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Update: Brazil's Oil and Gas Auction Breaks Records

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 17:32

Update: Brazil's Oil and Gas Auction Breaks Records

Hemispheric UpdatesNaki MendozaThursday, September 28, 2017

International investors busted out their checkbooks on September 27 and pledged record amounts for the rights to develop Brazil’s oil and gas riches. The country’s fourteenth bid round for oil and gas exploration and production blocks drew more than $1.2 billion in signing bonuses from energy companies.

All told, the signing bonuses pledged on September 27 were more than double the amount anticipated.

Weekly Chart: Argentina's Legislative Elections by the Numbers

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:18

Weekly Chart: Argentina's Legislative Elections by the Numbers

InfographicsJulia d'AmoursElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 28, 2017

On October 22, Argentines will vote for a third of the seats in the Senate (24 out of 72) and half of those in the Chamber of Deputies (127 out of 257). The vote will determine how much sway President Maurico Macri’s reformist Let’s Change coalition will have in Congress.

The October 22 vote will determine how much sway President Maurico Macri’s coalition will have in Congress, as well as Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s return to politics.

LatAm in Focus: Economic Realities Facing Chile's Next President

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:44

LatAm in Focus: Economic Realities Facing Chile's Next President

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, September 27, 2017

Listen: Now heading candidate Sebastián Piñera’s economic platform, former Finance Minister Felipe Larraín talks tax reform, copper, and more.

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.

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