Americas Quarterly: The New Brazil and the Changing Hemisphere
It’s time to rethink how both obvious and subtle changes are making the region more diverse, its future more unpredictable, and policy challenges more complex. This was shown by President Obama’s trip to three Latin American countries in March, and it comes at a time when trends such as migration, the declining influence of the United States and in the majority of countries a convergence toward more market-oriented economic models are promoting demographic and economic integration.
The Spring issue of Americas Quarterly—released on May 2, 2011— explores the political, economic and demographic forces that are changing the Americas.
Current and former government officials, scholars, and activists look at what national and international shifts over the past few decades, including the rise of Brazil, will mean for the hemisphere’s future. In his first article since leaving office, former Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim candidly shares his views on Brazil’s place in the world and his efforts to assert its diplomatic agenda, while Matías Spektor of Fundação Getulio Vargas analyzes prospects for greater U.S.-Brazilian collaboration. Beyond Brazil, Jorge Heine of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Indian Ambassador R. Viswanathan discuss India’s growing interests in an evolving region, while this issue’s charticle looks at the mission and operation of President Chávez’ ALBA coalition. In the U.S., Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis points out how immigrants are the key to future economic growth.
Also, AQ interviews Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Jinzhang on his country’s plans as it increases economic and political ties with the region, Omar Everleny Pérez and José Antonio Ocampo debate whether Cuba’s economic reforms will succeed, Alejandro Grisanti of Barclays Capital Inc. analyzes Venezuela’s oil policies, and Robert Maguire of Trinity Washington University looks at the challenges ahead for Haitian President-elect Michel Martelly.
In This Issue:
Reflections on Brazil’s Global Rise
The man who led Brazil into its new global era discusses his diplomatic vision and Brazil-U.S. relations.
One Foot in the Region, Eyes on the Global Prize
In an era of new global threats, Brazil and the U.S. need to collaborate.
The Opportunities and Challenges for President Dilma Rousseff
Political will is necessary to face a new generation of policy issues.
The Other BRIC
JORGE HEINE AND R. VISWANATHAN
India emerges as a major new partner for Latin America.
Puncturing the 4 Myths about Latin America
Why everything we believed about Latin America before is wrong.
What Happened to the North American Idea?
ROBERT A. PASTOR
Not much has changed since NAFTA launched in 1994.
CHARTICLE: The Bolivarian Alternative
What does ALBA actually do? A guide to President Chávez and Fidel Castro's regional project.
The Americas Go Glocal
Networked cities and citizens transcend national borders.
Immigrants and America’s Future
HILDA L. SOLIS
The U.S. labor secretary offers a blueprint for immigration reform.
Argentina’s Migration Solution
GASTÓN CHILLIER AND ERNESTO SEMÁN
How Argentina developed the region's most progressive immigration law.
The Toughest Job in the Americas
Haiti’s next president must put the country on a path to real development.
Venezuela’s Oil Tale
President Chávez’ oil policies will bring few long-term benefits to Venezuelans.
The Paradoxes of Indigenous Politics
JOSÉ ANTONIO LUCERO
Has the increased political involvement of Indigenous peoples improved their situation?
ASK THE EXPERTS
Do traditional theories of international relations apply in Latin America? Arturo Sarukhan, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Kurt G. Weyland, and Kevin P. Gallagher respond.
LATIN AMERICA THEN & NOW
Reflections on a changing hemisphere from Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Carlos Chamorro, Alma Guillermoprieto, Dolores Huerta, Enrique Krauze, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and Susan Segal.
Panorama: Colombia Moda, Jungle Surfing, Ten Things to Do in Cartagena, and more.
Innovators/Innovations: Liliana Rojero rallies Mexican voters. Glasswing International builds community engagement in El Salvador. Gabriel Ahumada transforms Colombian classical music. Andrés Moreno applies new technology to teaching English.
Dispatches from the Field: San Juan Matthew Sundquist on the deterioration of Argentina’s system of higher education.
Policy Updates: Liliana Rivera and Yossi Sheffi on the Panama Canal. Alexandra Délano and Jason Marczak on immigration. Norm O’Reilly on Canadian hockey.
Fresh Look Reviews: Eduardo Silva reviews a collection of essays on the Left. Rafael Rojas on Cuba’s sugar king. Howard LaFranchi on Carlos Andrés Pérez’ downfall.
Just the Numbers: Changing perceptions of crime.