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.

  • 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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  • Military Options in Venezuela

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Frank Mora, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Latin America and speaker at the Pan American Association, discusses why Trump’s suggestion of US military intervention in Venezuela is a bad idea.

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  • Real Cost of Border Wall

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    A detailed analysis of the economic and environmental costs of a border wall. The author, Vanda Felbab-Brown, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She conducted field research at the border.

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  • Chile Giant in Renewable Energy

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Chile is rapidly expanding its clean energy grid, which includes vast solar fields, wind farms, and thermal. Its energy transformation is one of the most ambitious in Latin America, a region that is decisively moving beyond fossil fuels.

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