Latin America’s rapid emergence from the global recession again reinforces its new role as a world economic player. But its continued prosperity depends on how well even the smallest economic players can stand up to international competition and on the future of free trade in the hemisphere.
The Winter issue of Americas Quarterly—released on January 27, 2011—looks at the hemisphere’s prospects for free trade and market access. AQ brings together scholarly analyses and investigative pieces that explore the real-world hurdles and opportunities for producers and workers as they seek a greater stake in the global economy. In this issue, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Canadian Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan answer how the hemisphere can move forward with trade liberalization. And AQ research shows the correlation, or lack of it, behind U.S. congressional support for free-trade agreements and the export benefits for each state and what that will mean for the Panama and Colombia FTAs.
Also, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) talks to AQ about the chances for immigration reform in the new Congress, Albert Fishlow explores what Dilma's government will mean for Brazil's economic and foreign policy, and Carlos Ignacio Rojas and Alejandro Vera examine the potential of the Integrated Latin American Market, or Mila, to increase opportunities for investors and startups.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Wake Up, Washington!
While Washington sleeps, the U.S. is losing the battle for Latin America’s markets.
CHARTICLE: Free Trade and the U.S. Congress
The export benefits of free-trade agreements, state by state.
From Tradition to Trade
Helping small artisanal producers compete on the global market is essential to reducing inequality.
As the World Trades
Canada looks beyond NAFTA toward a giant free-trade deal with the European Union.
CHARTICLE: Who Supports Free Trade (and Why)?
DANIEL ZIZUMBO-COLUNGA, ELIZABETH J. ZECHMEISTER AND MITCHELL A. SELIGSON
A 23-country survey shows broad support for free trade across Latin America.
Latin America’s Middle Income Trap
Economic success has left many countries unable to compete with either low-wage exporters or high-tech producers.
Taking Youth to Market
MATTHEW AHO AND RICHARD ANDRÉ
How to meet the challenge of rising youth unemployment and underemployment in the hemisphere.
CARLOS LABARTHE AND CARLOS DANEL
The microfinance industry has helped millions of poor entrepreneurs gain access to capital for the first time. Where does it go from here?
How to Protect and Defend Free Trade
JOSE GUILHERME REIS AND THOMAS FAROLE
If recession-wary governments succumb to protectionism, a decade of growth could be reversed. Here’s how to keep the momentum going.
Breaking the Cycle
DÓRA BESZTERCZEY AND SHANNON O’NEIL
The best crime-fighting strategy? Improve economic opportunities for all.
ASK THE EXPERTS:
How can we move forward with trade liberalization?
Ron Kirk, Samuel Dyer, Peter Val Loan, and Robert Lawrence respond.
Brazil: What’s Next?
The post-Lula, or Dilma, era promises both change and continuity.
Middle Classes, Education and Mobility
FLORENCIA TORCHE AND LUIS FELIPE LÓPEZ-CALVA
Entering, and staying, in Latin America’s growing middle class isn’t easy.
Strength in Numbers
CARLOS IGNACIO ROJAS AND ALEJANDRO VERA
The merger of the Colombian, Chilean and Peruvian stock exchanges is a milestone for hemisphere finance—and a sign of renewed economic confidence.
Panorama: Carnival in Trinidad, Jair Oliveira’s Sambazz, teaching haute cuisine in Mexico, 10 Things to Do in Puerto Williams, and more.
Hard Talk: Does Obama have a foreign policy for Latin America? Moisés Naím and Dan Restrepo respond.
Innovators/Innovations: Daniel Fetecua Soto explores Colombian dance. Pamela Chávez develops mine technologies in Chile. Teca Pontual transforms Rio schools. Gabriel Bran Lopez engages at-risk youth in Montréal.
Dispatches from the Field: Tábata Peregrín talks to Cuba’s released political prisoners in Spain.
Policy Updates: Bryce Rudyk on voluntary carbon reduction. Jorge Mercado on Central America’s power grid. Kray Luxbacher on U.S. mine safety.
Fresh Look Reviews: Tom Farer reviews a history of the cold war in Latin America. Janie Hulse on Argentina’s Montoneros. Paulo Sotero explores a new analysis of inequality in Brazil.
Just the Numbers: The hemisphere’s indigenous languages.
Learn more at www.AmericasQuarterly.org.
June 1: This AQ-Efecto Naím segment looks at sustainable cities in the hemisphere.