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Chart: Latin America's 2018 Economic Outlook

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:47

Chart: Latin America's 2018 Economic Outlook

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezMonday, January 8, 2018

The new year brings welcome news for Latin America and the Caribbean: 2.2 percent GDP growth projected for 2018—an increase of nearly a whole percentage point from 2017’s 1.3 percent growth.

As emerging economies heat up, the region is set to see one of the biggest accelerations in GDP growth.

Viewpoint: Mexico in 2018

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:35

Viewpoint: Mexico in 2018

Viewpoints AmericasMonday, January 8, 2018

The presidential election of 2018 will be the first to be held in Mexico without an international anchor that guarantees the continuity of economic policy since the era of competitive, democratic elections was inaugurated back in the 90s. That anchor has proven to be key to attracting investment and conferring certainty to the population as well as to investors and hence, to the gradual evolution of the country. This does not necessarily mean that there will be radical changes in the government's strategy.

For the first time since NAFTA came into effect in 1994, Mexico's future will not be driven by international commitments. This renders great consequences for both the U.S. and Mexico, writes COMEXI's Luis Rubio. 

Latin America's Big Stories You Might Have Missed in 2017

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:00

Latin America's Big Stories You Might Have Missed in 2017

Hemispheric UpdatesWednesday, December 20, 2017

The year has been a deluge of headlines, and there were probably hundreds, if not thousands, of stories from the hemisphere that flew under the radar. From cyborgs in Brazil to water shortages in Bolivia, we take a look at some of the stories we read in the last 12 months that we’re still thinking about at the end of the year—and ones we expect to be hearing more about in 2018.

From cyborgs in Brazil to water shortages in Bolivia, we take a look at stories and trends shaping the region over the past year—and ones we expect to hearing more about in 2018.

Election Update: What Piñera's Win Means for Chile

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:44

Election Update: What Piñera's Win Means for Chile

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezMonday, December 18, 2017

As business mogul Sebastián Piñera gets a second stab at the presidency, we look at the implications for legislation, markets, and trade.

LatAm in Focus: Venezuela, Elections, Sanctions, and Baseball

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 11:52

LatAm in Focus: Venezuela, Elections, Sanctions, and Baseball

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, December 14, 2017

In this podcast, Mark Feierstein, NSC senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs in the Obama White House, lays out a multi-pronged strategy for pressuring the Maduro regime ahead of 2018 elections.

Weekly Chart: Latin America's 2017 in Numbers

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:13

Weekly Chart: Latin America's 2017 in Numbers

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, December 13, 2017

It’s been a doozy of a year. To help you keep track of what came, what went, and what’s ahead, AS/COA Online put together the numbers of some of our most popular infographics of the year, from Venezuela’s perpetually near-breaking point to how Latin Americans view marijuana legalization.

From Venezuela to vacation destinations, we highlight the year in numbers from our top infographics.

Weekly Chart: Income Inequality in Latin America

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:19

Weekly Chart: Income Inequality in Latin America

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezFriday, December 8, 2017

Few regions in the world are as unequal as Latin America. Out of the 20 most unequal countries worldwide when measuring income inequality on the Gini Index, eight are Latin American while the rest are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

From 2002 to 2013, total income inequality fell in 16 out of 17 Latin American countries.

Explainer: A Look at Reelection in the Americas

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:31

Explainer: A Look at Reelection in the Americas

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandThursday, December 7, 2017

As Bolivia’s Evo Morales eyes a fourth consecutive term, we look at other places in the Americas where the topic of reelection has made waves in recent years.

LatAm in Focus: A New Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:29

LatAm in Focus: A New Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria?

PodcastsLuisa LemeWednesday, December 6, 2017

CUNY’s Edwin Meléndez sees a rising solidarity within the Puerto Rican diaspora and the possibility of a new political era.

Listen: CUNY's Edwin Meléndez sees a rising solidarity within the Puerto Rican diaspora and the possibility of a new political era.

The Trump Administration Is in Danger of Making a 'Huge' Mistake in NAFTA Talks

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:18

The Trump Administration Is in Danger of Making a 'Huge' Mistake in NAFTA Talks

Articles & Op-EdsMonday, December 4, 2017

Five of seven planned rounds of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement recently concluded in Mexico City, yet we remain far from a deal. As an investment banker and trade negotiator who has seen many deals crater because one party overplayed its hand, risk of a failed negotiation is real.

The best way for the United States to deliver on putting America first is actually to put North America first, writes former Undersecretary of Commerce Stefan Selig.

Honduras' Troubled 2017 Presidential Election

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:01

Honduras' Troubled 2017 Presidential Election

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisFriday, December 1, 2017

Polls predicted reelection for President Juan Orlando Hernández on November 26, yet initial results gave a 5-point lead to Salvador Nasralla. After days of delays and technical glitches, updated tallies put the president ahead as the country slid into its biggest political crisis since 2009.

After days of delays and technical glitches, updated tallies put the president ahead as the country slides into its biggest political crisis since 2009.

Weekly Chart: Polls Gone Awry in the Americas

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:50

Weekly Chart: Polls Gone Awry in the Americas

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandFriday, December 1, 2017

If there’s one lesson to be learned from recent polling debacles, it’s that voters should never base their decision to head to the ballot box on them.

Mexico Update: The 2018 Presidential Race Comes into Focus

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:58

Mexico Update: The 2018 Presidential Race Comes into Focus

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisThursday, November 30, 2017

On November 27, José Antonio Meade threw his hat into the ring. Can he beat Andrés Manuel López Obrador—and a whole host of other contenders?

Honduras Update: A Surprise (Partial) Result in the Presidential Vote

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 18:08

Honduras Update: A Surprise (Partial) Result in the Presidential Vote

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisMonday, November 27, 2017

Polls indicated incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández’s reelection, but corruption concerns appear to have given a leg up to former sportscaster Salvador Nasralla.

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.

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