What's New From AQ

  • Public Opinion in Latin America: Democracy, the Economy and Institutions

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Join us on February 3rd for a breakfast discussion of the 2010 AmericasBarometer Survey, “Political Culture of Democracy, 2010 – Democratic Consolidation in the Americas During Hard Times.” Conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), the survey measures and analyzes popular opinion in 26 countries toward the economy, rule of law, tolerance, and support for democracy. LAPOP's director Mitchell Seligson will be the featured speaker.

    For additional details and to register for this event, click here.

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  • AQ Blogger Cited in Financial Times

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    Benedict Mander writes in a recent Financial Times article that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez appears of late to be striking a conciliatory tone towards his opposition. This includes backtracking on a law allowing him to rule by decree for 18 months, returning expropriated farms to their owners, and not raising sales taxes.

    While such actions suggest Chávez may be trying to regain popularity, Mander quotes AQ blogger Andrés Mejía Vergnaud to note that “there are no imminent threats” to the survival of his regime, which was brought to power through presumably fair elections, enjoys the loyalty of the military and retains full control of oil revenues.


  • New AQ Hits Newsstands

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Americas Quarterly
    Winter 2011

    Latin America’s rapid emergence from the global recession again reinforces its new role as a world economic player. But its continued prosperity depends on how well even the smallest economic players can stand up to international competition and on the future of free trade in the hemisphere.

    The Winter issue of Americas Quarterly—released on January 27, 2011—looks at the hemisphere’s prospects for free trade and market access. AQ brings together scholarly analyses and investigative pieces that explore the real-world hurdles and opportunities for producers and workers as they seek a greater stake in the global economy. In this issue, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Canadian Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan answer how the hemisphere can move forward with trade liberalization. And AQ research shows the correlation, or lack of it, behind U.S. congressional support for free-trade agreements and the export benefits for each state and what that will mean for the Panama and Colombia FTAs.

    Also, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) talks to AQ about the chances for immigration reform in the new Congress, Albert Fishlow explores what Dilma's government will mean for Brazil's economic and foreign policy, and Carlos Ignacio Rojas and Alejandro Vera examine the potential of the Integrated Latin American Market, or Mila, to increase opportunities for investors and startups.


  • LAPOP Releases Next Issue in Insights Series

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    The Latin American Public Opinion Project, based out of Vanderbilt University, has issued a new report on the connection between religion and political knowledge in Latin America, entitled "Political Knowledge and Religious Channels of Socialization in Latin America" (Información política y vías de socialización religiosa en América Latina).

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  • CADAL Presents Annual Democracy Rankings Report

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    Hotel AWA
    Avenida Pedragosa Sierra y San Ciro
    Punta del Este, Uruguay

    On Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 8pm, CADAL (Centro para la Apertura y el Desarollo de América Latina) will unveil its 2010 Democracy, Markets and Transparency research report at the Punta del Este Latin American Forum.

    The annual report ranks each country’s level of development using three pillars: democratic freedoms, market-based economy and government transparency. Data is compiled from the 2010 editions of the following publications: Freedom of the World by Freedom House; Index of Economic Freedom by the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal; and Perception Corruption Index by Transparency International.

    CADAL has offered a partial preview of the results: New Zealand ranks #1, Chile #16, Uruguay #22, Brazil #57, Argentina #73 and Venezuela #148.

    Admission is free but advance registration is required: eventos@cadal.org. To access CADAL's press release, please click here.


  • LAPOP Releases Latest Report in its Insights Series

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    LAPOP, or the Latin American Public Opinion Project, has unveiled a new report in its "AmericasBarometer Insights" series of policy analyses. The latest analysis, entitled "What Determines Trust in the Supreme Court in Latin America and the Caribbean" (or, "¿Qué determina la confianza en la Corte Suprema en América Latina y el Caribe?") discusses public opinion in the region toward the judicial process.

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  • AS/COA's Christopher Sabatini Analyzes Venezuela Under Hugo Chávez in Foreign Affairs

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Where do Venezuela's present and future political and economic institutions stand? In the aftermath of the parliamentary elections in September 2010 and the ensuing installment of the new National Assembly last week, Americas Quarterly's Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini offers the following analysis.

    Those who believed that the Venezuelan opposition's gains in the September 2010 midterm elections would chasten President Hugo Chávez have seen their hopes dashed in the past six weeks. Since the end of November, Chávez and his allies—Chavistas—rammed through a series of laws that consolidate his control over everything from banks and local governments to the Internet and the National Assembly.

    In the waning days of the Chavista-controlled National Assembly, the legislation came fast and furious, including a long-threatened law that forbids organizations and individuals receiving international financial support from defending Venezuelans' political rights and prohibits local organizations from hosting foreigners who express opinions perceived offensive to the government. Other bills effectively established a parallel state on a local scale by creating community-level structures that report directly to the president, and granted the state unlimited discretion over economic policy.

    Chávez's new laws decimated the authority and fiscal capacity of local governments by creating a vertical, separate structure for overseeing and managing social programs. The laws bypass municipal governments' fiscal and political authority (established under Chávez's own 1999 constitution) by establishing a new "commune"-level government and setting up a "popular power" chain of command that answers only to the "revolutionary leadership" in Caracas. Recent banking laws have put banks under the government's thumb by officially declaring them public utilities and requiring them to either donate five percent of their profits to a social fund or risk seizure by the state. To add an exclamation mark to the end of the Chavista-dominated legislature, on December 17, 2010, Chávez had the outgoing National Assembly grant him the authority to rule by decree for 18 months. This "enabling law" will allow him to pass laws of his choice on social and economic policy and matters of national security...

    To read AS/COA's full coverage of the analysis, please click here.

    To access the article on the Foreign Affairs website, please click here.


  • AQ Blogging from the 2011 Cartagena International Music Festival

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    The fifth installment of the Cartagena International Music Festival is now underway. Beginning January 10, Nina Agrawal, Associate Editor of Americas Quarterly, will blog on AQ Online throughout the Festival.

    From January 6 through 15, soloists, choruses and other musicians will perform in the Colombian coastal city. Featured instruments include violin, cello, harp and piano. A full list of artists can be found here.

    The below YouTube is the 30-second preview for the 2010 Festival:

    Some of the concert locations are at the following venues: Plaza San Pedro Claver; Iglesia Santo Toribio; Teatro Adolfo Mejía; Plaza de la Trinidad; and Iglesia María Auxiliadora.

    In addition to musical performances, there will be ongoing exhibitions at the Institución Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolívar in downtown Cartagena.

    Questions should be directed to contacto@cartagenamusicfestival.com. To access the Festival’s website, please click here. To follow the Festival’s ongoing developments, its Twitter handle is @CartagenaFest.

    *Homepage rotator photo courtesy of Fundación Salvi.


  • Brazilian Artists in New York

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Ward-Nasse Gallery
    178 Prince Street
    New York, NY 10012

    Many contemporary artists from São Paulo are presenting their works in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography at the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. The exhibition is currently on display until January 6, 2011. For more information, visit the exhibition’s website.

    The list of artists includes: Angela De Luca, Ana Goldenberger, Camila Moura, Clairet, Désirée Sessegolo, Dino Pazzanese , Dircéa Mountfort, Eliana Tsuru, Gonçalo Borges, H. Benatti, H. Raucci, Isabel Pacheco, Jhonatan Ferraz, Leonardo Pontes, Licia Simonetti, Marcelo Cohen, Marcelo Gentille, Mauro Aguirre, Rafael Murió, Rogério Jaeger, Roselena Campos, Valente, and Vanina Franzoni.


  • Nueva York (1613-1945)

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10029

    Admission: Varies (Free to $9)

    Presented in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, this intriguing exhibition reveals the powerful role that Latinos and Spanish-speaking countries have played over three centuries to help shape New York into the most culturally vibrant city in the world. Art works, documents, printed books, artifacts, an installation by Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell, and a documentary by Ric Burns all serve as testaments to this dynamic history.

    Nueva York (1613-1945) is currently on display until January 9, 2011. For more information, visit the exhibition's website.


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