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Colombian-Ecuadorian Relations: One Year After

A year after an Americas-wide effort to calm tensions between Quito and Bogotá moved into high gear, diplomatic relations remain ruptured. Despite efforts by the Group of Rio, the Organization of American States (OAS) and The Carter Center, the damage is unlikely to be repaired any time soon. This may be good for the illegal … Read more Colombian-Ecuadorian Relations: One Year After

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The Next Move for Canada’s Liberals

President Barack Obama’s recent day-trip to Canada’s capital not only set a positive tone for dealing with sensitive bilateral and global issues, it put a rare smile on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s face and highlighted one of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff’s positive attributes: his connections to the United States. The 7-hour visit gave Stephen Harper … Read more The Next Move for Canada’s Liberals

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Obama Needs an Economic Initiative for the Americas

The Bush administration ended with economic collapse on nearly every measure. The greatest fear now is that the combined effect of the $700 billion financial sector bail-out, a near-zero federal funds rate and President Obama’s $820 billion economic stimulus package still might not turn the economy around by 2010. But tough times may also open … Read more Obama Needs an Economic Initiative for the Americas

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Canada’s PM Harper Faces Down His Opponents, Undermining Liberal Leader Dion in the Process

Compared to Americans enthralled by an exciting, too-close-to-call election, Canadians were yawning when they went to the polls on October 14. It seemed like yet another unwanted election—the third since 2004—brought on by obscure reasons that only Stephen Harper, the prime minister, knew for sure. The results were predictable. Harper won a strengthened Conservative minority … Read more Canada’s PM Harper Faces Down His Opponents, Undermining Liberal Leader Dion in the Process

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Keys for a Sustainable and Democratic Development in Latin America

Latin America’s vast geography contains great wealth as well as endless cultural, linguistic and historical diversity. While Latin American countries may face common challenges, finding solutions to these problems is a process as varied as the region itself. It will be imperative for the next U.S. President-elect to understand this fact and respond accordingly. Challenges … Read more Keys for a Sustainable and Democratic Development in Latin America

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Take Care of the Bucks

A few words are sufficient: Mr. President, take care of the dollar! In Latin America, and Mexico especially, we are holding our breath to see how the 44th U.S. president will steer his country’s economy through the current storm. Although the health of the dollar is important around the world, it is vital to Latin … Read more Take Care of the Bucks

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Interview: Up Close with the AQ Editorial Team

With the launch of the new Americas Quarterly website, we thought we’d take the opportunity to sit down with one of our colleagues to reflect a little, informally, about how we see the region, the journal and our all-critical readers.  Our colleague, Caitlin Miner-Le Grand, the AS/COA communications associate, cooked up a set of questions … Read more Interview: Up Close with the AQ Editorial Team

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Recalibrate the U.S.-Canada Relationship

In the hurly-burly of the most engaging presidential campaign in decades, America looked beyond its borders and noticed that Canada is both up here and over there. That’s up here, as in gushing two millions barrels of oil south every day, and over there, as in an ally pumping blood and money into Afghanistan’s absorbent … Read more Recalibrate the U.S.-Canada Relationship

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Deepen NAFTA to Strengthen Our Economies

I want to congratulate the American people for an election campaign that was not only historic but reassuring to the rest of the world. The primary season was particularly reassuring: the fact that two of the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination were a woman and a man of Mexican-American descent, with the eventual winner … Read more Deepen NAFTA to Strengthen Our Economies