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#PeruCOA Resumen: Rol del sector privado en la lucha por la transparencia

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 14:03

#PeruCOA Resumen: Rol del sector privado en la lucha por la transparencia

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezLuisa LemeHolly K. SonnelandCarin ZissisFriday, December 7, 2018

 

Read an English version of the summary.

El Presidente Martín Vizcarra se unió a otros líderes del sector público y el privado en esta conferencia discutiendo estrategias efectivas para combatir la corrupción en el país y a lo largo de la región. 

#PeruCOA Recap: The Role of the Private Sector in the Quest for Transparency

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:58

#PeruCOA Recap: The Role of the Private Sector in the Quest for Transparency

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezLuisa LemeHolly K. SonnelandThursday, December 6, 2018

Three days before Peru held an anti-corruption vote, Council of Americas convened government officials and business executives in Lima to discuss “The Role of the Private Sector in the Quest for Transparency.” AS/COA Vice President Ragnhild Melzi opened the annual AS/COA conference by explaining how Peru can become model in the fight against corruption across Latin America.

Peru’s president joined public- and private- sector leaders in this conference discussing effective strategies for fighting corruption in the country and across the region

Explainer: What Is Colombia's Orange Economy?

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:02

Explainer: What Is Colombia's Orange Economy?

ExplainersHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, December 4, 2018

On November 29, a novel bond auction took place in Colombia, one of the first of its type in the world. But investors weren’t bidding on traditional projects like highways or ports—they were bidding on bonds to build cultural infrastructure, which could include everything from loans to jewelry makers and software developers to fiber-optic networks.

Whereas commodities can be uncomfortably volatile, President Iván Duque is banking on the creative industries to undergird economic growth.

Counting Down the First 100 Days of AMLO's Presidency

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 00:45

Counting Down the First 100 Days of AMLO's Presidency

Articles & Op-EdsCarin ZissisSaturday, December 1, 2018

In Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office December 1. Through regular updates, AS/COA covers the start of what the new leader calls the Fourth Transformation. 

At the G20, Trump Should Work with China and Russia on the Crisis in Venezuela

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:51

At the G20, Trump Should Work with China and Russia on the Crisis in Venezuela

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthThursday, November 29, 2018

President Trump’s first trip to Latin America as president could be among the most consequential of any previous U.S. leader to the region. The key will be whether he engages China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin not just on bilateral issues but on regional priorities, as well.

President Donald Trump’s trip to Argentina could be among the most consequential of any U.S. leader's to Latin America, writes AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in The Washington Post.

Explainer: Latin American Countries' Rising Trade with China

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:54

Explainer: Latin American Countries' Rising Trade with China

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezThursday, November 29, 2018

The United States keeps losing ground to China in Latin America—and quickly at that. This year alone, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, and Venezuela all joined China’s $1 trillion investment initiative known as Belt and Road.

China is the top commercial partner for Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, and the U.S. trade dispute is further binding those ties.

LatAm in Focus: What to Expect from an AMLO Presidency

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 18:07

LatAm in Focus: What to Expect from an AMLO Presidency

PodcastsCarin ZissisThursday, November 29, 2018

Listen: Former Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan says migration tensions will be an early test for Mexico’s incoming president. Plus, Speyside Mexico’s Amy Glover on the chances for positive change.

Chart: U.S. Presidents' Travels in the Americas

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:40

Chart: U.S. Presidents' Travels in the Americas

InfographicsBrian HarperMonday, November 26, 2018

Donald Trump is preparing for his first trip to Latin America since taking office. He follows a long history of presidential travels around the Western Hemisphere.

Donald Trump is preparing for his first trip to Latin America since taking office. He follows a long history of presidential travels around the Western Hemisphere.

Explainer: Bolsonaro, Brazil, and the Environment

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:11

Explainer: Bolsonaro, Brazil, and the Environment

ExplainersBrian HarperMonday, November 19, 2018

Is Brazil’s environment in danger under Jair Bolsonaro?

Is Brazil’s environment in danger under Jair Bolsonaro?

What to Expect from Argentina's G20

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:51

What to Expect from Argentina’s G20

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezThursday, November 15, 2018

On November 30, Argentina will become the first South American country to host the G20 Leaders’ Summit. President Mauricio Macri has the opportunity to bring a Southern Cone perspective to the global forum this year, although he won’t be getting all the limelight. Argentina will be the site to other important meetings taking place at the November 30–December 1 Summit, as well as be the first Latin American country to receive U.S. President Donald Trump.

Argentina will be the first South American country to host the Leaders’ Summit, as well as the first Latin American one to host U.S. President Donald Trump.

Update: Peru Prepares to Vote on Anti-corruption Reform

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 17:12

Update: Peru Prepares to Vote on Anti-corruption Reform

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, November 14, 2018

It’s been quite a year in Peru. In just the last 12 months, one ex-president, Alberto Fujimori, was pardoned for his crimes against humanity, and then put back in prison. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the president who gave him that pardon, was forced to resign three months later. Then Fujimori’s daughter, Keiko, was herself jailed for, among other things, running a criminal organization within her party, which controls the legislature.

While Peru is on track to implement campaign finance reform, congressional meddling has likely killed a measure that would have brought back the Senate.

Interview: Marriott International's Federico Greppi on the Difference between Trendlines and Headlines

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:39

Interview: Marriott International’s Federico Greppi on the Difference between Trendlines and Headlines

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, November 13, 2018

Political risk has increased in Latin America, marked by an antiestablishment change in the region and in the world. It is a tangible risk because it leaves investments on hold during electoral contests.

In this interview, Federico Greppi, Marriott International’s CFO for Latin America and the Caribbean, talks about those political shifts and their effects, as well as a financial executive’s work to counter the risk of cyber-attacks and culturally accepted practices that are not always beneficial.

When analyzing political risk, train your eyes below the headlines, says the hotel chain’s CFO for Latin America and the Caribbean.

A imprensa estrangeira e Bolsonaro

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:51

A imprensa estrangeira e Bolsonaro

Articles & Op-EdsBrian WinterMonday, November 12, 2018

Un amigo me ligou esta semana com uma queixa: "Por que a imprensa estrangeira está sendo tão duro com Bolsonaro?" 

É uma pergunta justa, e que tenho ouvido muitas vezes recentemente. E as repostas são complexas - o que pode nos dizer muito sobre o clima dos próximos quatro anos. 

"Talvez tenhamos mais liberdade do que alguns de nossos colegas locais," analisa Brian Winter, da AS/COA, na Folha de S. Paulo, sobre a cobertura de Jair Bolsonaro na imprensa estrangeira.

How Change Is Challenging the Brazilian Energy Sector

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:25

How Change Is Challenging the Brazilian Energy Sector

Articles & Op-EdsNaki MendozaTuesday, November 6, 2018

After years of crisis, the Oil & Gas sector appears to be the driving force behind Brazil's economy in the aftermath of the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President. In an election that has seen a categorical rejection of the Establishment, the energy industry very much wishes to maintain its status quo.

“An exception should be made for energy policies to allow the sector to continue its recent gains,” writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza for About Energy. 

Chart: The Changing Latino Vote

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 17:15

Chart: The Changing Latino Vote

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, November 8, 2018

Democrats’ gains among Latino voters from 2016 to 2018 were modest, and in some cases, there were losses.

LatAm in Focus: Fact-Checking Brazil's Misinformation Crisis

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:38

LatAm in Focus: Fact-Checking Brazil’s Misinformation Crisis

PodcastsLuisa LemeWednesday, November 7, 2018

Aos Fatos’ Tai Nalon explains how the country’s 2018 elections proved a new, complex relationship between voters, news, and government.

¿Por qué Sergio Moro aceptó ser ministro y cambió Lava Jato para siempre?

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:33

¿Por qué Sergio Moro Aceptó Ser Ministro y Cambió Lava Jato para siempre?

Articles & Op-EdsBrian WinterSunday, November 4, 2018

Cuando a principios de la década de 1990 irrumpió la investigación italiana sobre corrupción política (manos limpias, en español) parecía un hecho que cambiaría definitivamente las reglas del juego. La investigación resultó en cientos de arrestos, casi la mitad de los integrantes del Congreso italiano fueron acusados y ocasionó que toda una generación de políticos perdiera sus puestos.

"En enero, tendrá más poder que ningún otro ministro de Justicia en la historia reciente de Brasil", dice Brian Winter de Americas Quarterly sobre Sergio Moro.

2018 #BRAVObiz Recap: COA Symposium Explores New Strategies, Leaders, and Markets in Latin America

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:39

2018 #BRAVObiz Recap: COA Symposium Explores New Strategies, Leaders, and Markets in Latin America

Program SummariesElizabeth GonzalezBrian HarperHolly K. SonnelandFriday, November 2, 2018

AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal opened the 2018 Council of the Americas Symposium in Miami. With a theme of “Transforming Latin America: New Strategies, New Leaders, New Markets,” the event gathered business leaders for a spirited discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing companies, societies, and governments in an ever-changing world. “Some companies started out as multilatinas and now have been transformed into global companies,” said Segal.

CEOs and business leaders gathered in Miami to share insights on how companies can adapt to a changing world and business climate.

Chart: Latino Voters in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 15:59

Chart: Latino Voters in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

InfographicsHolly K. SonnelandWednesday, October 31, 2018

Representation matters, as does what language you speak.

All Over but the Shouting: Engaging Brazil after the Elections

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:12

All Over but the Shouting: Engaging Brazil after the Elections

Articles & Op-EdsEric FarnsworthMonday, October 29, 2018

Elections have consequences, and Brazil’s elections on October 28, 2018, are particularly consequential. By an overwhelming margin, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro, who is often described as a far-right, law and order populist, to lead Latin America’s largest democracy, now deeply polarized, through turbulent economic times.

In The National Interest, AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth previews the future of the Washington-Brasilia relationship under a Bolsonaro administration.

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