The collaborative project, called "Connecting the Americas," is a series of first-person narratives written by authors from across the hemisphere. The articles will look at current events, culture and politics in the Americas through the lens of individual experience, demonstrating how people engage with broader society and their democracy.
The first article in the series, "Walking Home Alone at Night in Buenos Aires," examines perceptions of crime and violence in Argentina—where homicide rates are low, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), but where crime has increased steadily in the past 20 years. Author Jordana Timerman describes her doubts and confusion as a middle-class porteña trying to determine whether it's safe to walk home alone at night as acquaintances and the media share disturbing evidence of the country's growing insecurity.
On February 20, Americas Quarterly published a new report in Spanish, concluding a year-long research project funded by the Ford Foundation on natural resource extraction and social development in Chile, Colombia, and Peru.
The report builds on the findings of local researchers working in each country—Enrique Calfucura (Chile), Astrid Martínez Ortiz (Colombia), Cynthia Sanborn, and Juan Luís Dammert B. (Peru)—whose individual country reports were published by AQ in July 2013. The new report, entitled Las mejores (y peores) prácticas para la extracción de recursos naturales en América Latina: Tres países, 12 casos de estudio, is a special compilation and analysis of the three country studies—each examining four local natural resource extraction investments—for a total of 12 case studies.
The goal of the research was to understand under what conditions investment in natural resource extraction contributed to broader community and national development. For the purposes of the study, the research defined “conditions” to include: the legal and regulatory framework that governs natural resource investments; the transparency and predictability of the legal and regulatory framework; the system in which public revenue is collected—through taxes and royalty payments—and distributed to national and subnational governments; the quality, efficacy, and honesty of local and regional governments; the community context and relations with the state and investors; and the labor and environmental practices of the investing companies.
To explore Americas Quarterly’s four reports on natural resource extraction, click here.
Click here to read the new synthesis report, published in February 2014.
View an interview with AQ’s Christopher Sabatini below
Christopher Sabatini, senior director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and founder and editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, was interviewed on CNN International this Tuesday about the growing political unrest in Venezuela.
The interview, moderated by CNN reporter Maggie Lake, focused on the deteriorating economic problems in Venezuela that have led to popular protests throughout the country.
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.
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.
June 1: This AQ-Efecto Naím segment looks at sustainable cities in the hemisphere.