WikiLeaks—the online organization responsible for the release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010—published a secret 95-page draft chapter on intellectual property rights from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on Wednesday. TPP negotiations have included representatives from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, and Brunei, but have been closed to the public.
As Chileans head to the polls on November 17, former President Michelle Bachelet's eventual victory seems assured, although this will be Chile's first presidential election in which voting is not mandatory. In an article for World Politics Review, Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini examines what may lay ahead for the former president if she returns to La Moneda, and challenges the notion that a Bachelet victory—and possible electoral, political and constitutional reforms—will bring turmoil to Chile.
Media in the Americas: Threats to Free Speech
How can we preserve freedom of expression in the Americas, and what are the hemisphere’s greatest threats to a free and independent press? The Fall 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on October 23, explores violence against journalists, media concentration, the challenges posed by new media legislation, and government suppression of critics and whistleblowers. With articles by award-winning journalists and freedom of expression advocates across the hemisphere, the new AQ takes a close look at the biggest obstacles facing those who risk their lives to keep the public informed.
In the issue, Santiago Canton—the first OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and current director of RFK Partners for Human Rights—describes how the office continues its 15-year effort to protect journalists, human rights and democracy. Brazilian journalist Mauri König details the surge of violence against journalists in Brazil. Plus, journalists Alfredo Corchado, Carlos Dada, Michèle Montas-Dominique, Tim Padgett, Ricardo Uceda and Jorge Ramos—all winners of Maria Moors Cabot gold medal prizes for journalism—offer their insights about the future of journalism in the Americas.
Finally, read in-depth articles on sustainable energy access for the poor, Brazil’s new brand of democracy promotion in the hemisphere, Venezuela’s electricity deficit, and the chances that negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC will bring peace.
Following the Brazilian government's decision to postpone a state visit to the White House on October 23, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini argues in an editorial for Foreign Policy that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's decision might play well at home, but it represents a missed opportunity for Brazil to boost economic cooperation with the U.S. and expand its role in multilateral organizations.
By: Christopher Sabatini
By Adam Frankel
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff formally announced her decision today to postpone a state visit to Washington that was scheduled for October 23, citing allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the Brazilian government and the Brazilian national oil company, Petrobrás.
Jason Marczak, Senior Editor of Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas—together with John Feinblatt, the chief policy advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—explains why immigrants are critical to the manufacturing sector and argues that passing immigration reform should be a top priority for Congress this fall.
By John Feinblatt and Jason Marczak
As Congress resumes its work this month, there are many uncertainties, not least of which is the economy. Our country is still in post-recession recovery mode and some economists project another rough patch this fall that may only be exacerbated by the looming budget crisis and the accompanying debt ceiling fight. Amid these upcoming debates in Congress, it is critical to remain focused on ways to preserve and create more American jobs.
Here, one industry in particular stands out: manufacturing. It is a segment of the economy on which millions of American middle-class jobs depend. But it is also an industry that has undergone dramatic changes over the last half century, with the rise of both global manufacturing operations and the increasing prominence of high-skilled manufacturing. Our economy needs a strong manufacturing industry and our workers need the strong middle-class jobs the manufacturing industry provides.
New research points to an oft-overlooked way to promote manufacturing jobs: enact immigration reform. A new report from Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) shows how immigrants are playing a critical role in driving the U.S. manufacturing industry to create more jobs and to keep existing ones here in America. The research shows that 46 U.S. manufacturing jobs are created or preserved for every 1,000 immigrants who live in a county. In manufacturing hubs across the country, immigrants are adding new skills to allow manufacturing to grow and remain here in America.
Together, the more than 40 million immigrants in America have created or preserved 1.8 million manufacturing jobs nationally. To put that in context, that means immigrants are responsible for more than one in seven manufacturing jobs that remain in America today. In Los Angeles County, 40 percent of manufacturing jobs would vanish without immigrants.
In fact, in four of the five U.S. counties that have experienced the greatest growth in manufacturing jobs since 1970, immigration has accounted for a commanding majority of job growth. One of these areas is Harris County, Texas—home to Houston—which has seen an increase of 43,299 manufacturing jobs over the last 40 years. Immigration has been so integral to economic growth there that without it Harris would have actually lost manufacturing jobs during this period.
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In two articles published in World Politics Review, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini and Editorial Associate Wilda Escarfuller look at the evolution of Peruvian politics since the Fujimori era and the challenging conditions for governance. Part I examines the evolution of Peruvian politics since the Fujimori era and the challenging conditions for governance. Part II examines President Ollanta Humala’s government policy and solutions to address Peru’s political volatility and social upheaval.
On September 26 and 27, Latin American political, business and social leaders will gather in the city of León, Mexico to celebrate the 2013 AILA World Business Forum.
Energy: A New Era in the Americas
What is the hemisphere’s energy future? The Summer 2013 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on July 31, explores energy security, energy production and consumption, and how new technologies and petroleum discoveries in the Americas could affect global and regional geopolitics. The new AQ looks at the United States’ chances of achieving energy independence, the obstacles Brazil must overcome to become a green energy powerhouse, Central America’s inefficient, decentralized energy grid, and the disconnect between global energy demand and the production of renewable energy.