The Pan American Association provides News & Notes for the Philadelphia community and for all those interested in developing a better understanding of the vibrant and deep relationship between the United States and the people of the Americas. For over 70 years the Pan American Association has been the preeminent forum for dialogue in the Delaware Valley on a relationship which is intensifying daily. We hope that News & Updates will serve as a solid bridge of communication among all the countries of the Americas. Never in history has the need for such a dialogue been greater than it is today.

  • NAFTA Assessment

    Tuesday, 18 September 2018

    Peter Hakim, of the Inter-American Dialogue, examines what he calls the “high cost of tampering with NAFTA.” It raises serious concerns about the future of free trade and US relations with Latin America:

    “For sure, other Latin American nations have been watching closely. Even though China has replaced the United States as the largest trade partner of many countries of the hemisphere, most Latin American economies are still heavily reliant on US trade and investment (though assuredly not to the extent of Mexico or Canada). And many nations have established high levels of cooperation with the US on other fronts. But governments and their citizens across Latin America have become increasingly wary and mistrustful of the Trump administration. In the short run, they—like Mexico—have few options other than continuing to work with Washington and accommodate to its current policies in the region. But the region is already searching hard for alternatives, and will surely find them if the current US agenda for the Americas persists. By trying to impose its will on Mexico and the rest of Latin America, often in disagreeable, offensive ways, the Trump government is steadily losing its already paper thin credibility in the region.”

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  • ¡Nicaragua Sigue Sufriendo!

    ¡Nicaragua Sigue Sufriendo!
    Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    Written by Alejandro José Gallard Prío, Former Honorary Consul of Nicaragua in Philadelphia

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  • Enrique Krauze

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    One of Mexico's leading intellectuals, Enrique Krauze, comments on the future of democracy in his country

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  • Rebuilding Democracy

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    Taking an historical and comparative perspective, Venezuelan scholar Eduardo Hausmann writes on how to rebuild democracy in Venezuela. Caution: no magic formula, but history offers examples of how it was done.

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  • China in Latin America

    Wednesday, 03 January 2018

    A report by the National Endowment for Democracy warns:

    “Together with Beijing’s attempts to project an image of itself as an accommodating power that shares similar development and modernization goals with the developing world, this soft power approach has enabled China to earn the sympathies of political elites across Latin America. The perception among these enthusiastic political elites that China would make an attractive partner rests primarily on its economic development over the past four decades, its ability to weather the global financial crisis virtually untouched, and its ever-growing influence in the international arena. The prospect that China can provide economic opportunities that other international partners cannot offer, along with the United States’ diminishing presence in the region, is also a decisive factor behind Beijing’s new, fresh, and friendly image in Latin America.”


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  • Alternative to NAFTA?

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    Mexico and Canada now have an alternative to trade with the United States, giving them more leverage in contentious NAFTA talks.



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  • Brazil's National Insecurity Emergency

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    Brazil's president has described a deepening, nationwide crisis of insecurity as a "national emergency” that must be addressed.

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  • Upcoming Elections in Brazil and Mexico

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    Upcoming presidential elections in Brazil and Mexico could reshape politics in Latin America and deeply affect relations with the United States.

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  • Impact of Hispanics in the United States

    Wednesday, 15 November 2017

    The immense impact of Hispanics in the United States, the 5 sectors in which they are prominent: business, food, music, education, politics.

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  • Wisdom about NAFTA

    Monday, 18 September 2017

    Cities and metro areas in the United States and Mexico are crafting their own metro-to-metro trade arrangements. May of these dwarf in scale and impact the policy decisions made at the national level.

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NAFTA Assessment

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Peter Hakim, of the Inter-American Dialogue, examines what he calls the “high cost of tampering wi...

¡Nicaragua Sigue Sufriendo!

Tuesday June 5, 2018

Written by Alejandro José Gallard Prío, Former Honorary Consul of Nicaragua in Philadelphia...

Rebuilding Democracy

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Taking an historical and comparative perspective, Venezuelan scholar Eduardo Hausmann writes on how ...

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