What's New From AQ

  • The Risks of Deforestation in the Amazon

    Monday, July 13, 2009

    AQ Summer author Bruce Babbit and New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin discussed development in the Amazon and effects on the ecosystem. Babbit’s remarks drew from his article in the Summer issue (released on July 20) titled “Manifest Destiny in the Amazon Basin,” which looks at the soon-to-be-constructed Trans-South American Highway.


    Featured Speakers

    - Bruce Babbit, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and former Governor of Arizona


    - Andrew Revkin, Science reporter, New York Times; Author of several books, including The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest

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



    Listen to an audio podcast of the program.

  • Summer AQ Released

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    The Summer 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly hits newsstands this week. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Inter-American Human Rights system and exploring its evolution. With the recent military coup in Honduras, questions of democracy, constitutional rights and institutional erosion are again surging to the fore in Latin America. The Summer 2009 AQ issue includes articles by former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo; Santiago Cantón, the executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and Claudio Grossman, the Dean of American University Washington College of Law.

    In his essay, President Toledo’s reflects on rebuilding Peru’s democratic institutions after President Fujimori and the importance of organizations such as the Organization of American States in upholding democratic ideals. “Non-democratic governments often complain about a supposed ‘extraterritoriality,’ which is a codeword for what they consider intrusion in their national affairs.…But a genuine democracy should not fear being part of the effort to advance and improve the Inter-American system’s institutions,” he writes.

    Other articles evaluate the current successes and challenges that confront the human rights system in the Americas, including crime and social inequality.

  • Human Rights Journal Issues Call for Papers

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009


    SUR– International Journal on Human Rights is accepting contributions to be published in its upcoming issues. Articles should optimally be original and unpublished.


    The biannual journal is edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish and can be accessed online at: http://www.surjournal.org. Submissions received by July 15, 2009, will be considered for the 2nd issue of this year. Articles received after that date will be considered for subsequent issues.


    Featured in the Panorama section of the Fall 2008 issue of Americas Quarterly, Sur draws material from the 130-plus members of the Brazil-based Sur – Human Rights University Network, enabling it to tackle issues beyond the traditional scope of a human-rights publication. The journal is aimed at academics and activists dedicated to the study and protection of human rights.


    More information on article submission guidelines is available on Sur's website.

  • CADAL Launches New Study

    Monday, July 6, 2009

    The Center for Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), an AQ partner organization, launched a new study analyzing the economic model used by Argentine provinces since the country emerged from the economic crisis in 2002. Authored by Adrián Lucardi, El "modelo" en las provincias (The Model in the Provinces) finds that provincial governments have adopted a procyclical economic model that favors a continuous increase in public spending and job creation.

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  • New Issue of Perspectiva Released

    Monday, July 6, 2009

    Perspectiva, one of AQ’s partner organizations, launched its latest issue titled Política exterior latinoamericana en el actual (des) orden mundial (Latin American Foreign Policy in the Current Global (Dis)order). The recently published magazine has a great variety of contributors such as Stephen Johnson, Rosendo Fraga, Fernando Dworak, María Teresa Romero, Angel Soto and Nelson Fernández. Topics addressed in the issue include the Bolivian constitutional referendum, 10 years of the Hugo Chávez presidency in Venezuela and a critique of Carlos Sabino’s book Todos nos equivocamos (We All Make Mistakes). The issue is currently available in stores and newsstands.

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  • The Financial Crisis and Latin America: Green Shoots or Black Clouds?

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    On June 1, Spring AQ author Ricardo Hausmann joined panelists in a discussion at the AS/COA tited, "The Financial Crisis and Latin America: Green Shoots or Black Clouds?." The full text of Hausmann's AQ article "Here We Go Again" is available at AmericasQuarterly.org. The panel included:

    • John Authers, Investment Editor, Financial Times (Moderator)
    • Geoffrey Dennis, Managing Director, Latin America Equity Research, Citigroup, Inc.
    • Ricardo Hausmann, Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
    • Peter Marber, Global Head of GEM Fixed Income and Currencies, Halbis Capital Management (USA), Inc.

    Listen to the audio of the discussion at AS/COA Online.

  • Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini on CNN's GloboEconomia

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    In a segment on CNN's GloboEconomía, AS/COA's Christopher Sabatini discusses the implications of Latin America's digital divide and highlights promising initiatives in Brazil and Uruguay to increase internet access and education. While not a legally protected right, access to the internet is incredibly important to reach the levels of education and development necessary to compete in the global economy, says Sabatini. The Winter 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly focused on how to bridge the digital gap and featured an article by the President of Uruguay on his plans to make Uruguay the most connected country in the world. (en español)

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  • Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the Judiciary

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    The international event titled Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in the Judiciary was held on May 14 and 15 in Santiago, Chile. Presidents of Iberoamerican Supreme Courts and Councils of the Judiciary met, as well as other high-level legal officials and experts. This event was organized by the Cumbre Judicial Iberoamericana, the Center for Justice Studies of the Americas (CEJA), the World Bank Institute, Transparency International, the Supreme Court of Chile, and the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF).

    The Due Process of Law Foundation, an AQ partner organization, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in Latin American judiciaries.

    The DPLF has published several studies on the subject including El acceso a la información judicial en México: una vision comparada (Access to Judicial Information in Mexico: A Comparative Vision),  a book published in 2005 after the adoption of Mexico's freedom of information law.

  • AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini on PBS' World Focus

    Wednesday, May 6, 2009

    Americas Quarterly Editor-in-chief Christopher Sabatini appeared on PBS' World Focus first hour-long special, Outbreak, which examined the spread of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. On the show he addresses the consequences for the Mexican economy, discrimination against Mexican citizens, and the long-term impacts of the outbreak.


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  • AQ Spring Issue Launch and Panel Discussion

    Friday, April 17, 2009

    The Spring issue of Americas Quarterly looks at how the global economic crisis is affecting the Americas and what policymakers and investors can do to pull out of it. In this issue contributors offer a new twist to today’s financial news, providing answers and proposals from a variety of perspectives: trade, investment, international financial institutions, politics and policymaking, and social policy.

    Panelists at the launch examined both the regional and country-specific effects of the crisis and policy responses.


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

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