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LatAm in Focus: What to Watch in NAFTA Negotiations

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:39

LatAm in Focus: What to Watch in NAFTA Negotiations

PodcastsCarin ZissisWednesday, August 30, 2017

As Mexico readies to host the next NAFTA round, the Peterson Institute’s Gary Hufbauer covers the big ticket items for talks.

Weekly Chart: Oil and Remittances in Mexico's GDP

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:58

Weekly Chart: Oil and Remittances in Mexico's GDP

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, August 30, 2017

Remittances have been a buoy for the Mexican economy, rising 18 percent over the last five years while oil revenues from both crude and refined products fell by 68 percent in the same period. As of 2017, remittances have not just overtaken oil as a greater share of Mexican GDP, but the gap is only expected to widen in coming years.

The rise in remittances is putting more pesos in Mexicans’ pockets.

Q&A with Eric Farnsworth: What's at Stake in NAFTA Talks?

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:57

Q&A with Eric Farnsworth: What's at Stake in NAFTA Talks?

Exclusive InterviewsMonday, August 28, 2017

Over the last few days Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). His comments come in the midst of the early stages of efforts by Canada, the U.S., and Mexico to discuss ways to improve the agreement.

In an interview with Forbes.com, the COA vice president lays out sticking points for the renegotiation process.

#CouncilARG 2017 resumen: "Argentina - Perspectivas económicas y políticas"

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:52

#CouncilARG 2017 resumen: "Argentina – Perspectivas económicas y políticas"

Program SummariesMagdalena DayThursday, August 24, 2017

La consolidación del cambio en Argentina fue unos de los temas sobresalientes de la conferencia en donde expusieron varios miembros del gabinete de Mauricio Macri.

La consolidación del cambio en Argentina fue unos de los temas sobresalientes de la conferencia en donde expusieron varios miembros del gabinete de Mauricio Macri.

#CouncilARG 2017 Recap: "Argentina - Economic and Political Perspectives"

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 15:37

#CouncilARG 2017 Recap: "Argentina – Economic and Political Perspectives"

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezLuisa LemeHolly K. SonnelandThursday, August 24, 2017

Speakers:

Consolidating change in Argentina was one of the recurring themes of the conference, in which various members of Mauricio Macri's cabinet participated.

Explainer: Chile's Top Election Issues and Candidates

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:02

Explainer: Chile's Top Election Issues and Candidates

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, August 23, 2017

The deadline to register candidates for Chile’s general election officially was August 21, leaving eight contenders running for a first-round presidential vote on November 19. In the race for the top seat, ex-President Sebastián Piñera has a wide lead in the polls, but he’s likely to face one of two former journalists in a December 17 runoff.

Get background on the issues dominating the 2017 campaign trail and the presidential candidates leading the polls.

Update: Brazil's Congress Eyes Reforms ahead of the 2018 Elections

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:54

Update: Brazil's Congress Eyes Reforms ahead of the 2018 Elections

Hemispheric UpdatesMeg HealyLuisa LemeThursday, August 17, 2017

The country's lower house is in a race against time to increase campaign funds and change how legislators get elected.

The country's lower house is in a race against time to increase campaign funds and change how legislators get elected.

Mexico's Energy Reforms: Bearing Fruit At Last

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:54

Mexico's Energy Reforms: Bearing Fruit At Last 

Articles & Op-EdsNaki MendozaWednesday, August 16, 2017

March 18, 1938 lives on in Mexican history as the day that President Lázaro Cárdenas nationalised the assets of foreign oil companies and, in doing so, ushered in a 75-year monopoly on the country’s hydrocarbon riches by state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

July 12, 2017 might well go down as the day that the international oil industry firmly re-entrenched itself in Mexico.

As NAFTA talks get underway, Mexico’s latest big oil finds are a sharp reminder of the benefits of open energy investments, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza in Financial Times' beyondbrics.

Weekly Chart: U.S. Trade with Countries on Mike Pence's Latin America Tour

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:10

Weekly Chart: U.S. Trade with Countries on Mike Pence's Latin America Tour

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, August 16, 2017

U.S. trade volumes with Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Panama are at their lowest levels in six years.

Update: Who's Saying What on Pence's Trip to Latin America

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:04

Update: Who's Saying What on Pence's Trip to Latin America

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, August 15, 2017

In his first trip to Latin America as vice president, Mike Pence visits Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama, in that order.

The U.S. vice president visits Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Panama through August 18. While trade is a major focus, Venezuela keeps coming up.

Weekly Chart: Bridging Latin America's Skills Gap through Education

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:31

Weekly Chart: Bridging Latin America's Skills Gap through Education

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, August 10, 2017

Latin America has one of the biggest skills gaps in the world but, on the flip side, it’s one of the regions where investing in education gets the biggest return on investment. Latin Americans who go to college can expect to more than double their salaries, versus the 55 percent bump a college graduate in an OECD country gets.

At the beginning of the 2000s, only Colombia was spending more than one tenth of one percent of GDP on skills training. A decade later, five other countries in the region have done so. 

LatAm in Focus: Las elecciones legislativas y el escenario político de Argentina

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:10

LatAm in Focus: Las elecciones legislativas y el escenario político de Argentina

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezTuesday, August 8, 2017

Escuche: Con las elecciones primarias el 13 de agosto, el Gobernador de Córdoba Juan Schiaretti comparte su perspectiva sobre el panorama político y el rol internacional de Argentina.

Update: What to Know about Venezuela's Escalating Turmoil

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 15:00

Update: What to Know about Venezuela's Escalating Turmoil

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, August 2, 2017

On the morning of Tuesday, August 1, a rare thing happened: “Venezuelan” trended on Twitter in New York City, with the top tweet being about the midnight arrests of two opposition leaders. That news from Caracas should rise above the din of a tumultuous week in Washington is notable but not surprising as the country slips into political turmoil, with the very real possibility of dueling state apparatuses in coming weeks.

All eyes are on August 3, when the newly elected Constituent Assembly moves into the opposition-held National Assembly’s headquarters.

Weekly Chart: Human Trafficking in the Americas

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 13:33

Weekly Chart: Human Trafficking in the Americas

InfographicsMeg HealyWednesday, August 2, 2017

In late July—a few days before the World Day against Trafficking in Persons international observance day—ten immigrants died in an unventilated trailer in San Antonio, Texas. That tragedy renewed a conversation on human smuggling networks and the inherent risks faced by the immigrants they exploit.

The majority of persons trafficked in Central America are underage girls.

El peligro de defraudar a los jóvenes

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:34

El peligro de defraudar a los jóvenes

Articles & Op-EdsJuliana BarbassaTuesday, August 1, 2017

Lo que Maynor realmente quiere es ser una estrella del fútbol. Si no puede conseguirlo, entonces le gustaría ser un diseñador gráfico. O un mecánico de automóviles –dice- consciente de su realidad de estudiante de secundaria de 19 años en las afueras de San Salvador, al que todavía le faltan tres años para graduarse.

Frustrar las expectativas de los jóvenes en Latinoamérica puede salir más caro que invertir en cumplirlas, escribe la editora gerente de Americas Quarterly Juliana Barbassa para El Comercio.

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