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LatAm in Focus: Can U.S. Agricultural Exports to Cuba Line up with White House Policy?

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:36

LatAm in Focus: Can U.S. Agricultural Exports to Cuba Line up with White House Policy?

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, June 1, 2017

As the Trump administration reviews U.S.-Cuba policy, Republican Congressman Rick Crawford makes the case for why his bill is a win-win.

The Best Thing Manuel Noriega Ever Did for Panama Was to Lose Power

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:44

The Best Thing Manuel Noriega Ever Did for Panama Was to Lose Power

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthWednesday, May 31, 2017

On Dec. 20, 1989, President George H.W. Bush sent 27,000 troops to Panama to topple the dictatorship of self-declared “Maximum Leader,” Manuel Noriega. The invasion — code-named “Operation Just Cause” — killed 23 U.S. personnel and several hundred Panamanians in the name of protecting U.S. citizens and interests as well as restoring Panama’s path to democracy.

After the dictator’s passing, U.S.-Panama relations went from hostility to development spurred by open trade, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for The Washington Post.

Punto de vista: Es hora de comprometerse a proteger los periodistas en México

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 14:56

Punto de vista: Es hora de comprometerse a proteger los periodistas en México

Viewpoints AmericasAntonio GarzaTuesday, May 30, 2017

Cecilio Pineda Birto se encontraba descansando en una hamaca cuando le dispararon y mataron. Miroslava Breach Velducea llevaba a la escuela a su hijo de catorce años. Ricardo Monlui Cabrera salía de un restaurante después del desayuno. Máximo Rodríguez estaba en un estacionamiento. Javier Valdez fue arrastrado de su auto a plena luz del día. Jonathan Rodríguez iba manejando junto a su esposa Sonia.

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La violencia contra periodistas amenaza las voces que México más necesita para garantizar la rendición de cuentas de las autoridades, escribe Antonio Garza, miembro de la junta directiva de Americas Society.

Viewpoint: Time to Commit to Protecting Mexico's Journalists

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:46

Viewpoint: Time to Commit to Protecting Mexico's Journalists

Viewpoints AmericasAntonio GarzaTuesday, May 30, 2017

Cecilio Pineda Birto was lying in a hammock when they shot and killed him. Miroslava Breach Velducea was taking her fourteen-year-old son to school. Ricardo Monlui Cabrera was walking out of a restaurant after breakfast. Máximo Rodríguez was in a parking garage. Javier Valdez was dragged from his car in broad daylight. Jonathan Rodríguez was driving alongside his wife Sonia.

Violence against reporters threatens the voices Mexico needs most to ensure accountability, writes Americas Society Board Member Antonio Garza.

Viewpoint: Why Brazil's Upcoming Oil Bid Rounds Are a Game Changer

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:39

Viewpoint: Why Brazil's Upcoming Oil Bid Rounds Are a Game Changer

Viewpoints AmericasNaki MendozaThursday, May 25, 2017

On May 11, six small and locally based Brazilian energy companies placed winning bids to develop oil and gas blocks across the country. The eight blocks span just 93 square kilometers and drew only a modest $2.5 million in total signing bonuses. Aside from the closest of industry observers, the affair went largely unnoticed. 

May’s relatively small bid round is a sign of big things to come for Brazil’s energy sector, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza.

Weekly Chart: Real Estate in Latin America

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:33

Weekly Chart: Real Estate in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, May 25, 2017

It’s been a rocky six months for the Mexican peso thanks to uncertainty on the other side of the northern border, but one sector could be both an anchor and buoy for Mexico: real estate.

Healthy middle classes in Mexico and Chile are fueling solid growth in the real estate sector.

México 2017 resumen: México y América del Norte - Una potencia global

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:46

México 2017 resumen: México y América del Norte – Una potencia global

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezHolly K. SonnelandCarin ZissisWednesday, May 24, 2017

Participantes

Luis Videgaray, Chrystia Freeland, Ildefonso Guajardo y José Antonio Meade, junto a líderes del sector privado, hablaron de la modernización del TLCAN y la competitividad de la región.

Mexico 2017 Recap: Mexico and North America – A Global Powerhouse

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:07

Mexico 2017 Recap: Mexico and North America – A Global Powerhouse

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezHolly K. SonnelandCarin ZissisTuesday, May 23, 2017

Speakers:

Luis Videgaray, Chrystia Freeland, Ildefonso Guajardo, and José Antonio Meade, along with 6 CEOs and other private-sector leaders, all spoke at the event in the Palacio Nacional. 

Weekly Chart: Venezuela's Infant and Maternal Health Crisis

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:02

Weekly Chart: Venezuela's Infant and Maternal Health Crisis

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, May 18, 2017

In early May, a report appeared on the Venezuelan Health Ministry’s website that no one had seen in almost two years: a weekly health bulletin. This one, from the last week of 2016, had government statistics showing dramatic increases in infant and maternal deaths from the prior year.

Venezuela’s maternal mortality rate is now estimated to be over 100 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Explainer: Cuba-Russia Ties Get a Tune-Up

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:41

Explainer: Cuba-Russia Ties Get a Tune-Up

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, May 17, 2017

Cuba’s former Soviet ally recently threw the island’s ailing economy a lifeline. On May 10, a tanker carrying 250,000 barrels of Russian oil arrived in Matanzas, some 60 miles east of Havana. It was Russia’s first shipment of refined oil to Cuba in decades, after being the country’s principal fuel supplier through the Cold War up until the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991.

With Venezuelan oil shipments down, Cuba’s former Soviet ally is providing a lifeline for the island’s ailing economy.

Update: The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Turns Five

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 17:43

Update: The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Turns Five

Hemispheric UpdatesRodrigo RiazaTuesday, May 16, 2017

On May 15, 2012, Colombia kicked off implementation of a long-delayed free-trade accord with Washington by sending a U.S.-bound planeload of flowers. The bilateral deal slashed over 80 percent of tariffs, decreased barriers to trade, and provided investment and procurement assurances to foreign investors. By 2020, all remaining tariffs are set to be phased out.

Despite an oil price drop and bilateral trade slump, more Colombian companies are exporting to the United States than before.

How to Improve NAFTA

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 16:40

How to Improve NAFTA

Articles & Op-EdsTuesday, May 16, 2017

A few days after marking its first 100 days in office, the Trump administration closed in on another milestone: $300 billion. That’s the total value of goods that crossed U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico between Inauguration Day and April 29.

Modernizing the trade deal would make the United States more—not less—competitive globally, write Mack McLarty and Penny Pritzker in the Los Angeles Times.

#CouncilBR Recap: São Paulo Is Jumping on Investors' Optimism

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 14:26

#CouncilBR Recap: São Paulo Is Jumping on Investors' Optimism 

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezLuisa LemeGabrielle Rocha RiosFriday, May 12, 2017

Speakers:

Mayor João Doria and private sector representatives discussed the next steps for ramping up the Brazilian economy.

Recap: The 47th Washington Conference on the Americas

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:29

Recap: The 47th Washington Conference on the Americas

Program SummariesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, May 10, 2017

Speakers:

“The Americas and the New Washington” featured keynote speeches from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and Senators John McCain and Marco Rubio.

Weekly Chart: Military Spending in Latin America and the Caribbean

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:37

Weekly Chart: Military Spending in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, May 10, 2017

Though global military spending rose over the last year, Latin America saw a big drop. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released 2016 data last month showing that, after the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean’s military spending fell the most: 7.9 percent from 2015 to 2016. The region’s $5 billion drop was largely affected by the overall downward trend among oil-exporting countries, which registered 13 of the largest 15 reductions in military spending around the world. 

Most countries cut spending in 2016, with Venezuela leading the pack.

Viewpoint: Five Things to Know about the Big Edomex Governor's Race

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:09

Viewpoint: Five Things to Know about the Big Edomex Governor's Race

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisThursday, May 4, 2017

With just four of 31 Mexican states holding regional elections on June 4, the votes are far from national in scope. But the results of one race—the much-prized gubernatorial seat in Estado de México, aka Edomex—is of national importance, given that its outcome serves as a preamble to next year’s presidential election. A month before the election, here’s what you need to know about the race.

The outcome of a June 4 gubernatorial election in Mexico’s most populous state could be an indicator of what’s to come in the 2018 presidential race.

Explainer: A Look at NAFTA's Biggest Trade Disputes

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:14

Explainer: A Look at NAFTA's Biggest Trade Disputes

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, May 3, 2017

From tomatoes to trucks to timber, disputes among the three countries of the North American Free Trade Agreement have been a reality of the deal since its implementation in 1994. After criticizing the trade relationship with Mexico throughout his presidential campaign and first months of his administration, U.S. President Donald Trump more recently pivoted to pointing fingers at the northern neighbor, highlighting issues with exporting dairy to Canada and importing lumber from it.

Whether over tomatoes or timber, Canada, Mexico, and the United States have had their fair share of disagreements since the trade deal's 1994 implementation.

Weekly Chart: NAFTA by the Numbers

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:40

Weekly Chart: NAFTA by the Numbers

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, May 3, 2017

After months of claiming the North American Free Trade Agreement had “destroyed” the U.S. economy and even drafting an executive order for U.S.

Canada and Mexico occupy the top two export destination spots for 26 U.S. states, including eight of the 10 biggest state economies.

LatAm in Focus: Fitch's Rafael Guedes on Brazil's Economy

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 13:43

LatAm in Focus: Fitch's Rafael Guedes on Brazil's Economy

PodcastsLuisa LemeTuesday, May 2, 2017

The rating agency’s managing director in Brazil explains the country’s rocky road toward growth.

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