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Viewpoint: The Risks of Ending NAFTA

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:07

Viewpoint: The Risks of Ending NAFTA

Viewpoints AmericasMonday, October 16, 2017

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NAFTA constitutes an anchor of stability, which is key both for internal confidence and attracting foreign investment, writes COMEXI's Luis Rubio.

Punto de vista: Los riesgos de acabar con el TLCAN

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:51

Punto de vista: Los riesgos de acabar con el TLCAN

Viewpoints AmericasMonday, October 16, 2017

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El TLCAN constituye un ancla de estabilidad que es clave tanto para la confianza interna como para atraer la inversión del exterior, escribe Luis Rubio de COMEXI.

Update: 3 Ways Venezuela Is Tampering with Sunday's Regional Elections

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:25

Update: 3 Ways Venezuela Is Tampering with Sunday's Regional Elections

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandFriday, October 13, 2017

Venezuela is holding long-delayed gubernatorial elections at last on October 15, albeit warily. Projections show that the opposition is poised to win a landslide of the governorships, but the playing field has been considerably—and deliberately—distorted and few trust the government to handle the vote honestly, especially after its last vote in July was widely labeled fraudulent.

The Maduro administration is working hard to suppress opposition turnout in gubernatorial races on October 15.

LatAm in Focus: Mexico's Big Year Ahead

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:47

LatAm in Focus: Mexico's Big Year Ahead

PodcastsCarin ZissisThursday, October 12, 2017

Victor Herrara, former Mexico City office head for S&P’s Global Ratings, spells out what’s in store for Mexico—from elections to NAFTA talks.

Weekly Chart: How Latin Americans Perceive Corruption

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:55

Weekly Chart: How Latin Americans Perceive Corruption

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, October 11, 2017

Despite some public efforts to root out corruption in several countries, most Latin Americans feel corruption is in fact getting worse. Guatemalans impeached their president in 2015 for being involved in a bribery scheme just to find themselves with their current president, Jimmy Morales, mired in corruption scandals, too.

Two-thirds of Latin Americans think corruption is up, and a third pay bribes themselves.

Explainer: Brazil's Political Parties to Watch in 2018

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:39

Explainer: Brazil's Political Parties to Watch in 2018

ExplainersLuisa LemeMeg HealyFriday, October 6, 2017

As Brazil hits the one-year mark before the 2018 general elections, the country’s political parties face a task that could prove more difficult than winning votes: persuading Brazilians to trust the system. An Ipsos study from July showed that only 6 percent of Brazilian voters feel represented by their elected officials.

Given voter disillusionment with traditional politics, the country’s parties are rebranding to rebuild their influence. A year before general elections, we profile the parties. 

Explainer: Colombia's Peace Process with the ELN

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:05

Explainer: Colombia's Peace Process with the ELN

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandThursday, October 5, 2017

With one peace agreement being hesitantly implemented, President Juan Manuel Santos is working to get a second one under his belt before his term ends in mid-2018.

The October 1 bilateral ceasefire with the National Liberation Army, now the country’s largest guerrilla group, is a milestone.

Weekly Chart: Cuba's Tourism Breaks Records

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:58

Weekly Chart: Cuba's Tourism Breaks Records

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, October 4, 2017

Hurricane Irma might have inundated Havana, but Cuba has already beat several records in 2017 when it comes to tourism. For one, the 286,000 U.S. visitors the island received in the first five months of 2017 is already more than the total (282,000) for all of 2016. But both U.S.

Despite Hurricane Irma and renewed U.S. tensions, Cuba’s tourism sector is still on track to receive 4.7 million visitors in 2017.

Update: Brazil's Oil and Gas Auction Breaks Records

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 17:32

Update: Brazil's Oil and Gas Auction Breaks Records

Hemispheric UpdatesNaki MendozaThursday, September 28, 2017

International investors busted out their checkbooks on September 27 and pledged record amounts for the rights to develop Brazil’s oil and gas riches. The country’s fourteenth bid round for oil and gas exploration and production blocks drew more than $1.2 billion in signing bonuses from energy companies.

All told, the signing bonuses pledged on September 27 were more than double the amount anticipated.

Weekly Chart: Argentina's Legislative Elections by the Numbers

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 14:18

Weekly Chart: Argentina's Legislative Elections by the Numbers

InfographicsJulia d'AmoursElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 28, 2017

On October 22, Argentines will vote for a third of the seats in the Senate (24 out of 72) and half of those in the Chamber of Deputies (127 out of 257). The vote will determine how much sway President Maurico Macri’s reformist Let’s Change coalition will have in Congress.

The October 22 vote will determine how much sway President Maurico Macri’s coalition will have in Congress, as well as Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s return to politics.

LatAm in Focus: Economic Realities Facing Chile's Next President

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:44

LatAm in Focus: Economic Realities Facing Chile's Next President

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, September 27, 2017

Listen: Now heading candidate Sebastián Piñera’s economic platform, former Finance Minister Felipe Larraín talks tax reform, copper, and more.

Weekly Chart: Mapping Disasters and Displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:26

Weekly Chart: Mapping Disasters and Displacements in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 21, 2017

It’s been a devastating September for Latin America, particularly for Mexico, shaken by two earthquakes, and the Caribbean, struck by one Category 5 hurricane after another. Every year, natural disasters like these displace an average 25 million people globally, and the risk of destruction grows as stronger storms converge with rapid, poorly planned urbanization.

As Mexico and the Caribbean assess the damage from earthquakes and hurricanes, we look at where the region stands on disaster-related internal displacements.

Update: Top Latin America Issues to Watch at UNGA

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:34

Update: Top Latin America Issues to Watch at UNGA

Hemispheric UpdatesCarin ZissisHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, September 19, 2017

There’s no doubt that U.S. President Donald Trump’s first appearance at the UN General Assembly is dominating headlines as world leaders land in New York this week. As UNGA opens for the seventy-second time, what are some of the major issues for the Americas in the Trump era?

Trade

As UNGA opens debate for the first time in the Trump era, these are some of the main topics facing the Americas.

When Are Leaders from the Americas Speaking at the 72nd UN General Assembly?

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:42

When Are Leaders from the Americas Speaking at the 72nd UN General Assembly?

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, September 18, 2017

Fall in New York kicks off with the opening debate of the UN General Assembly. Per tradition, Brazil will kick off the General Debate of the 72nd session with remarks by President Michel Temer. U.S. President Donald Trump is set to follow directly after in his first address to the body. The theme of this year’s debate is “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first address to the international body on Tuesday morning.

Weekly Chart: The Numbers on Pacific Alliance Trade

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:41

Weekly Chart: The Numbers on Pacific Alliance Trade

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 14, 2017

Webcast, Sept. 20: A Talk with Pacific Alliance Presidents

Member countries Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru account for 39 percent of Latin America’s GDP and 54 percent of the region’s global trade.

Update: How Is the International Community Responding to Venezuela?

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 14:21

Update: How Is the International Community Responding to Venezuela?

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, September 13, 2017

When it comes to the EU, OAS, and UN, responses to Venezuela’s crisis are mixed.

When it comes to the EU, OAS, and UN, responses to Venezuela’s crisis are mixed.

Is Mexico Turning to China in Lieu of the United States?

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:50

Is Mexico Turning to China in Lieu of the United States?

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, September 11, 2017

Are China and Mexico getting closer together? It sure looks that way. And why not? With U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), build a wall on the southern border, and deport thousands of migrants who came as children from Mexico to the United States, the reliability of the United States as a long-term partner is being openly debated in Mexico. 

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to China shows Mexico can diversify its economic relations beyond the United States, writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth for China-US Focus.

Actualización de Ecuador: Los primeros 100 días de Lenín Moreno como presidente

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:55

Actualización de Ecuador: Los primeros 100 días de Lenín Moreno como presidente

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandMonday, September 11, 2017

Olvídense de la luna de miel. Se acabó la cordialidad entre Lenín Moreno, el nuevo presidente de Ecuador, y su predecesor y antiguo mentor Rafael Correa. En los primeros 100 días del nuevo gobierno, ambos se divorciaron agria y públicamente.

Se acabó la cordialidad entre el presidente y su predecesor y antiguo mentor Rafael Correa.

Weekly Chart: Access to Drinking Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:26

Weekly Chart: Access to Drinking Water in Latin America and the Caribbean

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, September 7, 2017

With Hurricane Irma ravaging the Caribbean and two more storms brewing across the Atlantic, people are rushing to stock up on water.

As Hurricane Irma leaves 56,000 Puerto Ricans without water, we look at where the region stands on providing universal access to safe drinking water.

Ecuador Update: Lenin Moreno's First 100 Days as President

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 16:47

Ecuador Update: Lenín Moreno's First 100 Days as President

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, September 7, 2017

Forget a honeymoon period. The gloves are off between Ecuador’s new president, Lenín Moreno, and his predecessor and former mentor, Rafael Correa, as the two wage an acrimonious and public divorce in the first 100 days of the new administration.

The gloves are off between the president and his predecessor and former mentor, Rafael Correa.

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