The Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) 2014 was released today, ranking 129 developing and transition countries’ progress in consolidating democracy, economic development and political management.
Global summits to address climate change have repeatedly failed to deliver on their ambitious goals. Meanwhile, scientists' predictions for the potential consequences of global warming grow more and more dire. Can smaller-scale efforts be successful where the global summits have failed? Can new energy technology give policymakers better options for reducing their emissions?
The 11th joint report by Americas Quarterly and Efecto Naím, which aired on Sunday, February 9, looks at the most and least promising solutions to the climate crisis.
New Americas Quarterly Released: Our Cities, Our Future
What are our cities doing to improve sustainability, and how do these efforts translate across social classes and political administrations? The Winter 2014 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on February 5, explores the challenges of the hemisphere’s rapid urbanization and looks at emerging initiatives to make cities more environmentally friendly, safer and more integrated. With articles by scholars, policymakers, journalists, and sustainability advocates across the hemisphere, the new AQ takes a close look at the most urgent issues facing our cities today.
In this issue, former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard describes the process of reviving his once-polluted city, and Ellis J. Juan explains how the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has partnered with cities across the hemisphere to build more sustainable infrastructure and combat climate change. From Bogotá and Curitiba, journalists Sibylla Brodzinsky and Flora Charner visit Latin America’s two pioneering green cities to see how their urban planning innovations have helped the cities’ poorest residents and how they have fallen short. Plus, two AQ Charticles feature some of the most successful initiatives across the hemisphere, from transportation to housing, and a few of our favorite urban apps.
Finally, read in-depth articles on 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with insights from former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León and former White House Chief of Staff Thomas F. McLarty III. Bernardo J. Rico challenges the theory that the decriminalization of marijuana will reduce violence in Central America, and journalist Nathaniel Parish Flannery speaks with members of an Acapulco citizen’s militia to understand why these men and women are taking up arms.
As the 2014 World Cup approaches, all eyes are on Brazil, which has fallen far behind FIFA schedule. In an article for World Politics Review, Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini analyzes the gradual decline in the Brazilian economy under the Rousseff Administration, as well as other pressing issues, such as crime and bureaucracy that may surface from international attention during the World Cup, and will likely hold leverage in the October presidential elections.
Today, the Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI) released its annual China-Latin America Economic Bulletin, providing data and summarizing recent trends in the China-Latin America economic relationship for policymakers, journalists, analysts and advocates.
GEGI, together with the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, hopes that the 2013 bulletin will provide the public with financial and investment data on China and Latin America’s relationship that is otherwise unavailable.
In a region where extremes have often defined political discussions, Americas Quarterly aims to reach an evolving center. Whether covering trade policy in Cuba, consulta previa and resource extraction in Peru or freedom of the press across the Americas, AQ strives to offer a platform for practical solutions and on-the-ground insights.
Launched in 2007, AQ has worked to contribute to a new dialogue on the Americas based on analysis and debate about the region’s policy, economics, finance, and social issues.
Americas Quarterly is deeply saddened to hear of the death of its longtime supporter and friend, Robert A. Pastor, who passed away on January 8, 2014.
As Chileans head to the polls on November 17, former President Michelle Bachelet's eventual victory seems assured, although this will be Chile's first presidential election in which voting is not mandatory. In an article for World Politics Review, Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini examines what may lay ahead for the former president if she returns to La Moneda, and challenges the notion that a Bachelet victory—and possible electoral, political and constitutional reforms—will bring turmoil to Chile.
WikiLeaks—the online organization responsible for the release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010—published a secret 95-page draft chapter on intellectual property rights from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on Wednesday. TPP negotiations have included representatives from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, and Brunei, but have been closed to the public.
Media in the Americas: Threats to Free Speech
How can we preserve freedom of expression in the Americas, and what are the hemisphere’s greatest threats to a free and independent press? The Fall 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on October 23, explores violence against journalists, media concentration, the challenges posed by new media legislation, and government suppression of critics and whistleblowers. With articles by award-winning journalists and freedom of expression advocates across the hemisphere, the new AQ takes a close look at the biggest obstacles facing those who risk their lives to keep the public informed.
In the issue, Santiago Canton—the first OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and current director of RFK Partners for Human Rights—describes how the office continues its 15-year effort to protect journalists, human rights and democracy. Brazilian journalist Mauri König details the surge of violence against journalists in Brazil. Plus, journalists Alfredo Corchado, Carlos Dada, Michèle Montas-Dominique, Tim Padgett, Ricardo Uceda and Jorge Ramos—all winners of Maria Moors Cabot gold medal prizes for journalism—offer their insights about the future of journalism in the Americas.
Finally, read in-depth articles on sustainable energy access for the poor, Brazil’s new brand of democracy promotion in the hemisphere, Venezuela’s electricity deficit, and the chances that negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC will bring peace.
June 1: This AQ-Efecto Naím segment looks at sustainable cities in the hemisphere.