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.

  • Brazilian Army

    Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    What should the Brazilian Army do in the absence of threats to the country? Perhaps the answer is to assume more police type missions, which it is increasingly and reluctantly doing. This is an important question that affects not only Brazil’s, but a number of Latin American military institutions.

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  • Shifting Latin American Trade favors China

    Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    A sobering assessment of trade relations:
    “What happened to free trade? The United States has free trade agreements with Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Central America, yet China has still managed to establish itself as a major economic presence in these countries. Despite the lack of constraints and the expectation that trade flows would jump dramatically between the U.S. and its southern neighbors, China has either displaced the U.S. (in Chile and Peru) or begun to pose a threat to its economic dominance (in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership sends an additional signal to Latin America that the U.S. is retreating from the world stage. The door is open for China and other emerging powers to fill the void and become the new hegemonic economic power in the region.”

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  • FARC Out of the Jungle

    Tuesday, 09 May 2017

    Article describes how a FARC commander, a man of bourgeois taste, prepares for peace after years of war. Provides valuable insights into the contradictions and brutalities of Colombia’s conflict.

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  • Russia in Nicaragua

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    Three decades after this tiny Central American nation became the prize in a Cold War battle with Washington, Russia is once again planting its flag in Nicaragua. Over the past two years, the Russian government has added muscle to its security partnership here, selling tanks and weapons, sending troops, and building facilities intended to train Central American forces to fight drug trafficking.

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  • Wisdom about NAFTA

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    A strong, stable Mexican economy, led by a government committed to working with the US, is clearly in America’s interests. Trump would be well advised to work quickly to ensure that the NAFTA renegotiations he has demanded generate this outcome.

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  • Enrique Krauze, Mexico and the United States

    Monday, 10 April 2017

    Enrique Krauze, one of Mexico’s leading intellectuals, reflects on the impact of the US-Mexican war of 1846: “The United States invasion of Mexico in 1846 inflicted a painful wound that, in the 170 years that followed, turned into a scar. Donald Trump has torn it open again…But the best and most just reparation would be American immigration reform that could open the road to citizenship for the descendants of those Mexicans who suffered the unjust loss of half their territory.”

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  • Colombia's Social Impact Bonds

    Monday, 10 April 2017

    A remarkable project is underway in Colombia. The signing of the contracts for the Colombia Workforce Social Impact Bond (SIB) will target skills training and employment support to vulnerable, unemployed individuals in Bogotá, Cali, and Pereira.

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  • Corn and NAFTA

    Monday, 03 April 2017

    Corn producers in the US are concerned that the Trump administration’s policy will affect corn exports to Mexico. “Now corn has taken on a new role — as a powerful lever for Mexican officials in the run-up to talks over Nafta, the North American Free Trade Agreement. The reason: Much of the corn that Mexico consumes comes from the United States, making it America’s top agricultural export to its southern neighbor. And even though President Trump appears to be pulling back from his vows to completely overhaul Nafta, Mexico has taken his threats to heart and has begun flexing its own muscle. The Mexican government is exploring buying its corn elsewhere — including Argentina or Brazil — as well as increasing domestic production. In a fit of political pique, a Mexican senator even submitted a bill to eliminate corn purchases from the United States within three years.”

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  • Latin American Policy

    Monday, 03 April 2017

    A distinguished scholar comments:
    “To this day, a minority of Latin Americans remain staunchly anti-American. Their attitude toward the United States is ideological; there is nothing the country could do to change their dislike of it. But the rest of Latin America is not ideological but transactional. In dealing with the United States, these majorities respond to reciprocity. When they perceive the United States as treating them fairly and equally — as an interested partner more than as a detached or distrustful boss — they respond in kind. The new United States foreign policy, with its xenophobic protectionism aptly symbolized by Mr. Trump’s promised wall on the Mexican border, will turn these supporters into antagonists. Where applied, this policy will provoke a nationalist backlash and polarization. That much is clear. Mr. Trump may not see it, but the writing is on the wall — his wall.”


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  • Immigration from Latin America Slowing

    Monday, 03 April 2017

    Weak labor-supply growth in Mexico and other Latin American countries means immigration to the U.S. of young, low-skilled workers will continue to slow until it reaches zero in 2050—even without the implementation of Trump’s border policies…In light of the changing demographics of migrant-sending nations, the current emphasis of the U.S. government on further intensifying immigration enforcement is puzzling. Why build a wall to stop an immigration surge that has largely already occurred?

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News & Commentary

Brazilian Army

Tuesday July 11, 2017

What should the Brazilian Army do in the absence of threats to the country? Perhaps the answer is to...

Shifting Latin American Trade favors China

Tuesday July 11, 2017

A sobering assessment of trade relations: “What happened to free trade? The United States has fr...

FARC Out of the Jungle

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Article describes how a FARC commander, a man of bourgeois taste, prepares for peace after years of ...

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