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CFR Media Call: Summit of the Americas

Cuba Latin America Panama United States CFR Media Call: Summit of the Americas

The seventh Summit of the Americas begins today in Panama City, Panama. Taking place every three years, it brings together leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere. This summit’s central theme is “Prosperity...

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Advanced Industries and North America

Canada Mexico United States Advanced Industries and North America

The U.S. economic recovery and current strength reflect in large part advanced industries. As other sectors faltered, both employment and output in these businesses grew. In 2013, they employed 12.3...

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Latin America’s Middle-Income Trap

Chile Latin America Uruguay Latin America’s Middle-Income Trap

In 2014, GDP growth in the region slowed to less than 1 percent. Expectations for 2015 are just slightly better, with forecasters predicting growth of nearer to 2 percent. The...

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The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

Brazil The Political Fallout of the Petrobras Scandal

The Petrobras corruption investigation, known locally as Operation Lava Jato (Carwash), entered a new phase last week, when Rodrigo Janot, Brazil’s general prosecutor, implicated 53 politicians from six different political...

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Central America’s Unaccompanied Minors

Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua United States Central America’s Unaccompanied Minors

During the summer of 2014 tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S-Mexico border. Over the course of the fiscal year, nearly 70,000—mostly from the Northern Triangle countries...

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Glimpses of Optimism in Guatemala

Guatemala Glimpses of Optimism in Guatemala

The news and statistics from Guatemala are anything but reassuring. More than half the nation’s sixteen million citizens live in poverty. Worse, almost one in two children under five suffer...

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Interview With Charlie Rose

Mexico United States Interview With Charlie Rose

Last month, I had the pleasure of joining Charlie Rose on his show along with Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign minister, and Francisco Goldman, contributor to The New Yorker, to...

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The Strategic Importance of North America to U.S. Interests

Canada Latin America Mexico United States The Strategic Importance of North America to U.S. Interests

  Yesterday, I had the privilege to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at a hearing titled “The Strategic Importance of the Western Hemisphere: Defining...

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United States and Mexico Finally Resolve Cross-Border Trucking Issue

Mexico United States

For the twenty years since the start of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States failed to fulfill its treaty obligations to open its roads and permit...

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Elections to Watch in 2015

Argentina Colombia Guatemala Mexico Venezuela

The region will hold just two presidential elections this year, choosing new leaders in Guatemala and Argentina. More prevalent will be congressional and local elections. Midterms in Mexico, Venezuela, and...

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