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U.S. Risks Alienating Mexico

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:09

U.S. Risks Alienating Mexico

Articles & Op-EdsFriday, March 31, 2017

There are two conflicting narratives emerging from Washington on U.S. relations with Mexico. One calls for a hard line that risks alienating Mexico; the other is a more constructive effort involving detailed negotiations on the troika of security, trade and migration.

The Trump administration must pursue negotiations that yield benefits for both sides, writes AS/COA’s Chairman Emeritus William R. Rhodes for Financial Times.

Weekly Chart: Latin Americans and H-1B Visas

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 13:35

Weekly Chart: Latin Americans and H-1B Visas

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, April 5, 2017

It’s H-1B visa application season and, if the last four years are any indicator, that means the 85,000-visa quota allotted by the United States to these foreign professional temporary workers will be reached within about five days.

U.S. visas for foreign professionals are on the rise worldwide, but not when it comes to the Americas.

Update: Five Things to Know about Ecuador's Runoff Election

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 14:09

Update: Five Things to Know about Ecuador's Runoff Election

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, April 3, 2017

Ecuador’s presidential race was a dead heat leading right up to the April 2 runoff between former Vice President Lenín Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso. The outcome is also proving to be a close call, with Moreno, who served under President Rafael Correa, claiming a narrow win.

Here’s what you need to know about Ecuador’s second-round presidential vote. 

1. Moreno’s win is all but official.

Although Lenín Moreno's win is all but official, his rival Guillermo Lasso is crying foul. 

Venezuela Update: Political and Economic Crises Converge with Supreme Court Decision

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 18:01

Venezuela Update: Political and Economic Crises Converge with Supreme Court Decision

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 30, 2017

In what opposition leaders and some constitutional experts are calling a coup, Venezuela’s Supreme Court voted on March 29 to remove all of the powers assigned to the opposition-controlled Congress and assume those duties itself. The move came a day after members of the Organization of American States

On March 29, the Supreme Court voted to remove Congress’ ability to approve payments and loans, freeing up the government to get its hands on much-needed cash.

Peru Update: The Economic and Political Costs of Mother Nature and Poor Planning

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:23

Peru Update: The Economic and Political Costs of Mother Nature and Poor Planning

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 30, 2017

The 2017 rainy season hit Peru hard this year, with resulting floods causing 95 deaths and leaving nearly 700,000 people homeless in half of the territory. The floods not only washed away at least 175 bridges and countless roads, but eroded economic growth and political support, laying bare the consequences of insufficient investment in infrastructure.

Floods are expected to cost the country 1.6 percent of GDP in 2017, but with low debt and high reserves, Peru’s in better shape than most to up its infrastructure spending.

LatAm in Focus: Políticos latinoamericanos deben entender que la agenda LGBT es "mainstream"

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 14:31

LatAm in Focus: Políticos latinoamericanos deben entender que la agenda LGBT es "mainstream"

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 29, 2017

El primer político abiertamente gay elegido en Chile, Jaime Parada Hoyl, habla sobre los desafíos que enfrenta la comunidad en su país y al nivel regional.

Weekly Chart: Spending Time on Social Media in the Americas

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:03

Weekly Chart: Spending Time on Social Media in the Americas

InfographicsGabrielle Rocha RiosTuesday, March 28, 2017

Just over half of the world’s 7.5 billion population is online. Of those, 2.8 billion use social media, and 90 percent do so on their mobile phones—and no one more than Latin Americans—according to a January report from Hootsuite and We Are Social. Argentines, Brazilians, and Mexicans spend not just the most amount of time on social media in the region, but they’re among the top five in the world.

People in the Western Hemisphere use social media more than in any other region, and they’re likely doing so on mobile devices.

Update: EU and Mercosur's Window of Opportunity to Finalize Trade Deal

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:21

Update: EU and Mercosur's Window of Opportunity to Finalize Trade Deal

Hemispheric UpdatesRodrigo RiazaThursday, March 23, 2017

The European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc are in the middle of a renewed a push to hammer out a trade deal 18 years in the making. Delegations from both sides met in Buenos Aires from March 20 to 24 to advance talks toward an agreement that covers both trade and political cooperation.

Negotiators are in Buenos Aires through March 24 to advance a deal 18 years in the making.

Energy Update: A Look at the Books of Latin America's Big State Oil Firms

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 17:41

Energy Update: A Look at the Books of Latin America's Big State Oil Firms

Hemispheric UpdatesNaki MendozaWednesday, March 22, 2017

Latin America’s large state-backed oil companies reported their full-year earnings—and with modest results to show. Ecopetrol, Pemex, Petrobras, and YPF all posted either flat or declining figures in their finances and production for 2016. The results stem from an unfavorable combination of persistent low oil prices, adverse economic conditions, and domestic events that took a toll on operations and investments. Earnings from these companies represent a significant source of government revenue and their performance can have a strong ripple effect throughout the broader economy.

2016 was a difficult year for national oil companies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, proving the need for the energy sector reforms in each case.

#CouncilBR Recap: Brazilian Government Signals Plan to Stay the Course

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:01

#CouncilBR Recap: Brazilian Government Signals Plan to Stay the Course

Program SummariesLuisa LemeWednesday, March 22, 2017

Speakers:

The federal government met with the private sector in Brasilia to talk about investment and the country’s economic recovery.

A Seat at the Table: Five Steps to Making Latin American Politics More Diverse

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:27

A Seat at the Table: Five Steps to Making Latin American Politics More Diverse

Papers & ReportsWednesday, March 22, 2017

This new report from Americas Society, with support from the Ford Foundation, looks at strategies for electing and supporting minority lawmakers in Latin American politics. (También disponible en español.)

Resumo #CouncilBR: Temer diz que "o Brasil não desviará de seu rumo"

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:06
2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Brasilia

Resumo #CouncilBR: Temer diz que "o Brasil não desviará de seu rumo"

Program SummariesLuisa LemeWednesday, March 22, 2017

Oradores:

O governo federal brasileiro encontrou com o setor privado em Brasília para falar de investimento e recuperação econômica.

Weekly Chart: Tracking Traffic and Transportation in Latin America

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:05

Weekly Chart: Tracking Traffic and Transportation in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, March 16, 2017

It’s no breaking news that Mexico City regularly ranks as one of the most congested cities in the world. But that alone wouldn’t capture a related, commendable title: it also has the most high-performing metro system in Latin America, with both the largest volume of daily riders and highest usage rate.

Lima and Bogotá are the two largest cities in the region without metro systems.

Ecuador Update: Presidential Race Heats Up

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 17:58

Ecuador Update: Presidential Race Heats Up

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, March 15, 2017

Campaigning is underway in Ecuador in the hotly contested April 2 runoff to replace the outgoing President Rafael Correa. After coming in second in the February 19 first-round vote, the Creating Opportunities party candidate Guillermo Lasso has pulled into a slight lead in head-to-head polling against his competitor, Lenín Moreno of the PAIS Alliance ticket.

Former banker Guillermo Lasso has a slight edge in polling over Rafael Correa’s ex-Vice President Lenín Moreno ahead of the April 2 runoff.

LatAm in Focus: Cambiando la cultura machista de América Latina

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:58

LatAm in Focus: Cambiando la cultura machista de América Latina

PodcastsTuesday, March 14, 2017

Violeta Domínguez de la CAF habla del estado actual del liderazgo femenino luego de la “edad de oro” que tuvo la región.

Weekly Chart: The Burden of Brazil’s Pensions

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 14:21

Weekly Chart: The Burden of Brazil’s Pensions

InfographicsLuisa LemeThursday, March 9, 2017

The high cost of supporting an aging population has put changes to social security at the top of the government’s fiscal plans.

Explainer: Trade between Latin America and the European Union

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:31

Explainer: Trade between Latin America and the European Union

ExplainersGabrielle Rocha RiosThursday, March 9, 2017

In early February 2017, citing a “worrying rise of protectionism” in the wake of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mexico’s Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced they were accelerating talks to modernize their existing trade agreement, with new rounds scheduled for early April and late June of this year. 

The two regions trade more than $230 billion each year—a figure that could go up if the United States takes a protectionist turn.

#womenASCOA Summary: Closing the Gender the Gap - Bachelet Says "If we want to, we can"

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:46

#womenASCOA Summary: Closing the Gender the Gap – Bachelet Says "If we want to, we can"

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, March 8, 2017

Speakers:

Chile’s president joined other leaders to take account of the progress and pending obstacles to the economic and social inclusion of women.

Vice President Pence Could Be the next Special Envoy for the Americas

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:27

Vice President Pence Could Be the next Special Envoy for the Americas

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthWednesday, March 8, 2017

Nothing beats the personal touch. The ability to be heard in the most exclusive center of government power—the Oval Office—and the presence of a trusted and knowledgeable interlocutor at the highest levels to clarify issues and head off potential crises is the dream of almost every foreign representative in Washington, DC. Despite proximity, history and massive business and cultural ties, Latin America and the Caribbean generally have a more difficult time than others in getting their issues in front of the U.S. president.

The establishment of a meaningful channel for inevitable disagreements is more important than ever, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for The National Interest.

#womenASCOA resumen: Cerrando la brecha de género - Bachelet dice "Si se quiere, se puede"

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 16:17

#womenASCOA resumen: Cerrando la brecha de género – Bachelet dice "Si se quiere, se puede"

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, March 7, 2017

Presentadores:

La presidenta de Chile se unió con otros lideres para analizar el progreso y los atrasos pendientes en la inclusión económica y social de la mujer.

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