In an article published on July 30, The Christian Science Monitor provides a broad overview of Americas Quarterly's 2013 Social Inclusion Index, which will be released on July 31 with the launch of the Summer 2013 issue of AQ.
Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini appeared on VOA's Foro Interamericana (Interamerican Forum) on Friday to discuss AQ's new Social Inclusion Index.
Sabatini participated in a discussion with Dr. Mariana Anselme-López, chief of education programs at the Refugee Education Trust, and Judith Morrison, a senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The discussion, moderated by VOA's Patricia Dalmasy, marked the launch of Americas Quarterly’s 2013 Social Inclusion Index and focused on the overall Index findings as well as how to measure social inclusion, the correlation between certain variables and the importance of understanding social inclusion for comprehensive policy making.
In an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations, AS/COA Senior Director of Policy and AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini analyzes Latin American governments' varied reactions to revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency conducted large-scale spying programs in Central and South America. Sabatini predicts that the consequences for U.S.-Latin American relations should be minimal because the U.S. has a multifaceted relationship with Latin American countries. However, he cautions that the news could lead to extra scrutiny of telecommunications agreements in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and adds that it will have a negative impact on the U.S.' moral standing in the region.
Because of the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America—and the outspoken anti-Americanism of some of its most visible leaders—many people assume that Latin Americans harbor strong anti-U.S. sentiments.
Yet surprisingly, survey data reveals the exact opposite—Latin America is the most pro-American region in the world, including in countries where leaders frequently rail against U.S. imperialism.
What is social inclusion? How do countries stack up in the region? On July 24, Americas Quarterly and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas hosted a pre-publication briefing of AQ's second annual Social Inclusion Index in Washington DC.
In an article for Fox News Latino, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini argues that Ecuador is no haven for freedom of expression, even as the former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden seeks asylum in the South American country after leaking details about the United States' National Security Agency surveillance program.
With support from the Ford Foundation, Americas Quarterly partnered with local researchers in Chile, Colombia, and Peru in 2012 to conduct a study of four natural resource extraction investments in each country. All but two of the 12 case studies—a timber investment in Chile and a natural gas project in Peru—were mining projects. The goal was to understand under what conditions investment in natural resource extraction contributed to broader community and national development.
Americans have long seen the effectiveness of the National Rifle Association in blocking gun control legislation in the United States. But fewer know about their surprising efforts outside of the United States, from Brazil to Canada, and even in the United Nations.
The ninth joint report by Americas Quarterly and Efecto Naím, which aired on Sunday, June 2, looks at why the U.S.-based gun lobby is fighting gun control throughout the Americas, and what it could mean for the fight to reduce gun violence.
In an op-ed for World Politics Review, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini argues that Bolivian President Evo Morales' economic pragmatism sets him apart from other populist Latin American leaders, even though his recent bid for a third term in office and the ejection of USAID from Bolivia may invite comparisons to other ALBA leaders like Rafael Correa and the late Hugo Chávez.
by: Christopher Sabatini
On Tuesday, May 28, Americas Quarterly launched its Spring 2013 issue, "Latin America Goes Global," at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The new AQ focuses on Latin America’s increasing global role and the ways that countries in the hemisphere are asserting their new economic and diplomatic influence in the world.
During a half-day symposium, policymakers and experts explored these ideas and other key topics examined in the new AQ, including the future of U.S. power in the hemisphere, the role of emerging blocs like UNASUR, IBSA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the region, the impact of new trade and investment on diplomacy, and how the U.S. should respond to changing hemispheric dynamics. The new issue also looks at the stagnation in U.S. scholarship on Latin America, and one of the enduring myths about Latin America's relationship with the United States—the region's supposed anti-Americanism.
Former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo presented a luncheon keynote address. Other panelists included authors from the recent AQ, including Andy Baker (Gringo Stay Here!), Mariano Bertucci (Latin America Has Moved On: U.S. Scholarship Hasn't, Daniel Kurtz-Phelan (What is IBSA Anyway?) and Jeffrey Schott (The Next Big Thing? The Trans-Pacific Partnership & Latin America).
Watch a video of the second panel below.