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LatAm in Focus: Six Weeks to Fix Venezuela's Health Crisis

6 hours 27 min ago

LatAm in Focus: Six Weeks to Fix Venezuela's Health Crisis

PodcastsGuillermo ZubillagaFriday, July 21, 2017

Venezuela's government could solve its malnutrition crisis—if it wanted to. Caritas Venezuela's Susana Raffalli explains how.

Gustavo Dudamel Speaks Out on Conflict in Venezuela

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:51

Gustavo Dudamel Speaks Out on Conflict in Venezuela

Articles & Op-EdsWednesday, July 19, 2017

The Americas Society 2016 Cultural Achievement Award winner and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel states his position on the ongoing conflict in his native country of Venezuela in this New York Times op-ed.

"Nothing justifies the bloodshed of my fellow citizens," writes the Americas Society 2016 Cultural Achievement Award winner and conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a New York Times op-ed.

Weekly Chart: Latin America's Books by the Numbers

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:22

Weekly Chart: Latin America's Books by the Numbers

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, July 19, 2017

Does your summer reading list include a Latin American novel? From Gabriela Mistral to Gabriel García Márquez, Latin America has a rich literary history, celebrating six Nobel Prize winners in literature.

The region's literary depth goes well beyond magical realism.

Update: Five Fast Numbers on Venezuela's July 16 Referendum

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 17:27

Update: Five Fast Numbers on Venezuela's July 16 Referendum

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, July 17, 2017

On July 16, Venezuelans held a referendum on President Nicolás Maduro’s plan to rewrite the Constitution. But the vote wasn’t sanctioned by the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE), which has shut down every opposition-led project and even nullified electoral wins over the last few years. Sunday’s vote, on the other hand, was completely voluntary.

More Venezuelans voted in South Florida than did the country’s entire expat community in the 2013 presidential election.

Weekly Chart: Argentina's New Inflation Numbers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:03

Weekly Chart: Argentina's New Inflation Numbers 

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, July 13, 2017

On July 11, Argentina registered a feat: the first publication of unadulterated inflation numbers since 2006. Mauricio Macri, who took office in late 2015, has focused on turning around the country’s economy via measures that include refurbishing the country’s national statistics agency, Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INDEC).

On July 11, Argentina published its first undoctored inflation figures since 2007. 

Update: A Tale of Two Venezuelan Votes in July

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:49
Voices from Venezuela: Understanding the Crisis

Update: A Tale of Two Venezuelan Votes in July

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, July 13, 2017

One vote will set in motion the process to rewrite the Constitution. The other is a symbolic protest.

One vote will set in motion the process to rewrite the Constitution. The other is a symbolic protest.

LatAm in Focus: Why the Paris Agreement Spells Wins for Latin America

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 18:12

LatAm in Focus: Why the Paris Agreement Spells Wins for Latin America

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, July 6, 2017

With or without the United States in the Paris accord, Latin America can reap benefits from battling climate change, says Brown University’s Guy Edwards.

With or without the United States in the Paris accord, Latin America can reap benefits from battling climate change, says Brown University’s Guy Edwards.

Weekly Chart: Venezuela's Crisis by the Numbers

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 17:09

Weekly Chart: Venezuela's Crisis by the Numbers

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, July 6, 2017

On July 5, members of the National Guard stood by as armed civilian bands of government supporters, known as colectivos, stormed the Venezuelan National Assembly—the one branch of power controlled by the opposition—and held almost 300 legislators and their staff under siege for close to seven hours. The images of congressmen with blood streaming from their heads dominated social media and news media in short succession.

We look at everything from detentions to deaths to debt as protests between armed forces and opposition supporters enter their fourth month.

Update: Brazil's Sweeping Land Reform

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 16:57

Update: Brazil's Sweeping Land Reform

Hemispheric UpdatesMeg HealyWednesday, July 5, 2017

Brazilian President Michel Temer suffered a political blow last week when the attorney general formally charged him with corruption on June 26.

Brazilian President Michel Temer scored a political victory amid a crisis of confidence as a key land reform bill passes Congress. 

Weekly Chart: Powerful Passports and Visa-free Travel in the Americas

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 14:53

Weekly Chart: Powerful Passports and Visa-free Travel in the Americas

InfographicsCarin ZissisThursday, June 29, 2017

Ready to plan a vacation? Make sure to check visa requirements before you pack your bags. While the 10 most powerful passports in the Americas allow holders access to at least 120 countries with either no visa or visa on arrival, those same 10 nations might well ask you to apply for a visa before you get there. In fact, only Chile and Costa Rica make the top-10 lists for the Americas for both strong passports and welcoming countries, per Arton Capital’s Passport Index

Find out which passports are most likely to let you sail through immigration, and which countries tend to open their doors to visitors without visas. 

LatAm in Focus: Brazil's Economic Gains amid Political Crisis

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:41
Brazil Briefing: An Update on Reforms and the Investment Environment

LatAm in Focus: Brazil's Economic Gains amid Political Crisis

PodcastsLuisa LemeThursday, June 29, 2017

Listen: Prospectiva Consulting’s Ricardo Sennes explains how the country’s economy is moving forward and what a presidential candidate will need to do to win the 2018 election.

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:05

Explainer: Colombia's 2018 Elections

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, June 28, 2017

On June 23, former Presidents of Colombia Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana announced that their parties, the Democratic Center and the Conservative Party, were joining forces to form a “great coalition,” just as campaigning for 2018 elections revs up.

The race to replace outgoing Presidential Juan Manuel Santos is on, with candidates from across the spectrum.

The Coming Venezuela Reckoning for China and the United States

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:35

The Coming Venezuela Reckoning for China and the United States

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, June 26, 2017

Washington is hardening its approach to the crisis enveloping Venezuela. With strong Congressional support on a bipartisan basis, the Trump Administration has declared the Venezuelan Vice President to be a narcotics trafficking kingpin, sanctioned members of the Supreme Court, and met in solidarity with leading opposition figures.  Further steps may well be under consideration, particularly if the regime of Nicolas Maduro continues to deny basic civil liberties to its people.  Speaking in Miami at a June 15, 2017 conference on Central America, U.S.

Beijing should join a growing international consensus that’s working to forge a more sustainable path for Venezuela, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for China-US Focus.

Summary: CFO Forum in Bogotá

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:00

Summary: CFO Forum in Bogotá

Program SummariesMonday, June 26, 2017

Global liquidity is still high, and that, in turn, creates a volatile environment where relatively small changes on interest rates produce large swings in capital flows and, in turn, on exchange rates. That was a key take away from June’s Council of the Americas CFO Forum in Bogotá, Colombia.

Council of the Americas’ forum in Bogotá explored how CFOs should make sense of regional economic conditions in a volatile context. 

Summary: Washington and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 15:12

Summary: Washington and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Program SummariesRebecca BintrimMonday, June 26, 2017

Speakers:

“The closer you get to the border itself, the better Mexicans and Americans understand each other,” said AQ’s Brian Winter at the El Paso event.

LatAm in Focus: Chilean Voters "Are Not Looking for Pure, Perfect Politicians"

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:58

LatAm in Focus: Chilean Voters "Are Not Looking for Pure, Perfect Politicians"

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, June 22, 2017

Listen: Ahead of a July 2 primary vote, political scientist Patricio Navia discusses the top candidates and issues in Chile’s presidential election.

Weekly Chart: Growing E-Commerce in Latin America

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:26

Weekly Chart: Growing E-Commerce in Latin America

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, June 21, 2017

If you’re a seller in Bogotá and you want to try and sell your wares in Buenos Aires, good luck. Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the lowest levels of intraregional trade: just about a quarter of exports stay within the region, compared to half of exports among NAFTA and Asian countries, and more than two-thirds of European ones. While the mammoth U.S.

While online retail giant Amazon mushrooms in the United States, we look at where e-commerce is heading in Latin America.

Update: Chile, Brazil Could Offer Respite to U.S.-Canada Lumber Dispute

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 18:18

Update: Chile, Brazil Could Offer Respite to U.S.-Canada Lumber Dispute

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezFriday, June 16, 2017

On April 24, the Trump administration put an end to the tariff-free lumber trade between Canada and the United States. The White House imposed a 24 percent duty on Canadian lumber imports as an anti-dumping measure to counter the Canadian government’s quasi-support of the logging industry.

The United States has a lumber problem and Latin America could offer solutions.

Weekly Chart: Where Support Stands for Washington's Cuba Policy

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 17:41

Weekly Chart: Where Support Stands for Washington's Cuba Policy

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, June 13, 2017

On Friday, June 16, U.S. President Donald Trump is set to announce his administration’s changes to Washington’s Cuba policy during his trip to Miami. The city is home to the largest Cuban-American community in the United States and, with 54 percent of Florida’s Cuban voters casting ballots for Trump in November’s election, the president expects a receptive audience.

Ahead of Donald Trump’s expected announcement on Cuba, here’s how Congress and Americans overall feel about thawing ties with the island.

How Central America Could Win from Trump's "America First" Policies

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:46

How Central America Could Win from Trump's "America First" Policies

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthThursday, June 8, 2017

The United States continues to be frustrated by a lack of progress in Central America even with a growing body of work supporting economic development, crime and insecurity. After years of slow burn, regional realities exploded onto Washington’s political agenda at the end of the Obama administration with the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the Southwest border of the United States.

The White House can best support the Northern Triangle by backing job creation in the formal economy, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth in The National Interest.

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