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Wednesday, May 20, 2015Read More
How is technology transforming Latin America? Join AQ in Mexico City on May 22 for a panel discussion to celebrate the launch of our Spring 2015 issue—"Technology in Latin America: Can You Hear Us Now? A Hemisphere Wired for Change."
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Thursday, May 7, 2015Read More
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Friday, May 1, 2015
By Steven Aitkenhead
On May 1, 2015, the United Nations Office for Partnerships and PVBLIC Foundation hosted the second annual Media for Social Impact Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The summit gathered the media industry’s top leaders as the UN asked for their cooperation to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.
The UN will officially launch new Sustainable Development Goals this September, and needs the private and public sectors—as well as members of the media—to work together to achieve them.
Monday, April 20, 2015
New Americas Quarterly Released: Technology in Latin America
How will technological change affect governance, social inclusion, economic development, and civil society? The Spring 2015 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on May 7, explores how the Internet and other tech innovations have transformed the Americas. Does greater connectivity translate into improved governance, social inclusion, economic development, and democratization? Is the hemisphere keeping up with the cyberworld?
In this issue, James Bosworth explains why politicians and regulators need to start preparing now for the technological shifts coming their way—from driverless cars in our streets to drones in our skies. Facebook's Javier Olivan predicts where social media is going in the region, and Diego Molano Vega describes how Colombia is reducing poverty through information and communications technology. Meanwhile, Ellery Biddle asks whether improved U.S.–Cuba relations will lead to better Internet access for Cuban citizens, Aaron Oliker shares how 3D printing is revolutionizing health care, and Erik Stettler explains how to turn Latin American cities into innovation hubs. Plus, our AQ Charticle looks at the best new apps across the hemisphere.
Also in the issue, Alejandro Tarre reports on the other side of Cuba's overseas medical missions, Robert Maguire takes an in-depth look at Haiti under President Michel Martelly, and Alejandro Werner analyzes the effect of falling commodity prices on the region's growth outlook.
Thursday, April 9, 2015Read More
This week, the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) will celebrate its sixteenth year, featuring over 45 films from across the Americas. From April 9 to 17, venues across New York City will showcase panels, discussions with directors and producers, and films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, the U.S., and Venezuela.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
New Americas Quarterly Released: The Decline of U.S. Power?
Is the era of U.S. hemispheric hegemony over? The Winter 2015 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on February 4, explores how inter-state dynamics have changed in the region, and how this has affected Latin American foreign policy. How are governments and multilateral organizations responding to the real or perceived decline in U.S. influence in the region? Will the greater independence of governments to pursue their own diplomatic paths produce more regional harmony?
In this issue, Daniel W. Drezner asks whether waning U.S. presence will truly benefit the region, while Harold Trinkunas explores Brazil’s rising global ambitions and Rafael Fernández de Castro discusses Mexico’s evolving foreign policy in Central America. Meanwhile, Guy Edwards and Timmons Roberts look at Latin America’s fragmented approach to confronting global climate change, Víctor M. Mijares reviews Venezuela’s post-Chávez foreign policy and the impact of declining oil prices on the country’s economy, and Diana Negroponte examines Russian arms sales in Latin America and provides an overview of the country’s growing role in the region. Plus, our AQ Charticle looks at border conflicts across the hemisphere.
In a special “Ask the Experts” forum, AQ asks regional experts Pia Riggirozzi, Andrew F. Cooper, Rodrigo Páez Montalbán, Jessica Byron, and Oliver Stuenkel to weigh in on the future of the Organization of American States and discuss how it can remain relevant in a changing hemisphere. Also in this issue, journalist Glenn Cheney reports on the life-and-death struggle of Indigenous Tenharim to preserve their land, Antonia Stolper discusses what’s next as Argentina faces off against holdout creditors in U.S. courts, and Jorge Kawas takes an in-depth look at the effectiveness of mano dura policies in Latin America’s penal and judicial systems.
Monday, January 5, 2015Read More
Now that the U.S. has restored diplomatic relations with Cuba and plans to expand travel, financial transactions and commerce on the island, it's up to the Commerce and Treasury departments to determine how to regulate the new changes. Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini explains why the regulations will matter to the U.S. private sector, Cuban entrepreneurs and human rights advocates in his January 2 editorial for the Huffington Post.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
This is change we can believe in. The comprehensive diplomatic and economic reforms announced on Wednesday, December 17, by President Barack Obama will have a greater impact on the Cuban people, and our policy goals in the small island nation, than the policies we've tried over the last five decades, says Americas Quarterly senior editor and AS/COA director of policy Alana Tummino. Read her December 18 editorial for U.S. News & World Report below.
It’s what you don’t expect to wake up to on a mild December morning: Alan Gross has boarded a plane home from Havana, and President Barack Obama is slated to give remarks that would finally restore normalized relations with Cuba.
Change you can believe in? I’ll say amen to that.
The release of Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor (on the first day of Hanukkah, no less), is a long-awaited and welcome return, signaling one of the more important shifts in U.S. and Cuba policy in more than 50 years.
If Obama had only announced the release of Gross, that would have been enough. But he went further.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
If Latin American heads of state want to shame the United States into changing its Cuba policy, then Washington should insist that its allies and the summit’s host, Panama, also invite Cuban dissidents and human rights activists, says Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief and AS/COA Senior Director of Policy Christopher Sabatini. Read his December 16 article in Foreign Policy below.
Four months before the next Summit of the Americas takes place in Panama, talk of who will be invited has already overshadowed the agenda of the biannual event. Part of this is because, quite frankly, the official agenda has never made much news in the summit’s 20-year history. But the current debate over the invite list has served to bring a long-overdue focus on the most controversial country in the region: Cuba.
At the last summit, in 2012 in Cartagena, Colombia, all the Latin American and Caribbean heads of state voted to invite Cuba to the next gathering. The vote, which was opposed by both the United States and Canada, was clearly intended to embarrass Washington and force a change in its 53-year-old failed policy of imposing an economic embargo on Cuba in an effort to improve the human rights situation there.
But far from providing yet another opportunity for the rest of the region to embarrass the gringos, the April summit, where 83-year-old Raúl Castro will join 34 elected heads of state, may finally make the 20-year-old gathering interesting. In fact, it might even make the summit useful. If played correctly, the United States can both leverage this moment for its own legitimate concerns for democracy in Cuba and support its allies in the region.
If Latin American heads of state want to shame the United States into changing its Cuba policy, then Washington should insist that its allies and the summit’s host, Panama, also invite Cuban dissidents and human rights activists.
Monday, December 15, 2014Read More
As global oil prices fall, the Venezuelan government must decide between devaluing the country's currency, cutting costs—including the state’s generous gasoline subsidy, or relying on Chinese support to keep the country's economy afloat, says Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief and AS/COA Senior Director of Policy Christopher Sabatini. Read his December 14 editorial in CNN Money below.