What's New From AQ

  • Editor-in-Chief Answers Questions about Cuba for PBS's World Focus

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini answered questions from PBS yesterday about the launch of a new blog in Cuba by the Catholic Church.

    According to an annoucement, the Church's new blog is intended to serve as a meeting place for “those who live, dream, work and hope in Cuba and the Cuban community overseas.” The precise content of the blog remains to be seen, but the move to launch a blog raises the public profile of church leaders in Cuba. It also raises interesting questions: how will Cubans, who have limited access to internet services in Cuba, access the content of the blog? Will blog writers criticize government policies?

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  • Editor-in-Chief and AQ Blogger Write in ForeignPolicy.com

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini teamed up with contributing blogger Daniel Altschuler, a Rhodes Scholar at OxfordUniversity currently based in Honduras, to write an op-ed on U.S. policy in Honduras.

    The new article, “Calling a Coup a Coup,” looks at how some conservatives’ position that the Obama administration’s unwillingness to support the de facto regime in Honduras is a concession to left-wing leaders in the region who have been adversaries of the United States. But the authors conclude that if U.S. policymakers had in fact supported the coup, they would have risked throwing Latin America back to the dark days of military governments and sham elections of the 1970s and 1980s.

    The full-text article is available at ForeignPolicy.com.

  • Haitian Times Republishes from AQ’s Fall Issue

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Haitian Times and Americas Quarterly have teamed up to feature two full-length articles from the new AQ.

    Haitian Times editor Garry Pierre-Pierre’s Our Man in Haiti: Bill Clinton discusses Bill Clinton’s appointment as United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti and the prospects for renewed international engagement with the country. AQ’s interview with Wylcef Jean highlights Jean’s foundation, Yéle Haiti and efforts to combat deforestation and engage youth in Jean’s native Haiti.

    Both can seen at www.haitiantimes.com.

  • New Americas Quarterly to Hit Newsstands

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Release Date: October 15

    Looking ahead to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the Fall issue of Americas Quarterly focuses on the environment and how the hemisphere can help to preserve it.

    In his lead article, Ricardo Lagos, the former Chilean President and current Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Climate Change, calls for a new global metric to measure products’ carbon footprint and a measure to reward low-carbon production in the global market. Other authors include: Senator John F. Kerrry (co-sponsor of the Senate’s new climate change bill) who calls for hemisphere-wide collaboration around Copenhagen; Jaime Lerner, the three-time mayor of Curitiba, Brazil; and Steven Sanderson, president and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

    The new issue also includes an exclusive interview with multi-platinum and Grammy-Award-winning musician and producer Wyclef Jean as well as a debate over the OAS’ readmission of Cuba and updates on drug decriminalization and hemispheric health care access.


    Negotiating a Green Commitment
    Both developed and developing countries need to get serious about the risk of global warming. One way to this is to establish a global trade system that provides market incentives for low-carbon products.

    The Fulcrum of Our New Relationship in the Americas
    An environmental partnership between Washington and the hemisphere could set a global example.

    Fat City

    Cities have become bloated by bad planning. Here’s how to put them on a diet.

  • New Publication on Colombian Politics

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    The bi-monthly magazine Política Colombiana analyzes political events in Colombia and seeks to further national-level political discussions.

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  • The Dictator’s Shadow Wins WOLA-Duke University Book Award

    Monday, September 14, 2009

    The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Pinochet, a memoir of dictatorship and exile and their long aftermath in Chile, won the 2009 WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, will receive a $1,000 cash award and an invitation to receive the prize at WOLA’s (Washington Office on Latin America) headquarters later this year, as well as an invitation to offer a reading at Duke University in Durham, NC.

    Muñoz’ book, published by Basic Books, explores Augusto Pinochet’s legacy of violence and corruption from a uniquely personal perspective. The author, currently Chile's ambassador to the United Nations, was imprisoned by the Pinochet regime because of his political views and in his memoir recounts how Chileans fought and brought the former dictator to account for some of his crimes right until his death in 2006.

    The book, reviewed in the Winter 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly by Paul Sigmund, was also launched at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas last October.

  • Buenos Aires AQ Launch

    Thursday, August 20, 2009

    On August 24, AQ launched its Summer issue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Th event addressed the theme of the issue—advances and challenges to human rights in the hemisphere today.

    Keynote Speaker

    Hon. Ricardo Lorenzetti - President, Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina

    Welcoming Remarks

    Roberto Saba - Dean, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Palermo


    Santiago Canton - Executive Secretary, Inter-American Human Rights Commission

    Víctor Abramovich - First Vice President, Inter-American Human Rights Commission

    Eduardo Bertoni - Director, Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Aceso a la Información; Professor, Universidad de Palermo

    Christopher Sabatini - Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Senior Director of Policy, AS/COA, Moderator

    Check back here for a summary of the program.

  • Mexico: A not-so-distant neighbor

    Tuesday, August 4, 2009

    *This op-ed originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle. It draws on Andrew Selee’s article titled "Security. U.S.-Mexico Cooperation: A New Opportunity?" which appears in the Summer 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly.

    The new era of U.S-Mexico co-responsibility took another step forward last month. In Mexico City, Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora and U.S. Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton announced new guidelines to allow for the two countries to cooperate in sharing information on arms trafficking cases.

    The collaboration builds on intense bilateral activity since President Barack Obama came to office. Obama has already met with President Felipe Calderón twice. Three U.S. cabinet secretaries, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have traveled to Mexico City, and there have been at least seven congressional trips and a dozen congressional hearings focused on the United States' southern neighbor.

  • The Americas Re-Elect: George Washington's Ghost

    Tuesday, July 28, 2009

    *This op-ed originally appeared in openDemocracy. It draws on John M. Carey's article titled "The Re-electionistas: The Debate Continues" which appears in the Summer 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly.

    In the early hours of 28 June 2009, Manuel Zelaya was removed from the Honduran presidency and deported to Costa Rica by his own military. A month on, a key issue in the unfolding Honduran crisis remains Zelaya's ambition to change the Honduran constitution to allow himself to run for a second term.

    A day after the drama in Tegucigalpa, the presidents of Colombia and the United States met at the White House. Barack Obama and Álvaro Uribe discussed the future of the US-Colombia free-trade pact, human rights, and drug policy; but looming over the conversation was the question of whether in the coming months Uribe would himself attempt to alter the Colombian constitution to allow himself to run for a third consecutive term in the 2010 elections.

    As the meeting drew to a close, Obama noted that George Washington had buttressed his own reputation, and American democracy, by refusing a third term and stepping down in 1797. Obama's message to Uribe was lost on no one...

    To read the full text of this article please go to the openDemocracy website.

  • Launch of New AQ

    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    On Friday, July 24, Americas Quarterly launched its Summer issue at a New York bookstore.  The issue commemorates 50 years of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and discusses contemporary challenges to human rights in our hemisphere. Both speakers are contributors to the Summer issue.

    Featured Speakers

    - Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, Deputy Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

    - Marieclaire Acosta, Americas Director, International Center for Transitional Justice

    - Micheal Casey, Senior Reporter, Senior Reporter, Dow Jones Newswires (keynote speaker)

    - Katya Salazar, Executive Director, Due Process of Law Foundation

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