What's New From AQ

  • CIGI at the Summit of the Americas

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    The Center for International Governance Innovation will be live-blogging at the Fifth Summit of the Americas taking place on April 17-19 in Trinidad and Tobago. Check in often for trenchant analysis of the proceedings.

  • Spring AQ Hits Newsstands

    Thursday, April 9, 2009

    The newest issue of Americas Quarterly (Spring 2009) is being released today. It looks at how the global economic crisis is affecting the Americas and what policymakers and investors can do to pull out of it. 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.

    Use our Find a Retailer tool to locate the nearest Borders, Barnes & Nobles or B. Dalton bookstore that carries AQ. Or, subscribe today and receive an instant digital copy of the Spring issue.

    Inside, you’ll find articles from former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on the do’s and don’ts for policymakers during an economic crisis and Harvard University’s Ricardo Hausmann on the crucial role that financial institutions can play in restoring global liquidity and growth. Michael Reid of The Economist discusses the risks of a return of populist politics in Latin America, while Florencia Torche of New York University discusses the risk to the region’s middle class.

    We also asked various experts, including Mohamed A. El-Erian, Pamela Cox, Francisco Gil Díaz and Susan Segal—to share their opinions on how the world can pull out of the economic slump. In "Hard Talk Forum," Patricio Navia and Steven Griner debate the merits of presidential term limits. In our non-feature section, Javier Corrales predicts what Latin American economies will look like in 25 years, and Lisa Viscidi discusses the need for a hemispheric energy policy.

  • Obama Should Shift Focus to Interdependence on Oil

    Thursday, April 16, 2009

    *This op-ed originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle. It draws on Lisa Viscidi's article titled "Untapped," which appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Americas Quarterly.

    When President Obama attends the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago this week, he will have an opportunity to address one of the most pressing issues on his policy agenda—energy.

    Yet, as the economic crisis absorbs most of his administration’s attention, lower oil prices make alternative energy sources look costlier and U.S. oil demand remains fairly solid despite the recession, an unfortunate reality is setting in. Oil imports, like it or not, will remain a substantial part of the U.S.’s energy base for decades to come.

    But there is also good news. The Summit of the Americas provides a forum for Obama to shift focus from energy independence to a more practical and even a more desirable goal—energy interdependence.

  • Cuba representa para Obama lo que el Canal de Panamá fue para Carter

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    **This interview with Javier Corrales originally appeared in Clarín. Javier Corrales is the author of "Markets, States and Neighbors," which appears in the Spring issue of AQ (to be released on April 16, 2009).

    Por Fabián Bosoer, Clarín

    En las últimas dos semanas el presidente Obama tuvo oportunidad de estrenar su protagonismo internacional en las Cumbres del G-20 en Londres y de la OTAN en Estrasburgo, y junto a los líderes de la Unión Europea en Praga y en Ankara, la capital turca, mientras se realizaba en Estambul la reunión de la Alianza de Civilizaciones entre Oriente y Occidente. Es ahora el turno de América latina. En la quinta Cumbre de las Américas que se realiza el próximo fin de semana en Trinidad y Tobago, podrá conocerse cómo piensa encarar la nueva administración demócrata las relaciones con la región, qué pueden esperar los países latinoamericanos de Washington y cómo se inserta la agenda hemisférica en el tablero geopolítico mundial. Javier Corrales, profesor de Ciencia Política del Amherst College, uno de los más selectos de los Estados Unidos, tiene una visión de conjunto que expone en esta entrevista.

    Bosoer (Clarín): ¿Qué podemos esperar de esta nueva cumbre hemisférica?

    Creo que no debemos esperar un gran cambio, un anuncio que nos sorprenda. No creo que este vaya a ser el momento para hacer ese tipo de anuncios y no creo que el gobierno de Obama esté listo para hacerlos. Hay que entender que Obama tiene una carga de temas muy críticos, y la mayoría de estos no están afortunadamente en la región. No tiene incentivo de lanzar ningún tipo de cambio fundamental precisamente porque, desde el punto de vista de Obama, nada está peligrando por ahora acá. Lo que sí vamos a ver es un clima muy diferente, menos antiamericano o menos. "resistente". Será una Cumbre mucho más armónica y con más sintonía que las anteriores.

  • AQ Winter Issue Launch and Panel Discussion

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    The launch of the Winter issue of Americas Quarterly featured a panel discussion on the prospects and challenges for technology advancement in the Americas.

    Opening Remarks

    Evan Hansen, Editor-in-chief, Wired.com

    Featured Panelists

    Matt Keller, Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, One Laptop per Child

    Tarkan Maner, President and CEO, Wyse Technologies

    Eduardo Saravia, Marketing Director, Telefónica International Wholesale Services, USA

    Christopher Sabatini, Editor-in -Chief, Americas Quarterly (Moderator)

    Listen to a podcast of the program.


  • O Paradoxo da Amazônia

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    **This article originally appeared in Folha de São Paulo. Author Bruce Babbitt will explore the same topic in a piece in the forthcoming Summer issue of AQ.

    A DESTRUIÇÃO das florestas ameaça a sobrevivência de todo o planeta. Em todo o mundo, a derrubada e a queima de florestas causam 20% do aquecimento global, mais do que as emissões de gases de todos os automóveis e caminhões. A maioria dos países vem falando muito e fazendo pouco para enfrentar o aquecimento global. O Brasil, porém, é diferente. O ministro do Meio Ambiente, Carlos Minc, anunciou que o Brasil vai reduzir o desmatamento da Amazônia em 70% até 2017.

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  • Houston Chronicle Reprints Winter 2009 AQ Article

    Monday, February 16, 2009

    The Houston Chronicle and Americas Quarterly have again teamed up to feature a full-length AQ article in a weekend edition of The Chronicle.

    On February 14, 2009, The Chroncie reprinted a policy update from the Winter 2009 issue of AQ in which Sharon Squassoni of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace examines Latin America's renewed interest in nuclear energy. Hes article was reprinted as Latin America Warms Up to Nuclear Expansion.

  • New AQ Hitting Newsstands

    Thursday, February 5, 2009

    The newest issue of Americas Quarterly (Winter 2009) is being released today. This issue looks at connectivity and the digital divide, with contributors discussing topics ranging from innovation and inequality in the information age and the growth of e-commerce, to transparency and e-government and the regulatory environment affecting IT. AQ also unravels the regional implications of the financial crisis and how Latin America will weather it and if President Obama can meet high expectations across the Americas.

    Use our Find a Retailer tool to locate the nearest Borders, Barnes & Nobles or B. Dalton bookstore that carries AQ. Or, subscribe today and receive an instant digital copy of Winter issue.

  • Gays in Latin America: Is the Closet Half Empty?

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    (This article first appeared at ForeignPolicy.com, and can be viewed there in its entirety.)

    Most analysts haven't noticed, but a major social revolution is taking place in Latin America. The region is becoming gayer. It's not that there are more gays and lesbians living in Latin America (we would never know). Rather, the region is becoming more gay-friendly. A generation ago, Latin America was the land of the closet and the home of the macho. Today, movements fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are taking advantage of the region's more globalized, open regimes. They are promoting their cause through smart, mainstream political and economic alliances. So, though closets and machos are still ubiquitous, Latin America is now the site of some of the most pro-gay legislation in the developing world.

    Gay rights expanded in democratic Western Europe starting in the late 1960s, and in the United States more gradually since the 1970s. Despite being democratic and kind-of-Western, Latin America lagged behind. Then, in the late 1990s, legislation started to change. In 1998, Ecuador's new constitution introduced protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 1999, Chile decriminalized same-sex intercourse. Rio de Janeiro's state legislature banned sexual-orientation discrimination in public and private establishments in 2000. In 2002, Buenos Aires guaranteed all couples, regardless of gender, the right to register civil unions.


  • AQ Online Poll: President Obama and the Americas

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    In an online poll conducted over the last two months, 32 percent of respondents agreed that President Obama's top priority in the Americas should be to reduce poverty. Of the 126 votes cast, 20 percent believed that trade ties should be his top concern followed by migration (18 percent). Additional categories and voting percentages include: Cuba (10 percent); security (10 percent); human rights (6 percent); and the environment (5 percent).

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