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Update: Brazil's Sweeping Land Reform

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 16:57

Update: Brazil's Sweeping Land Reform

Hemispheric UpdatesMeg HealyWednesday, July 5, 2017

Brazilian President Michel Temer suffered a political blow last week when the attorney general formally charged him with corruption on June 26.

Brazilian President Michel Temer scored a political victory amid a crisis of confidence as a key land reform bill passes Congress. 

Weekly Chart: Powerful Passports and Visa-free Travel in the Americas

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:53

Weekly Chart: Powerful Passports and Visa-free Travel in the Americas

InfographicsCarin ZissisThursday, June 29, 2017

Ready to plan a vacation? Make sure to check visa requirements before you pack your bags. While the 10 most powerful passports in the Americas allow holders access to at least 120 countries with either no visa or visa on arrival, those same 10 nations might well ask you to apply for a visa before you get there. In fact, only Chile and Costa Rica make the top-10 lists for the Americas for both strong passports and welcoming countries, per Arton Capital’s Passport Index

Find out which passports are most likely to let you sail through immigration, and which countries tend to open their doors to visitors without visas. 

LatAm in Focus: Brazil's Economic Gains amid Political Crisis

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:41
Brazil Briefing: An Update on Reforms and the Investment Environment

LatAm in Focus: Brazil's Economic Gains amid Political Crisis

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, June 29, 2017

Listen: Prospectiva Consulting’s Ricardo Sennes explains how the country’s economy is moving forward and what a presidential candidate will need to do to win the 2018 election.

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:05

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, June 28, 2017

On June 23, former Presidents of Colombia Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana announced that their parties, the Democratic Center and the Conservative Party, were joining forces to form a “great coalition,” just as campaigning for 2018 elections revs up.

The race to replace outgoing Presidential Juan Manuel Santos is on, with candidates from across the spectrum.

The Coming Venezuela Reckoning for China and the United States

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:35

The Coming Venezuela Reckoning for China and the United States

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, June 26, 2017

Washington is hardening its approach to the crisis enveloping Venezuela. With strong Congressional support on a bipartisan basis, the Trump Administration has declared the Venezuelan Vice President to be a narcotics trafficking kingpin, sanctioned members of the Supreme Court, and met in solidarity with leading opposition figures.  Further steps may well be under consideration, particularly if the regime of Nicolas Maduro continues to deny basic civil liberties to its people.  Speaking in Miami at a June 15, 2017 conference on Central America, U.S.

Beijing should join a growing international consensus that’s working to forge a more sustainable path for Venezuela, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for China-US Focus.

Summary: CFO Forum in Bogotá

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:00

Summary: CFO Forum in Bogotá

Program SummariesMonday, June 26, 2017

Global liquidity is still high, and that, in turn, creates a volatile environment where relatively small changes on interest rates produce large swings in capital flows and, in turn, on exchange rates. That was a key take away from June’s Council of the Americas CFO Forum in Bogotá, Colombia.

Council of the Americas’ forum in Bogotá explored how CFOs should make sense of regional economic conditions in a volatile context. 

Summary: Washington and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:12

Summary: Washington and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Program SummariesRebecca BintrimMonday, June 26, 2017

Speakers:

“The closer you get to the border itself, the better Mexicans and Americans understand each other,” said AQ’s Brian Winter at the El Paso event.

LatAm in Focus: Chilean Voters "Are Not Looking for Pure, Perfect Politicians"

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:58

LatAm in Focus: Chilean Voters "Are Not Looking for Pure, Perfect Politicians"

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, June 22, 2017

Listen: Ahead of a July 2 primary vote, political scientist Patricio Navia discusses the top candidates and issues in Chile’s presidential election.

Weekly Chart: Growing E-Commerce in Latin America

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:26

Weekly Chart: Growing E-Commerce in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, June 21, 2017

If you’re a seller in Bogotá and you want to try and sell your wares in Buenos Aires, good luck. Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the lowest levels of intraregional trade: just about a quarter of exports stay within the region, compared to half of exports among NAFTA and Asian countries, and more than two-thirds of European ones. While the mammoth U.S.

While online retail giant Amazon mushrooms in the United States, we look at where e-commerce is heading in Latin America.

Update: Chile, Brazil Could Offer Respite to U.S.-Canada Lumber Dispute

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:18

Update: Chile, Brazil Could Offer Respite to U.S.-Canada Lumber Dispute

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezFriday, June 16, 2017

On April 24, the Trump administration put an end to the tariff-free lumber trade between Canada and the United States. The White House imposed a 24 percent duty on Canadian lumber imports as an anti-dumping measure to counter the Canadian government’s quasi-support of the logging industry.

The United States has a lumber problem and Latin America could offer solutions.

Weekly Chart: Where Support Stands for Washington's Cuba Policy

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 17:41

Weekly Chart: Where Support Stands for Washington's Cuba Policy

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, June 13, 2017

On Friday, June 16, U.S. President Donald Trump is set to announce his administration’s changes to Washington’s Cuba policy during his trip to Miami. The city is home to the largest Cuban-American community in the United States and, with 54 percent of Florida’s Cuban voters casting ballots for Trump in November’s election, the president expects a receptive audience.

Ahead of Donald Trump’s expected announcement on Cuba, here’s how Congress and Americans overall feel about thawing ties with the island.

How Central America Could Win from Trump's "America First" Policies

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:46

How Central America Could Win from Trump's "America First" Policies

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthThursday, June 8, 2017

The United States continues to be frustrated by a lack of progress in Central America even with a growing body of work supporting economic development, crime and insecurity. After years of slow burn, regional realities exploded onto Washington’s political agenda at the end of the Obama administration with the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the Southwest border of the United States.

The White House can best support the Northern Triangle by backing job creation in the formal economy, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth in The National Interest.

Entrevista con el candidato presidencial colombiano Iván Duque

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:51

Entrevista con el candidato presidencial colombiano Iván Duque

Exclusive InterviewsHolly K. SonnelandFriday, June 9, 2017

Si no nos diversificamos, tendremos grandes retos.”

“Quiero ser el presidente que lleve a la economía colombiana a crecer por encima del 7 por ciento”, dijo el senador del Centro Democrático en Bogotá.

Weekly Chart: Higher Education and Its Return on Investment in Latin America

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:30

Weekly Chart: Higher Education and Its Return on Investment in Latin America

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, June 8, 2017

Graduates with a higher-education degree make 104 percent more than those with high school diplomas.

Resumen de Bogotá 2017: Colombia a los ojos de Wall Street

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:36

Resumen de Bogotá 2017: Colombia a los ojos de Wall Street

Program SummariesMeg HealyHolly K. SonnelandCarin ZissisThursday, June 8, 2017

Oradores:

Un debate sobre si el vaso está medio lleno o medio vacío dominó buena parte de la discusión de la vigésima primera conferencia de AS/COA en la capital colombiana.

Interview: Colombian Presidential Candidate Iván Duque

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:07

Interview: Colombian Presidential Candidate Iván Duque

Exclusive InterviewsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, June 8, 2017

“If we don’t diversify, we’ll have big challenges.”

"I want to be the president that gets the Colombian economy growing above 7 percent," said the Democratic Center senator from Bogotá. 

Bogotá 2017 Recap: Colombia in the Eyes of Wall Street

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:34

Bogotá 2017 Recap: Colombia in the Eyes of Wall Street

Program SummariesMeg HealyHolly K. SonnelandCarin ZissisThursday, June 8, 2017

Speakers:

A glass-half-empty-or-half-full debate dominated much of the discussion at AS/COA’s twenty-first conference in the Colombian capital.

LatAm in Focus: Francisco Goldman on Chronicling Mexico City

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 15:18

LatAm in Focus: Francisco Goldman on Chronicling Mexico City

PodcastsCarin ZissisTuesday, June 6, 2017

In a conversation with poet Mónica de la Torre, the novelist explains how a game of chance helped him rediscover his adopted home city. 

Weekly Chart: How Latin American Leaders Use Social Media

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:47

Weekly Chart: How Latin American Leaders Use Social Media

InfographicsLuisa LemeFriday, June 2, 2017

Presidential tweets aren’t just a political force in the United States. Beyond President Donald Trump’s “covfefe” tweet, heads of state, ministries, government offices, and diplomats all over the world use social media to communicate with constituencies, exercise diplomacy, and win votes in elections.

Whether by Twitter or Periscope, Latin American governments are reaching constituents on social media like never before.

AS/COA 2016 Annual Report

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 16:53

AS/COA 2016 Annual Report

Communications MaterialsThursday, June 1, 2017

AS/COA's 2016 Annual Report details the organization's accomplishments, domestic programs, international events from last year. Download the report to read summaries, view photos, and learn more information.

 

Learn more about AS/COA's programs and successes in 2016.

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