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Viewpoint: Elections Shouldn't Stymie Mexico's and Brazil's Energy Sectors

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:35

Viewpoint: Elections Shouldn't Stymie Mexico's and Brazil's Energy Sectors

Viewpoints AmericasNaki MendozaThursday, April 12, 2018

Energy reforms take time to bear fruit and protectionist election pledges would lead to back stepping, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza.

LatAm in Focus: What the Summit of the Americas Was, Is, and Could Be

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 10:46

LatAm in Focus: What the Summit of the Americas Was, Is, and Could Be

PodcastsCarin ZissisWednesday, April 11, 2018

In light of the VIII Summit in Lima, AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth covers the issues on the table and ways the event can become more effective.

In light of the VIII Summit in Lima, AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth covers the issues on the table and ways the event can become more effective. 

Latin America's Battle Against Corruption: A Path Forward

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:59

Latin America's Battle Against Corruption: A Path Forward

Papers & ReportsTuesday, April 10, 2018

 Access the report.

This report explores the current, critical moment in the region’s fight against graft, and suggests eight strategies for building upon recent progress.

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Election and Presidential Candidates

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:40

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Election and Presidential Candidates

ExplainersCarin ZissisThursday, April 5, 2018

The presidential race is officially underway. Here's the rundown on the country’s biggest election in history.

Venezuela's Humanitarian Crisis

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:51

Venezuela's Humanitarian Crisis

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthWednesday, April 4, 2018

Humanitarian crisis and refugee camps are not part of the image of Latin America in the world. A middle-income region with a growing middle class, Latin America is supposed to be better than that. The alternative picture—thousands of refugees on the march, a destroyed economy and people on the verge of starvation—is jarring. It may also be one reason as to why the world is only now waking up to the fact that Venezuela, which sits on the world’s largest proven oil reserves, is collapsing.

Countries have a meaningful opportunity to address Venezuela's crisis at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth for Univision News.

Update: Carlos Alvarado Wins Costa Rican Presidency in Landslide

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 16:10

Update: Carlos Alvarado Wins Costa Rican Presidency in Landslide

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, April 2, 2018

In the first of Latin America’s six presidential elections in 2018Carlos Alvarado, 38, of the Citizen Action Party won Costa Rica’s presidential runoff in an unexpected landslide on April 1.

Incredible scenes in downtown San José after Costa Rica votes for a pro-same-sex marriage candidate pic.twitter.com/zfJIUKeicA

The ruling party candidate defied polls to best conservative Fabricio Alvarado by double digits in the April 1 vote.

Dirigentes, en la Conferencia Empresarial de Latinoamérica en Nueva York

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 15:01
YPA: 6th Annual NYU Stern LABA Conference

Dirigentes, en la Conferencia Empresarial de Latinoamérica en Nueva York

Articles & Op-EdsMonday, April 2, 2018Durante más de 10 años la Americas Society – Council of the Americas organiza esta conferencia con algunos de los líderes empresariales más destacados de Latinoamérica para discutir los problemas y desafíos que tienen las compañías de la región para expandir las empresas a escala regional y más allá. Además, en esta edición que reunió en Nueva York a estos empresarios con los jóvenes profesionales de las Américas (YPA), la Columbia Business School (CBS) y la Universidad de Nueva York (NYU), se trató el tema de la corrupción así como la necesidad de invertir en educación. 

En la conferencia para lideres empresariales organizada por la red de jóvenes profesionales de Americas Society/Council of the Americas, conocida como YPA, se trató el tema de la corrupción así como la necesidad de invertir en educación.

Five Things to Know about Costa Rica's Presidential Runoff

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:15

Five Things to Know about Costa Rica's Presidential Runoff

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, March 28, 2018

Ticos cast votes for Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado on April 1, Easter Sunday.

An Interview with CP Latina's Miguel Ruíz Tapia

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:36

An Interview with CP Latina's Miguel Ruíz Tapia

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, March 27, 2018

A CFO has one of the most multi-faceted jobs within a corporation, covering everything from the everyday operational aspects of running a multinational to keeping an eye on technology developments and the potential impacts on business stemming from global political and economic issues.

“You can't say your sales have grown when the results are from changes in exchange rates,” says the CFO of Latin America’s largest geothermal exploration and drilling company.

What the Next Secretary of State Must Know about Latin America

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:48

What the Next Secretary of State Must Know about Latin America

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthThursday, March 22, 2018

In a well-developed ritual of political transition in Washington, the State Department’s bureaucracy is already mobilizing to “read in” incoming secretary Mike Pompeo on the most pressing issues. Coming from the CIA, the secretary-designate will already have strong views and, after one year in the Trump administration, has undoubtedly developed a clear understanding of the priorities of the president whom he serves.

The first step? Acknowledging that there are very real security threats emanating from the region, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth for The National Interest.

Poll Update: In Mexico, Meade Rises but AMLO Rises More

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 17:45

Poll Update: In Mexico, Meade Rises but AMLO Rises More

InfographicsCarin ZissisThursday, March 22, 2018

In a March El Financiero presidential poll, the PRI’s José Antonio Meade takes the number two spot by a hair, but frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador now has an 18-point edge.

LatAm in Focus: Put a Little Trust in Mexico

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:03

LatAm in Focus: Put a Little Trust in Mexico

PodcastsCarin ZissisThursday, March 22, 2018

Mexicans may not place faith in government but, as a new survey shows, they trust civil society to step up. An initiative launched in March demonstrates why.

Peru, Corruption, and What to Do about the Summit of the Americas

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:57

Peru, Corruption, and What to Do about the Summit of the Americas

Articles & Op-EdsThursday, March 22, 2018

A year of political change in Latin America just became more unstable with Wednesday’s resignation of Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, known universally as PPK, prior to an impeachment vote for alleged vote buying he was sure to lose.

Now that Peru’s president—the host—has resigned, active consideration should be given to postponing the Summit of the Americas until 2019, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth for Univision News.

LatAm in Focus: In Colombia's 2018 Elections, Drama Is Good for Democracy

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 17:58

LatAm in Focus: In Colombia's 2018 Elections, Drama Is Good for Democracy

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandFriday, March 16, 2018

The country has presidential candidates across the spectrum, say columnists Álvaro Forero Tascón and Adriana La Rotta. And that’s a sign of just how far the post-conflict democracy has come.

Chart: Trade Flows in the New TPP-11

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:42

Chart: Trade Flows in the New TPP-11

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 14, 2018

On the same day the White House signed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the world’s third-largest trade bloc was born. The 11 remaining countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a pact that included the United States until Donald Trump took office—signed their own trade agreement on March 8 in Santiago de Chile.

We look at trade among the Pacific Rim countries, which now make up the world’s third-largest trade bloc.

Update: Colombian Presidential Race Comes into Focus

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:58

Update: Colombian Presidential Race Comes into Focus

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, March 13, 2018

Recent legislative elections gave much-needed definition to a crowded field ahead of the May 27 first-round vote.

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Legislative Elections

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:37

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Legislative Elections

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 8, 2018

The March 11 vote—the first in the FARC post-conflict era—will have significant implications for the May presidential vote. 

LatAm in Focus: Back to the Future in Chile and El Salvador?

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:29

LatAm in Focus: Back to the Future in Chile and El Salvador?

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezCarin ZissisThursday, March 8, 2018

NYU’s Patricio Navia talks about Sebastián Piñera’s return to Chile’s presidency, and AU’s Héctor Silva Ávalos tells us why the FMLN’s electoral loss is ARENA’s gain in El Salvador. 

An Emerging Competition for Latin America

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:53

An Emerging Competition for Latin America

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, March 5, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s early February visit to Latin America and the Caribbean was impressive in ambition and scope. Beginning in Mexico and continuing on to Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Jamaica, he made clear the United States’ long and abiding interest in working with regional partners and friends to strengthen democracy and support sustainable economic growth.

Beijing's growing influence in the region means Washington must become more diligent in its engagement with the region, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth for China-US Focus.

Chart: NAFTA by the Numbers in 2017

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:55

Chart: NAFTA by the Numbers in 2017

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 1, 2018

Trade between Canada, Mexico, and the United States grew 6.5 percent in 2017, hitting $1.2 trillion.

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