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Viewpoint: Alberta's Electoral Winner Pledges to Right Energy Sector

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:24

Viewpoint: Alberta's Electoral Winner Pledges to Right Energy Sector

Viewpoints AmericasNaki MendozaMonday, April 22, 2019

A new leader in one of the Western Hemisphere’s largest oil-producing countries is calling for major changes to stem years of setback and decline sustained under his predecessor. The call is not coming up in Brazil, Colombia, or Mexico—but Canada.

The province of Alberta, the country’s energy powerhouse, elected Jason Kenney as its new premier on April 16, with a mandate to revive the province’s struggling oil sector. His task carries strong implications for global energy, given Alberta’s huge production footprint.

A political reversal

The electoral result in Canada’s top oil-producing province reveals dismay over lost energy sector opportunities, writes AS/COA’s Naki Mendoza.

LatAm in Focus: Meet Cuba's Emerging Artist, Cimafunk

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:39

LatAm in Focus: Meet Cuba's Emerging Artist, Cimafunk

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezWednesday, April 24, 2019

The Afro-Cuban musician described the evolution of his music from Pinar del Rio to Havana, and from Paris to New York.

LatAm in Focus: Ambassador Feeley on Daniel Ortega's Flagging Grip on Nicaragua

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:44

LatAm in Focus: Ambassador Feeley on Daniel Ortega's Flagging Grip on Nicaragua

PodcastsHolly K. SonnelandThursday, April 18, 2019

A year after civil unrest broke out in the Central American country, the former U.S. ambassador explains why Nicaragua needs international attention.

Interview: Defending against Hacks and Eliminating Risks

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:30

Interview: Defending against Hacks and Eliminating Risks

Exclusive InterviewsWednesday, April 17, 2019

Mexico’s FEMSA is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler and has three business divisions. Its trading division operates Oxxo, the largest convenience store chain in the region, with more than 18,000 stores in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. This chain serves around 11.8 million customers daily. Its other businesses include logistics, cooling solutions, and plastic product manufacturing, among others.

The CFO’s role is evolving beyond internal compliance to external protection, says José Manuel Olguín, treasurer of Mexican Coca-Cola bottler FEMSA.

Nicaragua Marks One Year Since Deadly Protests Began

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 14:44

Nicaragua Marks One Year Since Deadly Protests Began

Hemispheric UpdatesHolly K. SonnelandThursday, April 11, 2019

A year ago, on April 18, 2018, a social security reform that raised taxes and reduced pensions spurred Nicaraguans to take to the streets to protest against the government of Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo.

April 18 marks one year of civil unrest against the Daniel Ortega administration, resulting in hundreds dead and little political progress.

Approval Tracker: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 16:24

Approval Tracker: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro

InfographicsLuisa LemeWednesday, April 10, 2019

Though his approval took an early hit, Brazilians still count on his government’s future success. Will he make good on those expectations?

January–March 2019 Culture Calendar

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:40

January–March 2019 Culture Calendar

Communications MaterialsFriday, April 5, 2019

See what music and visual arts events are taking place at Americas Society in Winter 2019.

Read the January–March 2019 Culture Calendar (PDF).

See what music and visual arts events are taking place at Americas Society in Winter 2019.

April–June 2019 Culture Calendar

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:35

April–June 2019 Culture Calendar

Communications MaterialsFriday, April 5, 2019

See what music and visual arts events are taking place at Americas Society in Spring 2019.

Read the April–June 2019 Culture Calendar (PDF).

See what music and visual arts events are taking place at Americas Society in Spring 2019.

LatAm in Focus: Jair Bolsonaro's First 100 Days

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:10

LatAm in Focus: Jair Bolsonaro's First 100 Days

PodcastsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, April 4, 2019

Running as an outsider and governing as one are two different things. We take stock of the Brazilian president’s performance so far with AS/COA experts Brian Winter and Roberto Simon.

Explainer: What Is Prosur?

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:09

Explainer: What Is Prosur?

ExplainersFernanda NunesWednesday, April 3, 2019

There’s a new regional bloc in town: the Forum for the Progress of South America, also known as Prosur. The group might not exist, however, were it not for the disintegration of another body, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). And though Prosur’s stated goal is for economic and social cooperation and not political, one issue more than all others has prompted its creation.

With UNASUR fading, South American leaders created a new multilateral bloc in its wake.

O precedente da Guatemala

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:46

O precedente da Guatemala

Articles & Op-EdsRoberto SimonSaturday, March 30, 2019

Enfim, a visita à Terra Santa. Ao lado do premiê Binyamin Netanyahu, o presidente dessa auspiciosa nação latino-americana anuncia a transferência de sua embaixada de Tel Aviv a Jerusalém. Trata-se, afinal, de um compromisso de campanha, ganha com o voto evangélico e sobre os escombros do establishment político, arrasado pela maior operação anticorrupção da história nacional.

Refiro-me, acima, ao presidente Jimmy Morales da Guatemala—o único (por enquanto) a seguir os EUA de Donald Trump e reconhecer Jerusalém como capital do Estado Judeu.

"O precedente guatemalteco pode ajudar a iluminar o debate no Brasil sobre o que significaria, na prática, o reconhecimento de Jerusalém", analisa Roberto Simon, da AS/COA, na Folha de S. Paulo.

North American Trade by the Numbers

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 18:06

North American Trade by the Numbers

InfographicsCarin ZissisMonday, April 1, 2019

For a good chunk of 2018, NAFTA’s renegotiation was surrounded by an air of uncertainty. Then, in November, the three members signed a deal known as the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA in the United States, CUSMA in Canada, and TMEC in Mexico. And now uncertainty surrounds the new deal’s ratification.

While we wait on USMCA ratification, trilateral trade between NAFTA members keeps growing. AS/COA Online takes a look, with a spotlight on U.S.-Mexico trade.

VOA: Eric Farnsworth on the Latest Developments in Venezuela

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 13:52

VOA: Eric Farnsworth on the Latest Developments in Venezuela

PodcastsFriday, March 29, 2019

AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth spoke to Voice of America's Encounter podcast about the recent political developments in Venezuela. On Russian involvement in Venezuela, Farnsworth said, "This is something that not just the United States but also the Lima Group have condemned for being unhelpful for political transition in Venezuela and indeed for democracy in the Western Hemisphere."

"The rate of poverty today is higher than when Hugo Chávez first came to power," said the AS/COA vice president on Venezuela. 

Is Pension Reform on the Ballot in Argentina's Election?

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 17:51

Is Pension Reform on the Ballot in Argentina's Election?

Hemispheric UpdatesElizabeth GonzalezThursday, March 28, 2019

Public dissent and legal challenges have slowed implementation of President Mauricio Macri’s 2017 reform.

Interview: The Privileged Position of the CFO in a World of Data

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 17:39

Interview: The Privileged Position of the CFO in a World of Data

Exclusive InterviewsTuesday, March 19, 2019

Implementing cybersecurity strategies, improving the ERP system, and automating basic tasks are all crucial for corporations today. The CFO, with access to all of the information in a company, is in a privileged position to recommend the best ways to carry out those tasks.

But without a good internal communication strategy, those tasks will remain in a to-do list. This is one of the ideas that Ricardo Sánchez Baker, CFO at Mexican flagship carrier Aeroméxico, highlights in this interview.

Few in the company have access to the wealth of data that the CFO has, Aeroméxico CFO Ricardo Sánchez Baker.

Approval Tracker: Mexico's President AMLO

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:46

Approval Tracker: Mexico's President AMLO

InfographicsCarin ZissisHolly K. SonnelandTuesday, March 19, 2019

Andrés Manuel López Obrador kicked off his six-year term with popularity levels that would make most leaders green with envy. On top of that, the coalition headed by his MORENA party holds a majority in both houses of Congress and most of Mexico’s 32 states. That’s a whole lot of carte blanche that raises questions about who or what will serve as a check and balance on López Obrador, frequently referred to as AMLO.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his term with popularity levels that would make most leaders green with envy. Here’s how his approval looks over time. 

Argentina's 2019 Electoral Calendar

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 16:07

Argentina's 2019 Electoral Calendar

InfographicsElizabeth GonzalezThursday, March 14, 2019

From gubernatorial PASOs to the first-ever mandatory presidential debates, AS/COA Online outlines key dates ahead of October 27 general elections.

Explainer: A Who's Who of Panama's Presidential Candidates

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 10:24

Explainer: A Who's Who of Panama's Presidential Candidates

ExplainersElizabeth GonzalezFriday, March 8, 2019

Learn about the candidates’ positions on everything from constitutional reform to social security to agricultural production.

LatAm in Focus: Sizing Up the Start of AMLO's Presidency

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 13:48
Mexico in the AMLO Era: A 2019 Economic and Political Outlook

LatAm in Focus: Sizing Up the Start of AMLO's Presidency

PodcastsCarin ZissisThursday, March 7, 2019

“For AMLO, democracy started with him,” says CIDE’s Carlos Bravo Regidor in this podcast exploring the big issues that marked the first 100 days of Mexico’s López Obrador in office.

“For AMLO, democracy started with him,” says CIDE’s Carlos Bravo Regidor in this podcast exploring the big issues that marked the first 100 days of Mexico’s López Obrador in office.

VOA: AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth on Venezuela, "China Is a Wild Card"

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 12:54

VOA: AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth on Venezuela, "China Is a Wild Card"

PodcastsTuesday, March 5, 2019

"[The military] have the guns and the ability to influence who is actually able to exercise power," said AS/COA vice president about Venezuela on VOA podcast.

"[The military] have the guns and the ability to influence who is actually able to exercise power," said AS/COA vice president about Venezuela on VOA podcast. 

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