What's New From AQ
Sunday, June 2, 2013Read More
Americans have long seen the effectiveness of the National Rifle Association in blocking gun control legislation in the United States. But fewer know about their surprising efforts outside of the United States, from Brazil to Canada, and even in the United Nations.
The ninth joint report by Americas Quarterly and Efecto Naím, which aired on Sunday, June 2, looks at why the U.S.-based gun lobby is fighting gun control throughout the Americas, and what it could mean for the fight to reduce gun violence.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
On Tuesday, May 28, Americas Quarterly launched its Spring 2013 issue, "Latin America Goes Global," at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The new AQ focuses on Latin America’s increasing global role and the ways that countries in the hemisphere are asserting their new economic and diplomatic influence in the world.
During a half-day symposium, policymakers and experts explored these ideas and other key topics examined in the new AQ, including the future of U.S. power in the hemisphere, the role of emerging blocs like UNASUR, IBSA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the region, the impact of new trade and investment on diplomacy, and how the U.S. should respond to changing hemispheric dynamics. The new issue also looks at the stagnation in U.S. scholarship on Latin America, and one of the enduring myths about Latin America's relationship with the United States—the region's supposed anti-Americanism.
Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo presented a luncheon keynote address. Other panelists included authors from the recent AQ, including Andy Baker (Gringo Stay Here!), Mariano Bertucci (Latin America Has Moved On: U.S. Scholarship Hasn't, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan (What is IBSA Anyway?) and Jeffrey Schott (The Next Big Thing? The Trans-Pacific Partnership & Latin America).
Watch a video of the second panel below.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013Read More
In an op-ed for World Politics Review, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini argues that Bolivian President Evo Morales' economic pragmatism sets him apart from other populist Latin American leaders, even though his recent bid for a third term in office and the ejection of USAID from Bolivia may invite comparisons to other ALBA leaders like Rafael Correa and the late Hugo Chávez.
by: Christopher Sabatini
Monday, May 13, 2013
In light of President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Latin America May 2 to 5 and Latin America’s increasingly global role, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini looks at the United States’ heightened and shifting attention to Latin America. In a blog post for the Financial Times’ “beyondbrics” blog Sabatini explores the U.S.’s evolving strategy to leverage its domestic market and free trade agreements as tools to bolster hemispheric cooperation.
At last, U.S. recognition of its national interest in Latin America
By: Christopher Sabatini
It’s become a common refrain: US influence in the western hemisphere is on the wane. Whether measured by the US’s commercial weight in the region or its ability to dictate the terms of debate on everything from Cuba to narcotics, there is little doubt that the “Colossus to the North” is confronting a more diverse and at times contentious hemisphere.
President Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica in May and Vice President Joe Biden’s plans to travel to Brazil, Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago reflect – at long last – the US’s recognition of its national interest in the rising economic and diplomatic powers of its hemisphere and its capacity to influence its current and potential allies.
Saturday, May 4, 2013Read More
In an article published in the Financial Times’ “beyondbrics” blog, Eric Farnsworth—vice president of the Council of the Americas and a regular AQ blog contributor—looks at Bolivian President Evo Morales’ decision on Wednesday to oust USAID and explores the ramifications for Bolivia’s development.
Bolivia’s magical realism
By: Eric Farnsworth
Thursday, May 2, 2013Read More
The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will host a two-day roundtable conference in New York in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 2 and 3. The “Press Freedom, Press Standards and Democracy in Latin America” conference will begin on Thursday evening and continue all day on Friday at Columbia’s Journalism Building.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Latin America Goes Global: From Diplomacy to Business to Pop Culture, the Ways the Region is Changing the World
The Spring 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on May 2, examines the ways in which Latin America is asserting its new economic and diplomatic influence in the world and the future of U.S. power in the region. The new AQ looks at emerging blocs like UNASUR, IBSA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, changes in regional and extra-regional commerce flows and foreign direct investment, the stagnation in U.S. scholarship on Latin America, and one of the enduring myths about Latin America's relationship with the United States—the region's supposed anti-Americanism.
Also in the issue, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson shares ten facts that you didn't know about U.S.-Latin America relations.
Plus, read in-depth articles on the NRA's hemispheric efforts to beat back gun control legislation beyond the United States, the Brazilian government's attempt to reform its monetary policy, and the toll that mara violence and extortion is taking on organized labor in Guatemala.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013Read More
In an article for the Financial Times’ “beyondbrics” blog, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan—a senior advisor at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and author in the upcoming issue of Americas Quarterly—writes about the future of IBSA, the three-country coalition of India, Brazil and South Africa. As the three countries celebrate the IBSA Dialogue Forum’s 10th anniversary in New Delhi this June, Kurtz-Phelan argues that common democratic values and development experiences may give IBSA more staying power than the larger BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa)—if IBSA members can overcome their own challenges at home.
Monday, April 29, 2013Read More
For the first time, The New York Times has published an investigative and multimedia piece in English and Spanish. The piece highlights an untold chapter of the drug war in Mexico that inspired the 2000 Hollywood film, Traffic.
“A Drug War Informant in No Man’s Land” by Ginger Thompson describes the dramatic decline of Luís Octavio López, a former police chief in Mexico whose role as an informant to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) precipitated his life’s devastating spiral from a successful officer to an impoverished fugitive.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Jason Marczak, Senior Editor of Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, discusses important changes taking place in Mexico in an article for the CNN Opinion, and what the U.S. can do to take advantage of its neighbor's fast-growing economy.
By Jason Marczak
President Barack Obama will find that much has changed in Mexico when he arrives on May 2. Our neighbor to the South -- and second-largest export market -- has moved far ahead with reforms.
As Congress crafts comprehensive immigration legislation, Democrats and Republicans must keep in mind that Mexico is changing rapidly, and policies crafted to reflect yesterday's Mexico will not help the U.S. make the most of the potential of today's and tomorrow's Mexico.
Mexico's future is bright, and tapping into this growth and economic prosperity is vital to U.S. competitiveness. But the U.S. needs immigration reform to build on its huge bilateral trade with Mexico -- more than $1 billion in goods and services each day, or $45 million an hour.
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has achieved in less than five months in office what eluded previous administrations for six years. In the second half of 2013, he hopes to add energy to the improvements in education and telecommunications that are sailing through under the umbrella of the Pact for Mexico political agreement.
Demographic and economic transformations in Mexico mean that the U.S. can expect the number of Mexicans coming into the U.S. to slow to a trickle. Mexicans make up about 58% of the 11 million in the U.S. without authorization.
Read the rest of the article here.