Eric Farnsworth: What's at Stake in NAFTA Talks?

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:57

Q&A with Eric Farnsworth: What's at Stake in NAFTA Talks?

Exclusive InterviewsMonday, August 28, 2017

Over the last few days Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). His comments come in the midst of the early stages of efforts by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico to discuss ways to improve the agreement.

In an interview with Forbes.com, the COA vice president lays out sticking points for the renegotiation process.

#CouncilARG 2017 resumen: "Argentina - Perspectivas económicas y políticas"

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:52

#CouncilARG 2017 resumen: "Argentina – Perspectivas económicas y políticas"

Program SummariesMagdalena DayThursday, August 24, 2017

La consolidación del cambio en Argentina fue unos de los temas sobresalientes de la conferencia en donde expusieron varios miembros del gabinete de Mauricio Macri.

La consolidación del cambio en Argentina fue unos de los temas sobresalientes de la conferencia en donde expusieron varios miembros del gabinete de Mauricio Macri.

#CouncilARG 2017 Recap: "Argentina - Economic and Political Perspectives"

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:37

#CouncilARG 2017 Recap: "Argentina – Economic and Political Perspectives"

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezLuisa LemeHolly K. SonnelandThursday, August 24, 2017

Speakers:

Consolidating change in Argentina was one of the recurring themes of the conference, in which various members of Mauricio Macri's cabinet participated.

Explainer: Chile's Top Election Issues and Candidates

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:02

Explainer: Chile's Top Election Issues and Candidates

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, August 23, 2017

The deadline to register candidates for Chile’s general election officially was August 21, leaving eight contenders running for a first-round presidential vote on November 19. In the race for the top seat, ex-President Sebastián Piñera has a wide lead in the polls, but he’s likely to face one of two former journalists in a December 17 runoff.

Get background on the issues dominating the 2017 campaign trail and the presidential candidates leading the polls.

Update: Brazil's Congress Eyes Reforms ahead of the 2018 Elections

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:54

Update: Brazil's Congress Eyes Reforms ahead of the 2018 Elections

Hemispheric UpdatesMeg HealyLuisa LemeThursday, August 17, 2017

The country's lower house is in a race against time to increase campaign funds and change how legislators get elected.

The country's lower house is in a race against time to increase campaign funds and change how legislators get elected.

Mexico's Energy Reforms: Bearing Fruit At Last

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:54

Mexico's Energy Reforms: Bearing Fruit At Last 

Articles & Op-EdsNaki MendozaWednesday, August 16, 2017

March 18, 1938 lives on in Mexican history as the day that President Lázaro Cárdenas nationalised the assets of foreign oil companies and, in doing so, ushered in a 75-year monopoly on the country’s hydrocarbon riches by state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

July 12, 2017 might well go down as the day that the international oil industry firmly re-entrenched itself in Mexico.

As NAFTA talks get underway, Mexico’s latest big oil finds are a sharp reminder of the benefits of open energy investments, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza in Financial Times' beyondbrics.

Weekly Chart: U.S. Trade with Countries on Mike Pence's Latin America Tour

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:10

Weekly Chart: U.S. Trade with Countries on Mike Pence's Latin America Tour

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, August 16, 2017

U.S. trade volumes with Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Panama are at their lowest levels in six years.

Update: Who's Saying What on Pence's Trip to Latin America

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:04

Update: Who's Saying What on Pence's Trip to Latin America

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, August 15, 2017

In his first trip to Latin America as vice president, Mike Pence visits Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama, in that order.

The U.S. vice president visits Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama through August 18. While trade is a major focus, Venezuela keeps coming up.

Weekly Chart: Bridging Latin America's Skills Gap through Education

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:31

Weekly Chart: Bridging Latin America's Skills Gap through Education

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, August 10, 2017

Latin America has one of the biggest skills gaps in the world but, on the flip side, it’s one of the regions where investing in education gets the biggest return on investment. Latin Americans who go to college can expect to more than double their salaries, versus the 55 percent bump a college graduate in an OECD country gets.

At the beginning of the 2000s, only Colombia was spending more than one tenth of one percent of GDP on skills training. A decade later, five other countries in the region have done so. 

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