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As Indonesia takes the helm for APEC 2013, the Asia-Pacific continues to emerge as the potential trendsetter for future models of sustainable growth, trade and investment liberalization, and fostering innovation to address economic and demographic challenges. Two distinct visions for multilateral trading relationships the Asia Society will join the U.S. National Center for APEC and the U.S. APEC Business Coalition in hosting an APEC briefing—the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership—continue to coalesce in the region.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini spoke to Voz de América (VOA) reporter Celia Mendoza in a report that aired Wednesday about Venezuela’s uncertain future as the ailing President Hugo Chávez’ ability to govern the country remains in doubt.
Chávez remains in Cuba, recuperating from his fourth cancer-related surgery since 2011, and has not been seen in public since early December. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan National Assembly and Supreme Court have announced that the president’s inauguration, scheduled for Thursday, January 10, can be legally postponed until Chávez is well enough to resume governing—though the political opposition claims that doing so is unconstitutional.
Sabatini criticized the Venezuelan government for its failure to provide meaningful details about the current state of Chávez’ health. “President Chávez is not being open and transparent about his treatment, and that is a good symbol of the confusion that exists in Venezuela, as well as the lack of transparency and honesty of the government toward Venezuelan citizens,” Sabatini said. “That generates a lot of uncertainty and questions throughout the region.”
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
In an article for World Politics Review, Christopher Sabatini, Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, proposes four ways that the Obama administration can deepen its ties with Latin America: pursuing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, strengthening NAFTA, improving relations with Cuba and building a strategic partnership with Brazil over the next four years.
By Christopher Sabatini
For decades, Latin America policy specialists have lamented how the Western Hemisphere is never a priority for U.S. presidents. For all the United States’ economic and cultural ties with the region, however, America’s neighbors to the south do not face the kinds of imminent threats that tend to get a president’s undivided attention -- and fortunately so.
But while Latin America may never, and arguably should never, figure on the list of the U.S. executive’s top concerns, several innovative pushes across the U.S. foreign policy apparatus would not only dramatically help advance U.S. relations and leadership in the region, they would also set the tone for relations for decades to come, while making sure the region never gets what many have wrongly longed for: the president’s urgent attention.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Christopher Sabatini, Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, discusses how Latin America’s vulnerable middle classes can better achieve social and economic stability in a special article for CNN World-GPS.
By Christopher Sabatini
Whether its growth is being hailed as a major advance for Latin America or its alleged decline in the developed world is taken as a sign of the global North’s impending fall, the middle class has assumed almost totemic status in popular discussions. The reality, though, is more complex.
The confusion stems in large part from how we define the middle class.
In the seemingly interminable 2012 U.S. presidential election campaign, the U.S middle class loomed like an endangered species, so much time was spent by the candidates positioning themselves as the savior of the supposedly beleaguered middle class. Lost within the debate was the matter of whether the U.S. middle class was actually shrinking and why – or why not.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini spoke to Laura Ingle on Fox News’ “On the Hunt” on Thursday to analyze whether reforms to Cuba’s migration policy will bring real change to ordinary Cubans, and how the U.S. should respond.
During the interview, Sabatini discussed the Cuban government’s new laws and regulations governing travel and emigration, promulgated in October 2012 and set to go into effect on January 14. The reforms have liberalized the Cuba’s travel and emigration policies by removing a 50-year-old requirement that Cubans secure an exit visa before leaving the country, and by extending the amount of time they can live overseas, among other changes.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Jason Marczak, Senior Editor of Americas Quarterly and Director of Policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, discusses in an article for the Miami Herald the innovative efforts by El Salvador's private-sector to reduce violence and re-insert former gang members into society.
By Jason Marczak
Nine months after a gang truce more than halved the daily homicide rate in El Salvador, a new agreement between the maras and the facilitators of the peace process promises to pave the way for a long-term solution to the criminal violence that has gripped the country since the end of the civil war. The Dec. 4 pact will create 10 nationwide peace zones in which gangs will commit to end all homicides, extortions, thefts, and kidnapping.
The plan is intended to provide a first step in which gang members (mareros) will begin to reinsert themselves into society.
But where do they go? Former gang members — often tattooed and with little or no formal education or work experience — are at an inherent disadvantage in competing for jobs. In a country with high youth unemployment and underemployment, businesses are understandably either reluctant to take their chances in hiring former gang members or do not have the right employment opportunities.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Agentes de Cambio (Agents of Change), a free month-long arts and music celebration in Bogotá, kicked off on December 1 in Bogotá’s Parque 93 as part of a campaign to fight racism and discrimination around the world. Agentes de Cambio is sponsored by the Ford Foundation in celebration of its 50 years of work supporting leaders of social and political change in Latin America.
The concert series will be held throughout the month of December and will feature artists like Susana Baca, the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and Totó La Momposina. This Tuesday, the Afro-Colombian hip-hop group ChocQuibTown, which was featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Americas Quarterly, performed in the park as a surprise guest.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini and World Bank Senior Economist Jamele Rigolini spoke to The Takeaway's John Hockenberry to discuss the definition and growth of Latin America’s middle class.
During the interview on Monday, Sabatini and Rigolini discussed the recently-released issue of the Fall 2012 issue of Americas Quarterly, “Latin America’s Real Middle Class,” and the World Bank report on the Latin American middle class that was published in early November. Rigolini also contributed an article to the latest AQ, entitled “Latin America’s Middle Class in Global Perspective.”
Both Sabatini and Rigolini agreed that economic growth was a fundamental driver of Latin America’s middle-class expansion, which has swelled by 50 million people in the last 10 years to include roughly one-third of all people living in the Western Hemisphere. Improvements in social policy, including universal health care, insurance, and pension plans, have also been important drivers of middle-class growth.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This Monday, AQ Editor-in-Chief and AS/COA Senior Director of Policy Christopher Sabatini appeared as a guest on Pura Política, a weekly political talk show on NY1 Noticias hosted by Juan Manuel Benítez.
During the interview, Sabatini announces the launch of the Fall 2012 issue of Americas Quarterly, entitled “Latin America’s Real Middle Class.” While he acknowledges the progress that Latin America has made over the last 20 years in overcoming poverty and inequality, Sabatini highlights the fact that Latin America’s middle class remains economically vulnerable. “We have to be very clear,” Sabatini says. “This is not the middle class of the developed world. Nonetheless, it is very important in that it’s consuming more, it represents a new market for investment, and it represents a new frontier for business.”
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Americas Quarterly is pleased to announce the launch of its new software application, the AQ app, for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, and Android. The AQ app offers all the features of the full print edition of Americas Quarterly to our readers with mobile devices, starting with the new Fall 2012 Issue, Latin America’s Real Middle Class.
The new app contains AQ text-formatted articles that can be downloaded, bookmarked and read offline in a digital version of the print edition. Stay tuned for new features for the AQ app, available in the coming months, which will include special access to video, slideshows, and interactive features from the print edition.
Starting now, the app can be downloaded for free, directly from iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play onto your mobile device. The free app download includes a complimentary RSS feed of all new AQ Online content.