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June 15, 2010: What Was Accomplished at Last Week's OAS Meeting?
By John F. Maisto, Vicki Gass, Diego Arria, Abraham F. Lowenthal
Foreign ministers from across the Western Hemisphere, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gathered June 6-8 in Lima for the annual General Assembly of the Organization of American States. What was accomplished at the meeting?

June 11, 2010: Former Argentine Energy Ministers: Sector Needs Long-Term Plan
By Matthew Schewel
Two former energy secretaries of Argentina on Thursday called on their government to adopt a long-term strategy to diversify the country's energy sources, stem a decline in oil and gas production and stimulate investment in the electricity sector by phasing out subsidies.

May 20, 2010: U.S. Could Lose Trade Edge in Asia, Latin America: Experts
By Matthew Schewel
The United States needs to take on a leadership role in global trade diplomacy or risk losing its ability to compete in Asian and Latin American markets, experts said at a recent panel discussion co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce.

May 18, 2010: Latin America's Growing Equality: Myth or Reality?
By Jeffrey Puryear
It's worth noting that inequality has declined recently in much of Latin America. But are these decreases part of a long-term trend? Has Latin America found an effective and sustainable strategy for reducing inequality?

May 4, 2010: Has Obama Kept His Summit of the Americas Promises?
By Michael Shifter, Bernardo Álvarez, Roger Noriega
It was just over a year ago that leaders of 34 nations of the hemisphere gathered in Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas. How much progress has been made in the past year on the goals expressed at the summit?

April 28, 2010: Ex-Im Bank On Track to Double Latin America Financing This Year
By Matthew Schewel
The Export-Import Bank of the United States is on track to double its financing of U.S. exports to Latin America this year as part of President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to increase the country's exports twofold by 2015, the bank's head said Tuesday.

April 26, 2010: Bolivia Seeks Investment as Companies Vie to Develop Lithium
By Matthew Schewel
Bolivia's government is in negotiations with a number of firms to develop the country's vast lithium reserves and plans to award the concession to the company that offers it the best deal for "comprehensive industrialization," Finance Minister Luis Arce said Friday.

April 23, 2010: At Washington Summit, U.S. and Venezuela Renew Energy Dialogue
By Matthew Schewel
Venezuela and the United States last Friday held their first cabinet-level meeting on energy cooperation since 2004, pledging to restart the exchange of technical information that was suspended during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

April 21, 2010: How Could U.S. Financial Reform Affect Money Transfer Companies?
By Manuel Orozco, Annette LoVoi, Paul Dwyer and Tom Haider
A draft version of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act proposed by U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D.-Conn.) contains an amendment that would directly impact the money transfer industry, including requirements that companies regularly disclose and post exchange rates. How would the bill in its current form affect remittance providers?

April 15, 2010: At Energy Summit, IDB Pledges to Double Energy Loans By 2012
By Matthew Schewel
The Inter-American Development Bank plans to double lending for energy and climate-related projects from an estimated $1.5 billion this year to $3 billion by 2012, the bank's president said Thursday at a summit of Western Hemisphere energy ministers in Washington

March 16, 2010: Is This Time Different For Latin American Economies?
By Claudio Loser
The common wisdom these days is that Latin America has learned its lessons after 30 years of general mismanagement, and that now the situation is truly different. In an attempt to find out, I focused on the predictors of external crises described in the book "This Time is Different" by Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart.

February 26, 2010: Pentagon Official: Drug Traffickers Threatening Central America
By Matthew Schewel
The top U.S. Defense Department official for Latin America expressed concern Thursday that a crackdown on the drug trade in Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean is leading traffickers to seek refuge in Central America, posing a potentially destabilizing threat to the region.

February 25, 2010: Head of Mexican Banking Association Sees Rebound in Loan Growth
By Matthew Schewel
The head of Mexico's banking association said Wednesday he expects loan growth to top 10 percent this year as the country pulls out of its worst recession in over a decade. Mortgages and loans to small businesses are poised to grow more than 15 and 20 percent respectively.

February 3, 2010: Region's Economic Outlook Depends Increasingly on China, Brazil
By Dialogue staff
Latin America and the Caribbean—a region made up of more than 20 nations—increasingly finds its economic outlook tied to the fate of two countries, Brazil and China, Wall Street analysts told an audience at the Inter-American Dialogue Wednesday.

January 28, 2010: In Profile: Brazil's New Ambassador to the U.S.
By Matthew Schewel
In Profile: Mauro Vieira: Brazil's New Ambassador to the United States

January 25, 2010: In Rebuilding Haiti, Improving Education Must Be a Priority
By Jeffrey Puryear
The severity of the earthquake's impact on the Haitian people is due in large part to the country's poverty and its weak government. Countries that are poor, and poorly educated, seldom have the human resources and institutions that can plan for emergencies and respond quickly and effectively when they occur.

January 20, 2010: A Conversation on the Chilean Elections
By Matthew Schewel
Sebastian Pinera will be Chile's first right-leaning president since its return to democracy in 1990, but the billionaire businessman is not likely to change the economic policies of his center-left predecessors, except for a few "minor adjustments."

January 4, 2010: FDI in the Region Will Recover This Year After Sliding in 2009
By Alicia Bárcena
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) was expected to fall considerably in 2009 as a consequence of the global economic crisis.

December 24, 2009: What Issues Will Drive U.S.-Latin American Relations Next Year?
By Arturo Valenzuela, Peter Hakim, Andrés Rozental and Roger Noriega
According to a Gallup Poll conducted last summer, Latin Americans' perceptions of U.S. leadership improved dramatically this year as President Barack Obama took office. Despite general public goodwill, however, the Obama administration has faced sharp criticism over the handling of the coup in Honduras and a military agreement between the United States and Colombia that alienated some countries in South America. What issues will drive U.S.-Latin American relations in the coming year?

December 23, 2009: Latin America's Economic Growth Will Rebound in 2010
By Shelly Shetty
Latin America has withstood the stress test of the global economic and financial crisis relatively well. The region entered the period of the global financial crisis in relatively good health with record-high international reserves, manageable external account imbalances, modest government debt burdens and comparatively healthy financial systems that were not exposed to "toxic" assets or highly dependent on external funding.