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Chart: U.S. Oil Imports from Latin America

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 14:01

Chart: U.S. Oil Imports from Latin America 

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, May 10, 2018

Oil is on the rebound—pricewise. After the price per barrel of crude fell to as low as $30 in early 2016, it closed on May 7 at over $70 a barrel for the first time since November 2014. One reason for the price surge is the agreement by OPEC and other major oil producers early last year to curb production as demand rises in a stronger global economic scenario.

In February, Colombia sent more oil to the United States than Venezuela did for the first time.

Recap: The 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:29

Recap: The 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Program SummariesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, May 9, 2018

“Washington and the world must remain actively engaged with the region and continuously build constructive relationships as these changes unfold,” said AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal, who opened the 48th Annual Washington Conference of the Americas along with AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth.

Many speakers had strong words for Venezuela, none more so than U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

8 Weeks to Go: Inside Mexico's Elections

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:53

8 Weeks to Go: Inside Mexico's Elections

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisTuesday, May 8, 2018

A new PRI head, AMLO and business leaders, an ill-conceived tweet. AS/COA's Carin Zissis writes from Mexico on the latest issues shaping the races.

Chart: The Millennial Vote in Latin America's Big Three Elections

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 18:14

Chart: The Millennial Vote in Latin America's Big Three Elections

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezFriday, May 4, 2018

How significant is the under-35 electorate in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico? 

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Gubernatorial Elections

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 14:06

Explainer: Mexico's 2018 Gubernatorial Elections

ExplainersCarin ZissisWednesday, May 2, 2018

The governing PRI could lose all nine races, but it’s not the only party at risk. Here’s why these seats matter, along with potential victors ahead of July 1.

Interview: Digital Transformation as Darwinism in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:18

Interview: Digital Transformation as Darwinism in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, April 24, 2018

Digital transformation is, or at least should be, among the top priorities for companies that want to survive in the fourth industrial revolution. A company that lags in digital innovation is at risk of disappearing as new, highly digitized competitors move in.

CFOs need to be “accountants, engineers, and psychologists” in an era of digital innovations, says Swarovski Head of Finance Mauro Echeverri.

Update: Paraguayans Elect Mario Abdo Benítez President

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 15:40

Update: Paraguayans Elect Mario Abdo Benítez President

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezMonday, April 23, 2018

The former senator from the ruling Colorado Party is expected to maintain the current president’s business-friendly policies with reforms to security, education, and health.

Viewpoint: Four Takeaways from Mexico's First Presidential Debate

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:33

Viewpoint: Four Takeaways from Mexico's First Presidential Debate

Viewpoints AmericasCarin ZissisMonday, April 23, 2018

The much-anticipated event was seen as a chance to dent AMLO’s formidable poll lead. Here’s what happened during the April 22 debate.

Poll Tracker: Colombia's 2018 Presidential Election

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 15:30

Poll Tracker: Colombia's 2018 Presidential Election

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, April 19, 2018

We monitor the findings of some of Colombia's main pollsters to see how candidates are faring ahead of the May 27 first round and June 17 runoff.

We monitor the findings of some of Colombia's main pollsters to see how candidates are faring ahead of the May 27 first round and June 17 runoff.

Make the Summit of the Americas Great Again

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:14

Make the Summit of the Americas Great Again

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthSaturday, April 14, 2018

The last time prior to this weekend that Peru hosted a major international meeting was in late 2016 with leaders from the Asia Pacific. That’s when China’s President Xi Jinping proclaimed his nation to be the main defender of open markets across the region. Simultaneously, newly elected President Donald Trump declared his intention to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership and to rethink U.S. relations with some of our closest allies and friends, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. The tectonic real-time shift in geopolitics was unmistakable.

Common sense and good judgment suggest that U.S. interests are better served with sustained engagement in the hemisphere, write Mack McLarty and Eric Farnsworth in Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The Real Challenge to U.S.-Mexico Relations

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:21

The Real Challenge to U.S.-Mexico Relations

Articles & Op-EdsTuesday, April 17, 2018

As Mexico’s presidential election kicks into high gear before votes are cast on July 1, analysts continue to speculate on how Donald Trump may be helping to elect Mexico’s firebrand candidate, front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the leftist MORENA party. Some assume that a nationalist U.S. president—hell-bent on insulting Mexico and one who repeatedly has ambushed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as they have sought to engage diplomatically—will cause Mexicans to vote for a nationalist and populist president of their own as a foil.

Mexicans won't pick their next president based on Trump tweets, but that doesn't mean bilateral ties aren't in jeopardy, writes AS Board Member Arturo Sarukhan in The Hill.

Explainer: Paraguay's 2018 Elections

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:27

Explainer: Paraguay's 2018 Elections

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, April 17, 2018

The governing party presidential candidate leads polls ahead of the April 22 election. Young voters could play a big role—if they show up.

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.

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