• Want to Strengthen our Manufacturing Industry? Pass Immigration Reform

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Jason Marczak, Senior Editor of Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americastogether with John Feinblatt, the chief policy advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergexplains why immigrants are critical to the manufacturing sector and argues that passing immigration reform should be a top priority for Congress this fall.

    Opinion: Want to strengthen our manufacturing industry? Pass immigration reform

    By John Feinblatt and Jason Marczak

    As Congress resumes its work this month, there are many uncertainties, not least of which is the economy. Our country is still in post-recession recovery mode and some economists project another rough patch this fall that may only be exacerbated by the looming budget crisis and the accompanying debt ceiling fight. Amid these upcoming debates in Congress, it is critical to remain focused on ways to preserve and create more American jobs.

    Here, one industry in particular stands out: manufacturing. It is a segment of the economy on which millions of American middle-class jobs depend. But it is also an industry that has undergone dramatic changes over the last half century, with the rise of both global manufacturing operations and the increasing prominence of high-skilled manufacturing. Our economy needs a strong manufacturing industry and our workers need the strong middle-class jobs the manufacturing industry provides.

    New research points to an oft-overlooked way to promote manufacturing jobs: enact immigration reform. A new report from Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Partnership  for a New American Economy (PNAE) shows how immigrants are playing a critical role in driving the U.S. manufacturing industry to create more jobs and to keep existing ones here in America. The research shows that 46 U.S. manufacturing jobs are created or preserved for every 1,000 immigrants who live in a county. In manufacturing hubs across the country, immigrants are adding new skills to allow manufacturing to grow and remain here in America.

    Together, the more than 40 million immigrants in America have created or preserved 1.8 million manufacturing jobs nationally.  To put that in context, that means immigrants are responsible for more than one in seven manufacturing jobs that remain in America today. In Los Angeles County, 40 percent of manufacturing jobs would vanish without immigrants.

    In fact, in four of the five U.S. counties that have experienced the greatest growth in manufacturing  jobs since 1970, immigration has accounted for a commanding majority of job growth. One of these areas is Harris County, Texas—home to Houston—which has seen an increase of 43,299 manufacturing jobs over the last 40 years. Immigration has been so integral to economic growth there that without it Harris would have actually lost manufacturing jobs during this period.

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  • Governing Peru in the Time of Party Collapse: Part I and II

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    In two articles published in World Politics Review, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini and Editorial Associate Wilda Escarfuller look at the evolution of Peruvian politics since the Fujimori era and the challenging conditions for governance. Part I examines the evolution of Peruvian politics since the Fujimori era and the challenging conditions for governance. Part II examines President Ollanta Humala’s government policy and solutions to address Peru’s political volatility and social upheaval.


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  • Uruguayan Government Hails Top Ranking on AQ Social Inclusion Index

    Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    In a communication published today by Uruguay's presidential office, Uruguayan Minister of Social Development Daniel Olesker discussed why his country leads the list of 16 countries in the hemisphere that were ranked in Americas Quarterly's recently-published 2013 Social Inclusion Index.

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  • AILA World Business Forum in Mexico

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    On September 26 and 27, Latin American political, business and social leaders will gather in the city of León, Mexico to celebrate the 2013 AILA World Business Forum.

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  • New Americas Quarterly Released: Energy in the Americas

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    Energy: A New Era in the Americas

    What is the hemisphere’s energy future? The Summer 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on July 31, explores energy security, energy production and consumption, and how new technologies and petroleum discoveries in the Americas could affect global and regional geopolitics. The new AQ looks at the United States’ chances of achieving energy independence, the obstacles Brazil must overcome to become a green energy powerhouse, Central America’s inefficient, decentralized energy grid, and the disconnect between global energy demand and the production of renewable energy.  

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  • AQ's Social Inclusion Index in The Christian Science Monitor

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    In an article published on July 30, The Christian Science Monitor provides a broad overview of Americas Quarterly's 2013 Social Inclusion Index, which will be released on July 31 with the launch of the Summer 2013 issue of AQ.

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  • AQ's Sabatini on VOA: Social Inclusion in the Americas

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini appeared on VOA's Foro Interamericana (Interamerican Forum) on Friday to discuss AQ's new Social Inclusion Index.

    Sabatini participated in a discussion with Dr. Mariana Anselme-López, chief of education programs at the Refugee Education Trust, and Judith Morrison, a senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The discussion, moderated by VOA's Patricia Dalmasy, marked the launch of Americas Quarterly’s 2013 Social Inclusion Index and focused on the overall Index findings as well as how to measure social inclusion, the correlation between certain variables and the importance of understanding social inclusion for comprehensive policy making.

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  • Will Snowden Come Between the U.S. and Latin America?

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    In an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations, AS/COA Senior Director of Policy and AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini analyzes Latin American governments' varied reactions to revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency conducted large-scale spying programs in Central and South America. Sabatini predicts that the consequences for U.S.-Latin American relations should be minimal because the U.S. has a multifaceted relationship with Latin American countries. However, he cautions that the news could lead to extra scrutiny of telecommunications agreements in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and adds that it will have a negative impact on the U.S.' moral standing in the region.

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  • AQ and Efecto Naím Air Joint Report on Anti- Americanism in Latin America

    Friday, July 12, 2013

    Because of the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America—and the outspoken anti-Americanism of some of its most visible leaders—many people assume that Latin Americans harbor strong anti-U.S. sentiments.

    Yet surprisingly, survey data reveals the exact opposite—Latin America is the most pro-American region in the world, including in countries where leaders frequently rail against U.S. imperialism.

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  • AQ Launches 2013 Social Inclusion Index

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    View the 2013 Social Inclusion Index.

    What is social inclusion? How do countries stack up in the region? On July 24, Americas Quarterly and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas hosted a pre-publication briefing of AQ's second annual Social Inclusion Index in Washington DC.

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