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  • AQ's Alana Tummino appears on VOA's Foro Interamericano

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    View an interview with AQ's Alana Tummino below (video is in Spanish).

    Alana Tummino, director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and editor of Americas Quarterly, participated in a virtual discussion this Friday alongside Luis Manuel Espinoza of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as part of Voz de América's Foro Interamericana (Interamerican Forum).

    The discussion, moderated by VOA's Patricia Dalmasy, focused on  new initiatives that cities in the hemisphere are exploring to combat climate change, manage rapid growth, and promote environmental sustainability and citizen security.

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  • Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2014 Released

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    The Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) 2014 was released today, ranking 129 developing and transition countries’ progress in consolidating democracy, economic development and political management.

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  • AQ and Efecto Naím Air Joint Report on Climate Change

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    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.

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  • New Americas Quarterly Released: Our Cities, Our Future

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    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.

    Read the table of contents and check out the AQ app. Subscribe now to take advantage of our special limited-time discount.


  • World Cup Puts Spotlight on Domestic Challenges for Brazil’s Rousseff

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    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.

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  • GEGI Releases China-Latin America Economic Bulletin

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    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.

    Key findings from the bulletin are listed below.

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  • Get to Know Americas Quarterly in a New Video

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    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.

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  • Robert A. Pastor, Friend of AQ

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    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.

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  • In Chile, Presidential Election Outcome Certain, Future Less So

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    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.

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  • WikiLeaks Publishes Secret TPP Draft Document

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    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.

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