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Will the Pacific Alliance Strengthen Ties With Asia?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views on the Pacific Alliance’s trade ties with Asian nations beyond China.

Margaret Myers, Luz María de la Mora, Hari Seshasayee, Benjamin Creutzfeldt, Angela Torres-Andresen

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Rebeca Grynspan

Member in the News: Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan will be appointed as the next secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) under UN Secretary General António Guterres.

Rebeca Grynspan

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Is a Proposed Rail Merger Good for North America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A on the possibility of the first railway to connect Mexico, Canada and the United State and its significance.

Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Francisco Sánchez, Ellen Voie, Mike Steenhoek

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Ricardo Zuniga, Thiago Barral, Nestor Forster Jr, Fernanda Delgado, Lisa Viscdi

Private Roundtable on US-Brazil Energy & Climate Cooperation

Energy and climate change are important aspects of the US-Brazil relationship and will only become more prominent under the Biden administration. Brazil and the US are important diplomatic and trade partners in the hemisphere, and both countries have the potential to make major contributions to combating climate change and developing more sustainable and reliable energy systems. In collaboration with FGV Energia, on February 26, the Inter-American Dialogue held a private virtual roundtable on US-Brazil energy and climate cooperation.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro shaking hands.

Are Brazil & the U.S. on a Fast Track to Closer Trade Ties?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring expert’s viewpoints on the future of trade ties between the United States and Brazil.

Peter Hakim, Jim Kolbe, Francisco Sánchez, Renata Amaral, Cassia Carvalho, Adrian Cruz Vazquez

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Power Grab: What Mexico’s State-Centered Electricity Policy Means for Trade, Climate, and the Economy

Over the past two years, the government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sought to strip away central aspects of the 2013 energy reform that increased private investment in the power sector and return control of the sector to state utility CFE. These moves will reduce needed investment in the sector and lead to higher electricity costs for Mexican industry and manufacturing, affecting employment, trade, and Mexico’s ability to meet its clean energy targets, according to this new report by the Inter-American Dialogue.

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham, Sarah Phillips

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Can a New Leader Revitalize the World Trade Organization?

What did Brazil’s Azevêdo bring to the WTO, and how does his early departure affect the organization and its work?

Kellie Meiman, Kristen Hopewell, Gary Hufbauer, Richard Eglin, Renata Vargas Amaral

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Is the Coronavirus a Major Threat to Latin America?

What will be the coronavirus outbreak’s global economic fallout, and how will such trends affect Latin American and Caribbean economies?

Margaret Myers, Fiona Mackie, Peter Sand, Zhen Pan

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Editor’s Picks: Top Content from the Latin America Advisor 2019

Top selections from the Latin America Advisor’s editorial staff of issues covering especially important developments during 2019, a remarkable year for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Erik Brand, Gene Kuleta, Anastasia Chacón González

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What’s Driving New Changes in Brazil-China Trade Ties?

How has the trade dynamic between Brazil and China changed in recent years, and will trade flows increase significantly in the near future? What implications would stronger trade ties between the countries have for their other trading partners?

Margaret Myers, Ricardo Barrios, Andre Soares, Pepe Zhang, Haibin Niu

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USMCA and Latin American Energy Diplomacy Under a New US Congress

November’s midterm elections altered the balance of power in Washington, and the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, which will mean new chairs on key committees, will play an important role in shaping US energy diplomacy and energy markets in the Western Hemisphere. At an event co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Institute of the Americas, panelists discussed how the new Congress will approach key issues affecting energy within the context of Latin America’s evolving role in US trade and foreign policy.

Nate Graham, Chris Kambhu

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Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, pictured arriving for summit meetings in Papua New Guinea last weekend, will host next year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. // Photo: APEC.

What Should Latin America Take Away From APEC 2018?

How did ongoing global trade tensions change the agenda at the 2018 APEC Summit?

Margaret Myers, Ricardo Barrios, John Maisto, Mikio Kuwayama, Won-Ho Kim, Richard E. Feinberg

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Are Japan’s Ties to Latin America Getting Stronger?

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Latin America Aug. 11-19, with stops in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. Kono’s priorities during the trip were strengthening economic cooperation and trade ties with the region, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and seeking support on diplomatic issues, including those related to North Korea, NHK reported. What did he accomplish during his tour? Where are Japan-Latin America relations headed? Does Japan have a clear and coherent strategy in Latin America? Which sectors and countries in the region are of greatest importance for Japan, and what is driving that interest?

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