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  • Obama Augurs Better Regional Relations

    Monday, December 15, 2008

    *This article oringally appeared in The Miami Herald.

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a former president of Brazil, once quipped that the U.S. presidency carries so much importance globally that everyone should have the right to cast a ballot. He was not proposing a radical change of national sovereignty so much as reflecting the stake the world has in the U.S. elections, and now in President-elect Barack Obama.

    Nowhere is this felt more closely than in Latin America. Directly affected by U.S. policies on immigration, anti-narcotics, security and trade, Latin Americans watched the campaign intensely, parsed every candidate's comments and many rejoiced in Obama's election.


  • Houston Chronicle Features Second Article from Fall AQ

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    In the second of four Sunday edition installments, The Houston Chronicle reprinted the AQ memo to the U.S. President elect by Jorge "Tuto" Quiroga, former Bolivian president and current opposition leader in the Bolivian Congress. His article, which ran in The Chronicle as President-elect Barack Obama has a Chance to Establish New Relationships with Other Coutnries in Western Hemisphere outlines a concrete working agenda for the next administration in the Americas.

    The next AQ article will appear on Sunday, December 14.


  • Productive Partnerships Make Region Stronger

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Building on his feature article in the Fall 2007 Americs Quarterly, Admiral Jim Stavridis outlines some of the Southern Command's key initiatives in Latin America, including traveling hospital ships to provide training and medical services.

    *This article oringally appeared in The Miami Herald.

    For the past two years at U.S. Southern Command our approach to security cooperation with the 45 nations and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean has been simple -- ''real and vibrant partnership for the Americas.''

    We try to do this while supporting and complementing the activities conducted by the State Department, Agency for International Development, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Coast Guard and others. So looking back over the past two years, is there real and vibrant partnership in the Americas?


  • AQ in The Houston Chronicle

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008

    The Houston Chronicle and Americas Quarterly have teamed up to feature Fall 2008 AQ articles in four successive Sunday editions of The Chronicle.

    On November 30, 2008, The Chroncie reprinted Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez's memo to the U.S. President elect. His article, reprinted as Help develop local responses to food and energy crises calls for investing a portion of oil profits in countries that have been hit hardest by rising oil and food prices.

    Check out The Chronicle on Sunday, December 7, 2008, when it reprints Jorge "Tuto" Quiroga's article on a concrete working agenda for the next administration in the Americas. Here's a sneak peak.


  • Christopher Sabatini on Chinese Interest in Latin America

    Monday, November 24, 2008

    In an interview on PBS news program Worldfocus, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini discusses the expanding export market between China and Latin America, and its political and economic implications for the entire Western Hemisphere.


  • Voices from the Region: Ideas for the U.S. President-elect’s Agenda for the Americas

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Keynote Speaker:
    Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank

    Panelists:
    H.E. Antonio Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States
    H.E. Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
    Alberto Vollmer, Chief Executive Officer, Ron Santa Teresa, Venezuela
    Viviana Krstecivic, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law, Washington

    *Read remarks by Luis Alberto Moreno

    *Read a summary of the program.


  • Turbulent Transition Begins

    Monday, November 17, 2008

    *This article oringally appeared in The Toronto Star.

    Within the next few days, teams of dark-suited operatives working for the U.S. president-elect will fan out across Washington with a singular mission. They will sit down with the heads of every federal agency to prepare for the transfer of power on Jan. 20.

    It's the way things have been done in presidential transitions for several decades, and Americans have generally – with a few hiccups along the way – managed the awkward 77-day gap between the election of a new president and his inauguration with aplomb and crisp efficiency.

    But the clock is racing faster this time. If this year's U.S. elections were a transformative moment in American politics, this year's transition of power amounts to an equally historic – and nail-biting – crossroads.

    Rarely have so many potential tests of authority faced a new president on the eve of walking into the Oval Office, forcing him to make decisions that could make or break his presidency even before he swears the oath of office.

    The coming weeks are a dress rehearsal for the first wartime handover of power in the U.S. in more than 40 years, and a new White House team-in-waiting will need to set in place priorities for the conduct of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that will not wait for the measured unfolding of transition calendars.


  • Welcome to the New AQ Website

    Friday, October 31, 2008

    Welcome to the new Americas Quarterly website-a space for fresh ideas and voices about the future of our hemisphere.

    Join the discussion and offer new points of view on topics ranging from politics and economics to music and new innovations. Check out the new AQ Blog, post comments on our articles, and keep up-to-date with the newest developments in the region. Questions/comments, please send them our way at: aqinfo@as-coa.org

    -The AQ Team


  • AQ Launches First Video

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Blending multimedia, new facts about the region and images from our latest issue, the new AQ video looks at our shared challenges and destinies in the region. Americas Quarterly offers fresh ideas and perspectives on crucial policy issues affecting the Western Hemisphere. Spread the word - share this video with friends, colleagues and others who are interested in the future of our hemisphere.


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